LM's Preseason POY Vote: WCLA Division II
|Julia Joo and James Madison made a big splash in 2013, but can they repeat this spring? (Cecil Copeland)|
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.
James Madison made a big splash a year ago, earning a first-ever spot in the national tournament and proceeding to win the whole thing, anchored by Julia Joo's eight goals in wins over Loyola and Utah to seal the championship. But returners like Greyhounds keeper Molly Burnett and Utah defender Traci Shurtleff have post-season experience of their own.
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)
Molly Burnett, Loyola Club, Sr., G
Burnett was named the WCLA's top goalie last year and showed why at the national tournament. She made 11 saves in an opening-round win over defending national champion North Carolina Club and then had a stellar 16-save performance in wild game against eventual champion James Madison Club.
Julie Joo, James Madison Club, Sr., A
JMU Club made its first appearance last year at nationals and Joo made sure it was memorable. Joo had five goals in a semifinal win over Loyola Club, including the winner with 38 seconds left, and added three goals in the national championship game win over Utah.
Desiree Messina, Oakland, Sr., A
Oakland's high-powered offense generates a ton of girls, and Messina, the reigning WCLA Division II attacker of the year, is a big reason why. Messina led the Grizzlies with 84 points (67g, 17a) in the regular season and added nine more goals at nationals.
Traci Shurtleff, Utah, Sr., D
Utah had one of the top defenses in the WCLA last season, and Shurtleff was a major reason why, earning first team All-America honors. She helped the Utes reach the national championship game.
Jaycee Slack, Gonzaga, Sr., M
Even without her team making nationals, Slack was a first team All-American and named the WCLA's top midfielder. Now the two-time All-American will attempt to lead the Bulldogs to the tournament.
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