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December 19, 2012

#LMRanks: Colorado State, St. Thomas Lead MCLA Preseason Polls

Pitt's Tyler Novotny, Westminster's Jake Arthur named preseason players of the year

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Pitt's Tyler Novotny, Lacrosse Magazine's MCLA Division I Preseason Player of the Year, scored 67 goals and had 17 assists for the Panthers in 2012.
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BALTIMORE — Colorado State and St. Thomas earned the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason rankings for the 2013 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Divisions I and II, respectively, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Pitt attackman Tyler Novotny and Westminster midfielder Jake Arthur as its preseason players of the year for Divisions I and II, respectively.

The Rams will enter the 17th season of MCLA play coming off a record fifth Division I championship last spring, having defeated Cal Poly, 7-5, in the title game in Greenville, S.C. Attackman Austin Fisher, who led Colorado State with 56 goals assists last year, is one of several returnees.

Pitt reached the MCLA tournament for the first time last season thanks in large part to Novotny. A transfer from the varsity program at St. John's (N.Y.), he scored 67 goals and dished out 17 assists for the 12-3 Panthers.

The Tommies, likewise, are defending champions. St. Thomas rallied past Grand Valley State, 9-8, to win the program's third Division II title in four years. The Lakers are ranked second.

Arthur, a senior, notched 47 goals along with 14 assists to help Westminster finish with a 16-3 mark and an appearance in the Division II quarterfinals.

Lacrosse Magazine's complete rankings as follows:

MCLA Division I Preseason Top 20

1. Colorado State
2. Arizona State
3. Cal Poly
4. Chapman
5. Brigham Young
6. Michigan State
7. Colorado
8. UC Santa Barbara
9. Virginia Tech
10. Oregon
11. Buffalo
12. Pittsburgh
13. California
14. Florida State
15. Sonoma State
16. Boston College
17. Davenport
18. Northeastern
19. Minnesota-Duluth
20. Connecticut

Preseason Player of the Year
Tyler Novotny, Pittsburgh, Sr. A

MCLA Division II Preseason Top 20

1. St. Thomas
2. Grand Valley State
3. Westminster
4. North Dakota State
5. Dayton
6. St. John's
7. SCAD
8. Briarcliffe
9. Concordia (Calif.)
10. Indiana Tech
11. Western Oregon
12. Elon
13. St. Mary's (Calif.)
14. Kennesaw State
15. Washington (Mo.)
16. Coast Guard
17. Missouri Baptist
18. Cal State Fullerton
19. Sam Houston State
20. Liberty

Preseason Player of the Year
Jake Arthur, Westminster, Sr. M

Lacrosse Magazine began its countdown of preseason team rankings and player honorees Monday with the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA). For more, visit LaxMagazine.com/LMranks. Follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter and Tweet using the hashtag #LMranks. The countdown will resume Jan. 2, 2013, with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).


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