February 19, 2014

 

#LMRanks Best Bets: NCAA WD3 All-Americans and Awards

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Salisbury's Ashton Wheatley is LM's pick for both the Kelly (Goalie of the Year) Award and preseason Player of the Year for NCAA Division III women's lacrosse. (Scott McCall)

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

Erica Geremia, Cortland

Last year we saw the start of one of those careers people talk about in Central New York. As a freshman, Geremia led Division III in points and placed third in Cortland's all-time single-season record book in assists (56) and points (111).

Midfielder of the Year

Bethany Baer, Salisbury

Baer followed in the footsteps of her brother, Brett, to Salisbury and hasn't looked back. She's the Sea Gulls' top returning scorer and has lost just one game in two years on campus.

Defender of the Year

Jessica Lavelle, Cortland

The Red Dragons have reached two straight final fours and ranked ninth in scoring defense in 2013. Lavelle, the 2013 IWLCA Defender of the Year, led all players on NCAA tournament teams in caused turnovers per game (2.52).

Kelly Award (Goalie of the Year)

Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury

Related: Wheatley is LM's Preseason Player of the Year for NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse

No goalie plays like the athletic, freewheeling Wheatley, who ranked second in Division III in goals against average and save percentage, was named NCAA Tournament MVP and has lost just once in two years as a starter.

First-Team All-Americans

Can Redlands sneak into the mix as an improved west coast squad in 2014? (Redlands Athletics)

A Erica Geremia, Cortland, So.
A Liza Herzog, Middlebury, Sr.
A Lindsay McKenna, Colby, Sr.
A Tierney Conlon, Montclair State, Sr.
A Kelsey Markiewicz. Gettysburg, Sr.
A Emma Ehler, Susquehanna, Jr.
M Lauren Pigott, TCNJ, Sr.
M Bethany Baer, Salisbury, Jr.
M Caroline Hayes, Trinity, Jr.
M Alexandra Philie, Amherst, Jr.
M Caroline Krohn, Franklin & Marshall, Sr.
D Meghan Toomey, Salisbury, Sr.
D Jessica Lavelle, Cortland, Sr.
D Erica Nangeroni, Bowdoin, Sr.
G Kelsey Hoffman, Franklin & Marshall, Sr.
G Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury, Sr.

Breakout Player

Emma Ehler, Susquehanna

After rewriting the Crusaders' record book in her first two seasons, Ehler helped them get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002 and could top Division III's scoring list in 2014.

Bracket Buster

Hamilton

The Continentals are just a few years removed from being a national title contender and are capable of beating anyone. Despite consecutive disappointing NESCAC regular seasons, they knocked out Bowdoin and Colby from the past two conference tournaments.

Sleeper

Redlands

The West Coast gets more competitive every year and the SCIAC's top team has reached back-to-back NCAA tournaments. With third-team All-American Jacky Craycraft, who scored 77 goals last season, the Bulldogs should be back.

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. 


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