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High School Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces “2013 Western Girls Lacrosse All-American Team”


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Arizona – Holly Berns, M (Marcos de Niza, 2013)
Arizona – Areta Buness, M (Xavier College Preparatory, 2015)
California – Rebecca Golding, M (Rancho Palos Verdes, 2013)
California – Kylie Drexel, M (Davis HS, 2013)
California – Kerianne Hunt, M (Carondelet, 2013)
California – Erin Jeffery, A (Carondelet, 2013)
California – Nina Kelty, M (Palo Alto HS, 2013)
California – Alexandra Kim, M (Menlo School, 2013)
California – Klein Laura, M (Foothill, 2013)
California – Katie Merritt, G (Carondelet, 2013)
California – Katrina Reeves, G (Granite Bay, 2013)
California – Julie Crowell, A (Los Alamitos HS, 2013)
California – Caitlin Derry, M (Los Alamitos HS, 2014)
California – Riley Eggeman, M (Capistrano Valley HS, 2014)
California – Haley Fessenden, M (Los Alamitos HS, 2014)
California – Janelle Williams, M (Mater Dei HS, 2013)
California – Paige Soenksen, G (La Costa Canyon HS, 2013)
California – Kate Pederson, M (Coronado HS, 2013)
California – Caroline Dineen-Carlson, A (Coronado HS, 2013)
California – Bridget Grubb, M (La Costa Canyon HS, 2014)
California – Kiana Gibson, M (La Costa Canyon HS, 2013)
California – Martha Byrne, M (Coronado HS, 2014)
Colorado – Natalie Berg, M (Air Academy HS, 2014)
Colorado – Sarah Brown, A (Centaurus HS, 2014)
Colorado – Madison Dewinter, M (Chaparral, 2013)
Colorado – Catherine Ellis, A (Kent Denver, 2013)
Colorado – Kaley Holmes, M (Air Academy HS, 2014)
Colorado – Erin Sungelo, M (Regis Jesuit, 2013)
Idaho – Katherine Liposchak, M (Bishop Kelly HS, 2013)
Idaho – Sydney Sell, A (Eagle HS, 2013)
Oregon – Mariah Gatti, M (West Linn HS, 2014)
Oregon – Lilly Newman, M (Lake Oswego HS, 2014)
Texas – Sara Holland, A (Lamar HS, 2013)
Texas – Lyndsey Lafitte, D (Lamar HS, 2014)
Texas – Amanda Leavell, M (St. John’s School, 2013)
Texas – Robby Rybarczyk, M (St. John’s School, 2013)
Texas – Jenn Blum, G (Ursuline Academy of Dallas, 2013)
Utah – Annie Glenn, M (Skyline HS, 2013)
Utah – Maddie Haynes, M (Park City HS, 2013)
Washington – Avalon Agawa, D (Lakeside, 2013)
Washington – Meg Chapman, D (Woodinville, 2013)
Washington – Natalie Fox, M (Lakeside, 2013)
Washington – Dulce Moll, A (Mercer, 2013)
Washington – Claire Monsaas, M (Redmond, 2013)
Washington – Maddie Stevenson, G (Bainbridge, 2013)
Washington – Camille Sullivan, M (Interlake, 2014)
Washington – Regan Wortley, D (Bainbridge, 2013)

High School Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces “2013 Western Boys Lacrosse All-American Team”


