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LM's Preseason POY Vote: NCAA Division III Men

by Jac Coyne | LaxMagazine.com | Coyne Archive | Twitter

Cortland's Joe Slavik may be the most complete midfielder in the game. But do you think he'll be the best overall in 2014? (Photo by Kevin Tucker)

Voting is now closed. Pick up a copy of the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine to learn who LM staff selected as Preseason Player of the Year.

Stevenson broke through with its first-ever NCAA championship last spring, and return a defense anchored by do-it-all defender Callum Robinson. Kyle Aquin got RIT to the finals against the Mustangs and turned heads with a monster 7-goal performance to cap a 65-goal season. Cortland's Joe Slavik Dickinson's Brian Cannon and Cabrini's Cory Elmer are all waiting in the wings with enough chutzpah and talent to have real shots at leading their teams to one of those championship weekend spots in Baltimore. And because of this fact, they're all in the running for our Preseason Player of the Year vote.

The full voting list for all categories is available here.

Read the case for each of the finalists and cast your vote below, and be sure to rally the troops for your picks by sharing on social media using #LaxPOY. (Finalists are listed in alphabetical order)

Kyle Aquin, Jr., Midfield – RIT

A classic Canadian finisher (65g, 10a, 44.8 sh%), Aquin was a man-up terror (19g). The seven-goal performance in the title game turned heads, but he was producing the entire season for the Tigers.

Brian Cannon, Sr., Attackman – Dickinson

The top gun for the potent Red Devils offense, Cannon (48g, 20a) has been producing since he arrived in Carlisle. With the graduation of some complimentary pieces, he could be on the cusp of a monster season.

Corey Elmer, Sr., Attack – Cabrini

Whether it was scoring (57g) or playmaking (55a), Elmer did it all in '13. And while the CSAC isn't the strongest, he averaged nearly four points a game against NCAA tourney qualifiers last spring.

Callum Robinson, Jr., Defense – Stevenson

A do-it-all defenseman who can put the ball on the ground (team-high 35 CTs), pick it up (73 GBs) and deliver the mail (3g, 2a) if necessary, Robinson fits perfectly into the Mustangs' aggressive ethos.

Joe Slavik, Sr., Midfield – Cortland

Despite being the most complete midfielder in the game, Slavik is not afraid to grind. His numbers (33g, 26a) just tell part of the story about what he means to the Red Dragons.


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