#LMRanks Best Bets: NCAA Division II Women's All-Americans and Awards
|There's little argument that LM's Preseason Player of the Year Jackie Sileo is the favorite for the Attacker of the Year honor as well. (Greg Wall)|
Lacrosse is a team sport, but individual player excellence is honored every season for the few who stand out - often leaders of successful teams. Lacrosse Magazine has an eye on who the early front-runners for those various awards and honors we consider 'best bets' to have standout seasons in 2014.
These selections appear in the February 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription.
Attacker of the Year
Jackie Sileo, LIU Post
Sileo has a preternatural ability for finding an open scorer and double-digit assist games are not uncommon. Division II's all-time points leader and a two-time NCAA champion, Sileo has one more season to add to her already storied legacy.
Midfielder of the Year
Jessica Pandolf, Lock Haven
On offense (64 goals in 2013), Pandolf is patient, can challenge 1-on-1, draw the double and dump, read screens and pick off ball. On defense (21 caused turnovers) her speed allows her to take chances.
Defender of the Year
Taylor Norwood, Indiana (Pa.)
The three-time all-region selection had 33 caused turnovers in 2013 along with 38 ground balls, 31 draw controls and two assists, while helping the Crimson Hawks put up the PSAC's second-stingiest defense.
Kelly Award (Goalie of the Year)
Katie Hammerer, Florida Southern
The 2013 IWLCA Division II Goalie of the Year ranked sixth nationally with a 51.5 save percentage and 16th in goals against average (9.68), helping the Mocs, who went 11-4 and only lost to NCAA tournament teams, to a successful second year.
|Florida Southern's Katie Hammerer is the defending Kelly Award winner. (Florida Southern Athletics)|
A Kathleen Conese, Le Moyne, Sr.
A Sarah Oor, Limestone, Sr.
A Caroline Lamere, Rollins, Sr.
A Jackie Sileo, LIU Post, Sr.
M Jessica Pandolf, Lock Haven, Jr.
M Samantha Stavish, Dowling, Sr.
M Devan Crimi, Adelphi, Sr.
M Katie Rotan, LIU Post, Sr.
D Katherine Athens, Pfeiffer, Sr.
D Megan Collins, Le Moyne, Sr.
D Jacqueline Williams, Adelphi, Sr.
D Maia Czarnecki, Limestone, Sr.
D Melissa Rohr, LIU Post, Sr.
D Taylor Norwood, Indiana (Pa.), Sr.
G Katie Hammerer, Florida Southern, Sr.
G Ally Dorman, Bentley, Sr.
Rookie of the Year
Cassley Jackowski, Roberts Wesleyan
An Under Armour All-American at Lafayette (N.Y.) High, Jackowski twice put up nine assists in a high school game and ranks among the top 10 scorers in New York high school history.
Rachel O'Brien, Adelphi
The Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year started all 21 games during her freshman season, ranking second on the Panthers in points (75), goals (56) and assists (19). One of Rob Grella's first recruits should be Adelphi's next big star.
The Crimson Hawks have been on the verge of PSAC greatness and boosted their non-league schedule by adding Lindenwood, Florida Southern and Rollins this season. No one would want to face this defense in the NCAA tournament.
The first-year NCAA-eligible program from St. Charles, Mo., will play six top-15 teams and three 2013 South Region playoff teams. The Lions are capable of pulling off an upset, as they showed when they took Rollins to the brink last season before falling by a goal.
Lacrosse Magazine will continue its 2014 college lacrosse preview throughout January and into February, with team-by-team breakdowns of the top teams in NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's lacrosse. Follow the countdown at LaxMagazine.com/LMRanks and on twitter at #LMRanks.