US Lacrosse High School All-Americans BannerArizona – Anthony Abbadessa, A (Desert Vista, 2014)
Arizona – Landon Gagner, A (Brophy College Prep, 2013)
Arizona – Alex Larson, G (Chaparral, 2014)
Arizona – Steven Larson, M (Chaparral, 2013)
Arizona – Brad Nordstrom, G (Brophy College Prep, 2014)
California-Sacramento – Elijah Gaea, A/M (Jesuit HS, 2013)
California-Sacramento – Mikie Schlosser, A/M (Davis HS, 2013)
California-Sacramento – Josh Wellman, A/M (Oak Ridge HS, 2014)
California-Sacramento – Harley Whitham, G (Franklin HS, 2014)
California-Central – John Jackson, M (Stevenson School, 2013)
California-Central – Tyler Sweeney-Marquez, D (Aptos HS, 2013)
California-Greater L.A. – Harrison Faecher, M (Redondo Union, 2014)
California-Greater L.A. – Chris Groel, D (Palisades Charter, 2013)
California-Greater L.A. – Cooper Perkins, G (Loyola, 2013)
California-Greater L.A. – Tony Romeri, A (Palos Verdes, 2013)
California-Greater L.A. – Nick Steinfeld, A (Brentwood School, 2013)
California-Greater L.A. – Jack Temko, M (Harvard-Westlake, 2014)
California-Orange County – Hunter Edington, M (St. Margaret’s, 2014)
California-Orange County – Trevor Jackson, G (Huntington Beach, 2013)
California-Orange County – Casey Mix, A (Corona Del Mar, 2013)
California-Orange County – Chandler Rendl, D (Foothill, 2013)
California-Orange County – Cole Schleppy, M (JSerra Catholic, 2013)
California-Orange County – Alex Waller, A (St. Margaret’s Episcopal, 2013)
California-San Diego – Bryan Cooper, G (La Costa Canyon HS, 2013)
California-San Diego – Lucas Gradinger, A  (Torrey Pines, 2013)
California-San Diego – Christian Guinchard, D (Bishops, 2013)
California-San Diego – Michael Kay, M (Cathedral Catholic, 2014)
California-San Diego – Jake Kennedy, G (Torrey Pines, 2013)
California-San Diego – Kyle Mummau, D (La Costa Canyon HS, 2013)
California-San Diego – Jack Perkin, A/M (Coronado HS, 2013)
California-San Diego – Chris Summers, A (Westview, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Chad Bell, M (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Cameron Bowlby, G (San Ramon Valley HS, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Matt Emery, M (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Will Ernst, G (San Francisco University HS, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Charlie Ford, LSM (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Wesley Greason, A (Acalanes HS, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Joe Lang, A (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2014)
California-San Franscisco – Alex Lopez, M (Woodside HS, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Jack McCormick, A (De La Salle HS, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Jack McGovern, D (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2013)
California-San Franscisco – Joe Reid, M (Casa Grande Lacrosse Club, 2014)
California-San Franscisco – Aran Roberts, D (San Ramon Valley HS, 2014)
California-San Franscisco – Joe Rodrigues, A (Bellarmine College Prep, 2014)
California-San Franscisco – Cyrus Scott, G (St. Ignatius College Prep, 2014)
California-San Franscisco – Doug Strazza, LSM (De La Salle HS, 2014)
California-Ventura County – Carlo Castaneda, A (Westlake HS, 2014)
California-Ventura County – Grant Feitchans  –  M (Agoura HS  –  2014)
California-Ventura County – Jean-Jacques Ntshaykolo, D (Thatcher, 2013)
California-Ventura County – Sean Ryan, M  (Malibu HS, 2013)
California-Ventura County – Stephen Tusing  –  D (Agoura HS  –  2013)
Colorado – Pete Aplet, A (Wheat Ridge, 2013)
Colorado – Michael Babb, A (Arapahoe, 2013)
Colorado – Jason Cleary, G (Mullen, 2013)
Colorado – Wilkins Dismuke, A (Rock Canyon HS, 2013)
Colorado – Jake Gonzales, A (Columbine HS, 2013)
Colorado – JD Hall, LSM (Arapahoe, 2013)
Colorado – Blake Knobloch, M (Regis Jesuit, 2013)
Colorado – Jensen Makarov, G (Wheat Ridge, 2014)
Colorado – Luke Papillion, D/M (Cherry Creek, 2013)
Colorado – Dalton Sierra, A (Columbine HS, 2013)
Colorado – Austin Smith, A (Mullen, 2013)
Colorado – Brian Wegner, D (Regis Jesuit, 2013)
Colorado –  Eduardo White, M (Kent Denver, 2013)
Idaho – Josh Bush, M (Mountain View, 2014)
Idaho – Nicholas Guzzetti, A (Mountain View, 2014)
Idaho – Cole Oliver, G (Bishop Kelly, 2014)
Nevada – Justin Anderson, M (Centennial HS, 2014)
Nevada – Kieran Eissler, M (Coronado HS, 2013)
Oregon – Richard Guasco, M (Central Catholic, 2013)
Oregon – JR McLaughlin, A (Lakeridge, 2013)
Oregon – Gaelan Murray, G (Beaverton, 2013)
Oregon – Joel Schwarz, D (Lakeridge, 2015)
Oregon – Tyler Rich, M (Lakeridge, 2013)
Oregon – Dalton Tuor, M (West Linn, 2013)
Texas – Barrett Anigian, M (Episcopal School of Dallas, 2013)
Texas – Lee Belland, M (Dallas Jesuit, 2014)
Texas – Michael Edwards, LSM (Westlake High School, 2013)
Texas – Bear Goldstein, D (St. Mark’s, 2013)
Texas – Sean McCanna, M (Woodlands High School, 2014)
Texas – Matthew Meaders, G (Highland Park, 2013)
Texas – Robert Mencke, M (Highland Park, 2014)
Texas – Dan Morris, G (Dallas Jesuit, 2013)
Utah – Luke Graney, A (Juan Diego Catholic HS, 2013)
Utah – Jake Stout, M (Lone Peak HS, 2013)
Utah – Luke Fairman, M (Brighton HS, 2014)
Utah – Chandler Wescott, A (Bountiful HS, 2015)
Washington – Jack Beall, M (Camas High (King’s Way Lacrosse Team), 2013)
Washington – Cole Johnson, A (Bellevue High, 2013)
Washington – Jake Knostman, A (Bainbridge Island High, 2013)
Washington – Colin MacIlvennie, M (Eastside Catholic High, 2014)
Washington – Spencer Noonan, D (Skyline High, 2014)
Washington – Drew Tosaya, A (Inglemoor High, 2013)
Washington – Chase York, D (Mercer Island High, 2013)

