February 12, 2016
Erica Geremia led the nation in scoring with 121 points and is more comfortable in her surroundings this year. (Keith Lucas)
Erica Geremia led the nation in scoring with 121 points and is more comfortable in her surroundings this year. (Keith Lucas)

Geremia is Nike/LM D-II Women's Preseason Player of Year

by Shane Mettlen | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

If there was ever much doubt whether one of the top players in Division III women's lacrosse could successfully make the transition to Division II, Le Moyne attacker Erica Geremia quickly put an end to the debate last season.

Last year, Geremia made the jump, along with her coach Kathy Taylor, from Division III powerhouse Cortland State to Le Moyne and established herself as the Dolphins go-to player on offense. She led the nation in scoring with 121 points and helped the Dolphins advance to the NCAA semifinals.

That was more than enough to make the Camillus, N.Y., product the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Women's Preseason Player of the Year. What should be frightening for Le Moyne's opponents is the fact Geremia feels much more comfortable in her surroundings heading into this season.

"Last year, the transition was a little easier than it might have been because I knew some of the girls and I was with my coach I had been with two years prior to that," Geremia said. "But this year, heading into the spring season and coming off of a great fall together we look amazing together. Last year was kind of like I was coming in as a freshman all over again."

Geremia was one of the most balanced attackers in the nation last season, scoring 67 goals with 54 assists and made a consistent effort to get her new teammates involved in the scoring. The result was six different Dolphins scoring at least 20 goals. Now with a year at the school, her coach said she's become more assertive and taken on more of a leadership role.

"I think Erica, being a second-year player here at Le Moyne, has a stronger voice this year," Taylor said. "She led by example last year. This year's she's more compelled to help others and talk because she knows them better. She's trying to help the team in any way she can and she's been able to do that because she knows everyone so much better this year."

Barring injury, individual honors are almost sure to come to Geremia in her senior season. But at Le Moyne there's been a huge focus on bringing home a national championship. Geremia has been knocking on the door her entire career, leading Cortland to two final fours before taking the Dolphins that far a year ago, but the ultimate celebration has eluded her.

"Erica is a hard worker and she's certainly worked hard this past offseason to improve as a player," Taylor said. "She's had a lot of individual success as a player and has enjoyed a fair amount of success as a team player.

"But I think one thing that Erica hasn't done and is driven to do is get that team championship. Her teammates at Cortland, after she left, did get that last year. She was a big part of Le Moyne having success last year, but the one thing that has eluded her in her college career is she's been playing at the very top of the game, but hasn't walked away on the last day with the trophy."

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