Lacrosse Magazine Names Preseason Players of the Year

BALTIMORE (Feb. 8, 2008) – Today, Lacrosse magazine named 11 college lacrosse student-athletes as its 2008 Preseason Players of the Year. The LM staff selected male and female honorees in NCAA and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) play, in addition to recognizing a US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) player and two athletes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). Brief bios of the honorees appear below, and full profiles will appear in the March issue of the magazine.

NCAA Division I (Men)
Paul Rabil, senior midfielder, Johns Hopkins
Rabil scored a team-high 53 points (27g, 26a) in Blue Jays' NCAA championship season in 2007. The USILA named him a first-team All-American.
Head coach Dave Pietramala said: "You talk about guys that have ‘it.' Kyle Harrison had ‘it.' Paul Rabil has ‘it' now."

NCAA Division I (Women)
Caroline Cryer, senior midfielder, Duke
Cryer led Duke to the NCAA semifinals with a school-record 71 goals in 2007. She finished third in the nation with 3.3 draw controls per game and was named an IWLCA/US Lacrosse first-team All-American.
Head coach Kerstin Kimel said: "She sees the game and is thinking two or three steps ahead."

NCAA Division II (Men)
Kevin Hennessy, junior midfielder, NYIT
Hennessy was named the USILA's Outstanding Player and a first-team All-American last season. Hennessy also was a first-team All-East Coast Conference selection after scoring 50 points (28g, 22a)
Head coach Jack Kaley said: "He's going to be a marked man. Not many sophomores get USILA Player of the Year."

NCAA Division II (Women)
Stephanie Kienle, senior attacker, West Chester
Kienle set an NCAA Division II record with 140 last season as she led the Golden Rams to the national championship game. She was a first-team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Head coach Ginny Martino said: "She's really come on strong for us and is even looking better for this year."

NCAA Division III (Men)
Kylor Berkman, junior midfielder, Salisbury
Berkman scored 35 goals and earned USILA first-team All-America honors in helping the Sea Gulls capture the national championship in 2007. He led the team with 44 assists.
Head coach Jim Berkman said: "He lets the game come to him and makes everyone around him better."

NCAA Division III (Women)
Jen Pritchard, junior attacker, Frankin and Marshall
Pritchard, an IWLCA/US Lacrosse first-team All-American last year, led F&M to an unbeaten NCAA championship season with a school-record 77 goals. She scored 19 goals in four postseason games to win the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
Head coach Anne Phillips said: "She's a deadly shooter and an excellent finisher. She's also very mature and very poised under pressure."

NJCAA (Men)
Paddy McKendry, sophomore defender, Onondaga
McKendry did not play lacrosse until the ninth grade in high school, but he routinely guarded the opposition's best player last season, helping Onondaga win its second straight NJCAA title.
Head coach Chuck Wilbur said: "He was a little bit behind the pace in terms of knowing the game when he first got here, but his athletic ability more than compensated for that."

NJCAA (Women)
Jessica Baublitz, sophomore midfielder, Catonsville
Baublitz earned first-team All-America honors with 51 goals and 30 assists last season. She also was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team, helping the Cardinals to a runner-up finish following an epic, five-overtime loss to Anne Arundel.
Head coach Tom Taylor said: "She's a very unselfish player. She's not afraid to give up the ball."

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