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Attacker Logan Schuss Named To 2013 USILA All-American Second Team; Dominique Alexander, Jesse King And Joe Meurer Named To Honorable Mention All-American Teams


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse 2013 USILA All-Americans

Ohio State senior attackman Logan Schuss has been named a Second Team All-American and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander, sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior defenseman Joe Meurer have been named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), the organization announced Thursday.

Schuss is the first Buckeye named to a USILA first, second or third team twice and the first Ohio State player selected for the second team since Kevin Buchanan in 2008. Schuss is also the first Buckeye to earn USILA All-America accolades three times; he was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2010 (the first true freshman in Ohio State history named an All-American) and a third team pick in 2012 as a junior. Ten Buckeyes have earned USILA honors twice.

In Ohio State history, six Buckeyes including Schuss have been named to the USILA’s first, second or third teams. He joins Joe Bonanni (third team, 2012), Buchanan (second team, 2008), Greg Bice (second team, 2004), Skip Van Bourgondien (second team, 1971) and Glenn Rudy (third team, 1966).

Alexander, King and Meurer give Ohio State 39 USILA Honorable Mention All-America accolades all-time. The Buckeyes have had at least one All-America selection each year since 2008, totaling 13 in that span (two second team, two third team, nine honorable mention) and have 20 total honorees since 2000. This is the first time since 2008 and just the second time in program history four Ohio State players have been recognized by the USILA as All-Americans. The 1957 team ranks first with six honorable mention selections.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Middie Jim Marlatt, Defenseman Matt Miller Named 2013 USILA Third Team All-Americans; Matt Kavanagh, John Kemp Named Honorable Mention


Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse 2013 USILA All-Americans

For the ninth consecutive season the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program has produced multiple United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honorees. Jim Marlatt (Jr./M) and Matt Miller (Sr./D) were named to the 2013 USILA All-America Third Team, while Matt Kavanagh (Fr./A) and John Kemp (Sr./G) were honorable mention selections.

