Lacrosse Magazine Names Its Preseason Players of the Year

BALTIMORE, Feb. 1, 2013 - Lacrosse Magazine has named Colgate senior attackman Peter Baum and Northwestern senior midfielder Taylor Thornton its Preseason Players of the Year for NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse, respectively.

Baum, born in Seattle and raised in Portland, won the Tewaaraton Award as the nation's top player in 2012. He also earned the USILA's Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award and first-team All-America status for a season in which he set career, Colgate and Patriot League highs with 97 points (67 goals, 30 assists). The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year led the Raiders to a 14-4 season and the Patriot League regular-season title. Baum led Colgate to a 13-11 win at UMass in the first round of the NCAA tournament before the Raiders fell to Duke in the quarterfinals.

Baum is the first Raider to earn this Lacrosse Magazine distinction since its 1996 inception.

Thornton, a native of Dallas, was an IWLCA first-team All-American and a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award in 2012, leading Northwestern to its second straight NCAA championship with the game-winning goal vs. Syracuse in the final. She won the Lacrosse Honda Sports Award and was named the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year as the Wildcats posted a 21-2 record. Thornton scored a career-high 33 goals and tied a school single-season record with 58 ground balls in 2012, one year after she was named the IWLCA Defender of the Year. Thornton enters the season in Northwestern's top 10 in career draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.

Thornton graced the cover of the January 2013 edition of Lacrosse Magazine. She joins Shannon Smith (2012), Hannah Nielsen (2009) and Kristen Kjellman (2007) as Wildcats to be named Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year. Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller won the magazine's first award in 1996 as a player at Maryland.


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