Cabrini's Elmer is LM's Division III Preseason POY
|Can Elmer continue to befuddle opposing defenses with his balanced game? (Kevin Tucker)|
BALTIMORE – For most teams, the best feeder and the best goal-scorer are two different people. But for Cabrini, Corey Elmer managed to step into the leadership of both stat categories once switched to attack early a year ago, racking up points and earning the Lacrosse Magazine nod for NCAA Men's Division III Preseason Player of the Year.
As a junior, Elmer had a remarkable 57 goals and 55 assists, demonstrating the ability to rifle home goals, or find teammates with skip passes when teams sagged his way to slow him down. The 112 points led all of Division III, and were second only to Albany's Lyle Thompson, who earned Lacrosse Magazine's preseason POY honors for DI.
"When you see goal-scorers, you'll see 70 goals and 20 assists," Cabrini coach Steve Colfer told Jac Coyne in the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine. "You never see that absolute balance Corey had."
Elmer's totals led his nearest teammates by at a wide margin in both categories, with Bobby Thorp's 43 goals and 25 assists standing distant second to Elmer at No. 2.
He trailed only Keuka's Connor Latimer for the national Points Per Game title, with Latimer's 83 points in 13 games (6.38) just edging his 5.89 points over the Cavaliers' 19-game year (they advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling to eventual runner-up RIT).
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Corey Elmer, Cabrini, Sr. A – 28%
Brian Cannon, Dickinson, Sr. A – 26%
Kyle Aquin, RIT, Jr., M – 21%
Joe Slavik, Cortland, Sr., M – 15%
Callum Robinson, Stevenson, Jr. D – 7%