Story Courtesy of Lacrosse Magazine
BALTIMORE, Jan. 3, 2013 — The Cortland men and Trinity (Conn.) women earned the top spots in Lacrosse Magazine's 2013 NCAA Division III preseason rankings, released today. Lacrosse Magazine also named Lynchburg's Joe Lisicky and Cortland's Maria Di Fato as its preseason players of the year for Division III men and women, respectively.
The Red Dragons enter 2013 No. 1 on the men's side after reaching the NCAA championship game, falling to Salisbury to conclude a 21-1 season. Cortland returns its entire close defense unit and goalie Mike Kaminski. Attackman Cody Consul (37 goals, 23 assists) and midfielder Joe Slavik (29g, 15a) are among the leading offensive returnees. The defending champion Sea Gulls are ranked third, behind No. 2 Stevenson.
Lisicky, a senior defenseman, collected numerous honors in 2012 as he helped the Hornets post a 17-2 record and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was named first-team All-American and All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), in addition to winning the ODAC Player of the Year award. Lisicky also won state of Virginia's collegiate player of the year award and enters 2013 as a two-time All-American, two-time all-conference, and two-time all-state honoree.
Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division III men's preseason rankings as follows:
NCAA Division III Men
11. Western New England
14. Connecticut College
15. Washington College
20. St. Lawrence
Preseason Player of the Year: Joe Lisicky, Lynchburg, Sr. D