Marlatt (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) was Notre Dame’s leading midfield scorer as he tallied 20 goals and 12 assists in addition to picking up 43 ground balls. He notched five multiple-goal games, including a career-high five-goal effort in the 13-5 season-opening victory at Duke. Marlatt had two goals and one assist in the 13-12 overtime win at Denver.

This is the second All-America citation for Marlatt, who received honorable mention accolades last season. He is a two-time first team all-BIG EAST honoree.

Miller (Warrenton, Va./Notre Dame Academy) was an anchor on a Fighting Irish defensive unit that was among the nation’s best all season long. Notre Dame finished the year with an 8.31 goals-against average, which currently ranks 10th nationally. Miller picked up 28 ground balls and was named first team all-BIG EAST. The Fighting Irish captain was an honorable mention All-American last season.

Miller recently was named a USILA Scholar All-American and also is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He was selected to play in Friday’s USILA/LAXWORLD North/South Game. The Rochester Rattlers selected Miller in the sixth round (44th overall) of January’s Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft.

Kavanagh (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade/Hotchkiss) registered a stellar rookie season with the Irish as he led the team in goals (32) and assists (16). The 32 goals are the most ever for a Notre Dame freshman. Kavanagh combined to post seven goals and three assists in Notre Dame’s two NCAA Championship contests. He had four goals in the first-round win over Detroit (9-7) and then tallied a game-high six points on three goals and three assists in the quarterfinal setback to Duke (12-11).

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NCAA Lacrosse: USILA Announces The “2013 Division I Men’s Lacrosse All-America Teams”


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The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has named this year’s Division I All-Americans. Unsurprisingly , all five Tewaaraton Award finalists — Rob Pannell, Marcus Holman, Lyle Thompson, JoJo Marasco and Tom Schreiber — were named first-team All-Americans. In fact, Pannell, Holman and Thompson make up the first-team attack unit. Duke, Loyola and Maryland lead the lists with seven players each.

NCAA Men's Lacrosse All-America First Team

NCAA Men's Lacrosse All-America Second TeamNCAA Men's Lacrosse All-America Third TeamFor more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/052313_usila_names_division_i_all_american_teams

WCLA Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces “Amtahcha Award” For 2013 WCLA Women’s Player Of The Year, First And Second Team All-Americans


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Hayley Bernstein of Colorado State and Laura Hunter of Utah were named as the recipients of the Amtahcha Award as the top player in their respective division of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA). Both players were honored during ceremonies held on Wednesday evening.

WCLA 2013 Amtahcha Award Winners

Laura Hunter of Utah and Hayley Bernstein of Colorado State were named the winners of the Amtahcha Award.
Photo by Cecil Copeland

The Amtahcha Awards were established in 2012 by a gift from Dr. Larry Feldman, founder of LaxPower.com, to the US Lacrosse Foundation.

Bernstein, a two-time first team All-American, led Colorado State to a perfect 18-0 record in the regular season and the Rams are the No. 1 seed for the Division I national championships taking place in Colorado Springs this week. Hunter, a first team All-American midfielder, led Utah to the No. 2 seed in Division II for the national championships.

In addition to the Amtacha Award winners, the All-Americans and major award winners in each Division were honored. The complete list of honorees follows:

Division I – First Team
Attack
Brooke Smith – Senior – Brigham Young
Kristen Lund – Senior – Brigham Young
Grace Jackson – Senior – Virginia
Maddie Garcia – Senior – Colorado State
Ali Slyne – Sophomore – Colorado State

Midfield
Maggie Burke – Senior – Santa Clara
Katie Mitchell – Senior – UC Santa Barbara
Hayley Bernstein – Senior – Colorado State
Julianne Patterson – Junior – Michigan
Tully Moorhead – Junior – Texas
Meggan Weinell – Senior – Cal Poly
Nicole White – Junior – Florida

