Lexi Crook, Colby College
With all the offensive talent the Colby women's lacrosse team has had the past four years, sometimes a defender such as Lexi Crook takes a backseat to the likes of All-Americans Kate Sheridan and Amy Campbell.
That wasn't the case this year as Crook led the Mules to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the second straight year and a fifth straight trip to the NESCAC title game.
Crook and her fellow seniors were the greatest winners in Colby women's lacrosse program history. The seniors had a career record of 59-18, made four straight trips to the NCAA tourney, and four straight appearances in the NESCAC title game. The Mules won titles in 2008 and 2009, but came up short in the finals the past two years.
Crook earned numerous awards this spring, including Colby's Ellsworth Millett Award for contributing the most to Colby athletics in their four years. She was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Second Team All-American and was All-NESCAC First Team.
A captain and a NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection the past two years, Crook finished her career with 125 groundballs, 85 draw controls, and 72 caused turnovers. She led the Mules this year in groundballs (43), was tied for first in caused turnovers (19), and had 24 draw controls.
Crook's ability to lead Colby's clearing efforts was a huge key to the team. With long strides and speed to burn, Crook routinely could take defenders one-on-one for easy clears. Despite the amount of ball possession she had with clears, Crook had just nine turnovers in 20 games this year and helped out with three goals.