BALTIMORE- Inside Lacrosse recently released its annual Face-Off Yearbook, including the publication's Preseason NCAA Division III Top 30 and its Preseason Division III All-Americans. The Washington College men's lacrosse team is ranked 10th by the publication and three Shoremen - junior midfielder and face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains), senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin), and senior defenseman Casey McKnight (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) - were named Preseason All-Americans.
The Shoremen finished last season 13-5 overall and 5-3 in the Centennial Conference. Washington made its 30th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, defeating Colorado College, 10-7, in the first round before falling to eventual NCAA Division III National Champion Stevenson in the second round. The Shoremen were ranked as high as fourth in the nation in Division III during the regular season and wrested the Charles B. Clark Cup away from archrival Salisbury University with a 7-6 win over the Sea Gulls in the annual "War on the Shore" rivalry game.
The Shoremen are joined in the Preseason Top 30 by three other Centennial Conference schools: Dickinson (sixth), Gettysburg (17th), and Franklin & Marshall (25th).
Trapp was named to the publication's Preseason All-America First Team as a face-off specialist. He was named a third-team All-American by the USILA and was tabbed for the All-Centennial Conference first team following the 2013 season. Trapp's .648 face-off win percentage was second in the Centennial Conference and 20th in all of Division III last season. He also led the team with 132 ground balls, scored nine goals, and handed out one assist last spring.
Nowicki was named to the Preseason All-America Second Team. He was named a 2013 All-America honorable mention by the USILA and landed on the All-Centennial Conference second team last spring. He finished second on the team in points with 33 and third in both goals and assists with 20 and 13, respectively, in 2013.
McKnight was named a Preseason All-America honorable mention. Last spring, he was voted on to the All-Centennial Conference second team after tallying 29 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers as the Shoremen's top defenseman.
The Shoremen will open their 2014 season February 22nd with a 1:00 p.m. home game against Goucher.