Defense
Emily Bohanna – Junior – Virginia
Sarah Llewellyn – Senior – Texas
Kelly Arnhart – Junior – Georgia
Sarah Langlie – Senior – Colorado State
Abby Wattenbarger – Junior – Colorado State

Goalie
Emily Seidel – Senior – Georgia
Megan McCleary – Junior – Brigham Young

Division I – Second Team
Attack
Karly Slyne – Senior – Colorado State
Murphy Ferguson – Junior – Georgia
Christa Nelson – Senior – Cal Poly
Jenna Dreyer – Sophomore – Georgia
Rachel English – Junior – Texas

Midfield
Margaret Nettleton – Senior – UC Los Angeles
Maggie HerrNeckar – Sophomore – Westminster
Tara Benninger – Senior – Ohio State
Christa Lausten – Junior – Pittsburgh
Dana Kilsby – Sophomore – Santa Clara
Kaitlin Bahr – Senior – Texas
Sarah Moyer – Senior – Colorado State
Jenna Hildebrand – Senior – Florida

Defense
Jamee Jacobson – Senior – Michigan
Emilia Norlin – Junior – UC Santa Barbara
Robyn Dalton – Senior – Pittsburgh
Lindsay Higham – Senior – Florida
Cristen Shope – Senior – Oregon

Goalie
Kelly Harris – Senior – Cal Poly
Jordan Cook – Senior – Texas

Division I Attacker of the Year – Maddie Garcia – Senior – Colorado State
Division I Midfielder of the Year – Maggie Burke – Senior – Santa Clara
Division I Defender of the Year – Sarah Llewellyn – Senior – Texas
Division I Goalie of the Year – Emily Seidel – Senior – Georgia
Division I Rookie of the Year – Alexandra Thalhuber – Freshman – Minnesota
Division I Coach of the Year – Gabe Valenzuela – Southern California
Division I Player of the Year – Amtahcha – Hayley Bernstein – Senior – Colorado State

Divison II – First Team
Attack
Desiree Messina – Junior – Oakland
Ally Rose – Sophomore – Loyola (Md.)
Katie Mincin – Sophomore – Gonzaga
Katie Baker – Junior – Oakland

Midfield
Jaycee Slack – Junior – Gonzaga
Laura Hunter – Grad – Utah
Megan McCollough – Freshman – Santa Barbara City
Jordan Brown – Senior – Loyola (Md.)
Taylor Dunn – Sophomore – Utah

Defense
Meghan Sewell – Senior – Loyola (Md.)
Jackie Gamper – Junior – Southern Methodist
Kate Urquhart – Junior – Southern Methodist
Traci Shurtleff – Sophomore – Utah

Goalie
Molly Burnett – Junior – Loyola (Md.)
Rachel Jurczyszyn – Sophomore – Grand Valley

Division II – Second Team
Attack
Haley Poulson – Junior – Utah
Brianna Johnson – Sophomore – Oakland
Sarah Milligan – Senior – Lake Forest
Kara Hogan – Junior – Grand Valley

Midfield
Caroline Stapleton – Senior – Southern Methodist
Melissa Paluch – Freshman – Lake Forest
Erika Torres – Senior – Nevada-Reno
Erin Shamley – Sophomore – Lake Forest
Megan Ryan – Senior – Dayton

Defense
Andrea Almassey – Junior – Oakland
Nikki Hinkebein – Sophomore – Dayton
Samantha Miceli – Senior – Oakland
Sarah Jonathan – junior – Lake Forest

Goalie
Lauren Pattah – Junior – Oakland
Katarina Hablet – Sophomore – Gonzaga

Division II Attacker of the Year – Desiree Messina – Junior – Oakland
Division II Midfielder of the Year – Jaycee Slack – Junior – Gonzaga
Division II Defender of the Year – Meghan Sewell – Senior – Loyola (Md.)
Division II Goalie of the Year – Molly Burnett – Junior – Loyola (Md.)
Division II Rookie of the Year – Megan McCollough – Freshman – Santa Barbara City
Division II Coach of the Year – Towbey Kassa – Oakland
Division II Player of the Year – Amtahcha – Laura Hunter – Grad – Utah

