BALTIMORE - Ryan Clarke and Katie Bollhorst, both senior midfielders, of the Salisbury University men's and women's lacrosse teams are finalists in the voting for NCAA Division III Preseason Player of the Year for their respective sport.
Both student-athletes are coming off of seasons in which they helped lead their teams to the Division III National Championship game, and they are coming into the 2013 season as two of the top returners for their teams.
Bollhorst produced her best statistical season in 2012 by leading the Sea Gull women's team in assists (72) and points (121). She also ranked third on the team with 49 goals.
The reigning Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year currently ranks seventh and fourth in program history for most points (194) and most assists (109), respectively. She was named to the All-CAC first team and a first-team All-American in 2012.
Clarke, a 2012 All-CAC first-team member and first-team All-American, was one of the main components in Salisbury's top-ranked scoring offense (17.39 goals per game) with 64 points on 35 goals and 29 assists. He ranked fourth on the team in points and goals and third in assists.
After losing its three top scorers from last season, the Sea Gull men's team will look to Clarke as its offensive leader, coming into 2013.
Click here to vote for Clarke and Bollhorst as the Division III men's and women's lacrosse Preseason Players of the Year. Voting ends on November 29.