Dec. 2, 2009
Each year, Lacrosse Magazine tabs a preseason player of the year and the magazine is asking for the fans' help in 2010! The magazine has narrowed it down to four finalists in each division and both Johnson and McFadden have made the cut, battling Northwestern attacker Katrina Dowd and North Carolina midfielder Jenn Russell for the annual award.
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From Lacrosse Magazine Website
Karri Ellen Johnson, Maryland
2009 Stats: 74g, 71 DC
No freshman has ever made a bigger impact in College Park than Johnson did in 2009. The attacker was the Terps' top scorer and stepped in for departed Dana Dobbie to be almost as dominant on draws. Johnson also shot 61 percent. It's not like a sophomore makes this list on sheer potential. Johnson could go down as one of the greatest in the school's lineage of great players.
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
2009 Stats: 54g, 32a
The reigning ACC Player of the Year and IWLCA Midfielder of the Year scored at least one goal in every game during Maryland's 21-game winning streak in 2009. McFadden was also a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. World Cup team over the summer, giving her some international experience to boot. With Karri Ellen Johnson drawing attention (and possessions) and Laura Merrifield pushing transition, McFadden gets more opportunities. More often than not, she cashes in.