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Lacrosse Magazine Names MCLA Div I All-Americans; BYU Attacker Ted Ferrin Is “Player Of The Year”, Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Marc Lea Is “Coach Of The Year”


Coyne MCLA Div I All-America Team

Attack – Ted Ferrin, Senior – Brigham Young Sometimes the math does the weeding out process. Ferrin led the nation in goals (81), assists (51) and points (132), averaging a stunning 6.0 points per outing (good for second in the country). Throw in the fact that he did it against one of the toughest schedules in the association while being a marked man after leading the Cougars to a national title in 2011, and Ferrin made this pick easy.

Attack – Scott Heberer, Senior – Cal Poly The Mustangs had plenty of offensive talent stockpiled for their run to the No. 1 seed in the tournament and their 21-2 record, but Heberer was the glue that held the whole thing together. The numbers were there – 42 goals and 37 assists for a team-best 79 points – but just the threat of what he could do opened the door for the likes of Matt Graupmann, Olivier Schmied and Brian Kovary. Although Poly managed to survive a couple of games this year without Heberer, the Mustangs wouldn’t have come close to their heights without him.

Attack – Tyler Novotny, Junior –Pittsburgh He had a decent year in 2011 after transitioning from NCAA Division I St. John’s with 36 goals and 10 assists, but Novotny turned it up a notch this spring. He finished with 67 markers and 17 dimes, and more importantly, he guided the Panthers to a 12-3 mark and their first-ever trip to the MCLA national tournament. The most important game for Pitt on its way to the tourney was the upset of Buffalo – the Bulls only had one loss during the regular season – and Novotny dropped a sixer along with an assist.

Midfield – Alex Hultgren, Senior –Buffalo The Bulls were a three-headed offensive monster (with Kurt Stavdal and Tom Sudek), and Hultgren provided the most complete package out of the midfield. He was second in goals with 25 (behind Stavdal) and tied for the lead in assists (with Sudek) at 17. Buffalo would have been severely hamstrung with any of these three off the roster, but there’s no way the Bulls would have come close to their 14-2 season or PCLL sweep without Hultgren.

Midfield – C.J. Jacobs, Junior – UC Santa Barbara The credit for much of the Gauchos’ national resurgence will go to the prodigal return of coach Mike Allan, and that’s not unreasonable, but a lot of it has to do with the maturation of Jacobs. His numbers don’t blow your mind (21g, 8a), but if you put Jacobs’ accomplishments in the context of the methodical Santa Barbara offense (which produced a 13-4 record), he’s second in goals and third in assists out of the midfield. He also hit those marks while consistently getting a pole.

Midfield – Spencer Robertson, Senior –Oregon The Ducks weren’t dripping with talent like they have been in year’s past, but the evolution of Robertson was a vital reason Oregon was able to roll to the PNCLL auto bid. Primarily a scorer out of the midfield last year (37g, 9a), Robertson expanded his game. He still kept his nose for the net (team-leading 40 goals), but also became a gifted playmaker (team-high 32 helpers). Without the improvement in his game, the Ducks are nowhere near what they were in 2012.

Faceoff Specialist – Charlie Pantiakos, Freshman– Clemson Although they flamed out in the SELC tournament, this year was a big one for the Tigers as they not only put together a national schedule, but had the talent to beat the likes of Florida State, Colorado and New Hampshire. Pantiakos was the quiet key to that. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Pantiakos isn’t built like your prototypical FOGO, but the numbers – 200-for-265; 75.5% -don’t lie. Pantiakos also chipped in with a pair of goals and three assists in 16 games.

Long-stick Middie – Matt Walrath, Senior –Chapman Walrath, who has spent the last three years dominating between the lines for the Panthers after transferring from NCAA Division III Stevens (N.J.), was closer to being Lacrosse Magazine‘s Preseason Player of the Year than you’d probably guess (ASU Dylan Westfall was given the honor). From the moment he showed up in Orange County – including the national semifinals in 2010 when he brought the Denver crowd to its feet with the rare LSM trifecta of goal-faceoff-win-goal in the span of about 10 seconds – he has owned the position. He put a cap on it with 12-goal, three-assist campaign along with a mind-numbing 158 ground balls.

Defense – Ian Anderson, Senior – Arizona State The defense just needs to hold on until the offense matures. That was the mindset for the Sun Devils this spring, and thanks to Anderson, they were able to do just that. Leading a unit that held opponents under double-digits for the first seven games of the season, Anderson gave his team some breathing room to set up their eventual run to the semifinals. The Devils have had an epic three-year run since 2010 and Anderson has been as big a reason as anyone for that success.

Defense – Wes Binder, Senior – Michigan State The rugged Spartan pole gets better every season, and this year was certainly his finest as he led Michigan State to cusp of one of the biggest upsets in tournament history before losing to top seed Cal Poly in the quarterfinals, 10-9. Binder does well getting the ball off the turf (team-leading 52 ground balls), but can also use his length (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) to give the top attackman in the country very little room to breathe.

Defense – Hayden Porter, Junior – Colorado State How do you quantify what a defenseman is able to accomplish? With Porter, it’s pretty easy: 3.75. That’s the amount of goals the Rams gave up on average in the four tournament games in Greenville even though their last two contests came against prolific offenses from BYU and Cal Poly. All of the CSU poles are solid, but Porter is undoubtedly the top dog (and he finished second in ground balls with 46), and could shut down any type of offensive player the MCLA has to offer.

Goalie – Brad Macnee, Junior – Colorado This spot has been the unquestioned dominion of Arizona State’s Dylan Westfall, but Macnee has moved to the fore this season. The Buffs record doesn’t look so hot – they finished at 7-8 – but they were only that good because of Macnee’s ability to thwart even the most prolific offenses. In six of CU’s eight losses, he held the opponent to under 10 goals, and his numbers for the season (62.4 save percentage; 11.2 saves per game) stack up with anyone in the country. Macnee’s efforts in the biggest games – 12 saves in a 5-4 win over ASU and 18 stops in the 11-9 triumph against BYU (the game that got the Buffs in the MCLA tourney) make him the pick here.

Player of the Year – Ted Ferrin, Brigham Young

If your memory is long enough, the rise of Ted Ferrin isn’t really a surprise. Back in 2007, when Ferrin was a pre-mission rookie, he dropped a four-spot in the national title game against Oregon, helping the Cougars win their third national championship. Ferrin’s second national championship last spring (when he scored three more in the finals) simply confirmed that the two years atrophying in Croatia on his “Mormon vacation” couldn’t slow him down.

Missing out on a third national championship certainly stings, especially with the tools he had around him, but the numbers he posted this spring against that level of competition will go down in program – and MCLA – history.

Coach of the Year – Marc Lea, Cal Poly

The Mustangs’ 21-2 record, No. 1 seed in the tournament and appearance in the MCLA championship game was a pretty fun ride. Those accomplishments were enough for Lea to take home the well-deserved MCLA-sponsored coach of the year kudos. He did one other thing that makes him my pick, as well.

He snapped a historical trend.

Cal Poly looks like a beast now, but the Mustangs have been lightweights. They’ve had decent seasons, won the WCLL a couple of times, and even had seven previous appearances in the MCLA tourney. Poly’s record in those visits: 1-7. Other than their 13-8 win over Florida State in ’06, the Mustangs have nearly played as many consolation contests as live tilts at nationals. All that changed this year with a run to the brink of the national championship, thanks to Lea.

Was it the coaching? The recruiting? Program culture? Scheduling? All of the above is the correct answer, and all are linked to Lea. He’ll be tasked again next year to fill some significant holes in the Mustangs line-up, but everything’s different now. Poly is no longer a lightweight, and they have a championship-caliber coach.