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Stephen Dunn (Juan Diego/Colorado Mesa) Named WILA Offensive Preseason Player of the Year

For Immediate Release – WILA
WILAGRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— Colorado Mesa University has been tabbed the favorite to win the 2015 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title, according to the preseason coaches’ poll announced Tuesday (Feb. 10). The Mavericks, based in Grand Junction, Colorado, received all three possible first place votes and also lay claim to the Preseason Player of the Year selections in Stephen Dunn (Offensive) and Eric McCosker (Defensive). The Mavericks went 9-3 overall and 5-1 in WILA play last year finishing second in the championship chase on tie-breaking procedures.
After finishing third in the WILA last year, Adams State University of Alamosa, Colorado, was tabbed second in the poll while new association members Rockhurst University of Kansas City, Missouri and Colorado State University-Pueblo were picked third and fourth, respectively. The Rockhurst Hawks played their inaugural 2014 season as independents while CSU-Pueblo will field its first ever men’s lacrosse team this spring.
The association’s four head coaches were asked to rank their opposition 1-3 without voting for their own squad. They similarly selected a Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
Dunn, a 6-foot-1 senior from Draper, Utah, was a Second Team All-WILA selection at attack in 2014 after scoring 22 goals while assisting on six others. McCosker, slated to play as a long stick midfielder this season, earned First Team All-WILA honors last year as a defender after recording 25 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers to go along with three goals and two assists. The 6-foot senior hails from Concord, Calif.
The 2015 campaign, which is the WILA’s fifth, will begin a new era for the association as the two California-based programs (Dominican University and Notre Dame de Namur University) decided to leave the organization following the 2014 campaign. Additionally, Adams State and Colorado Mesa both have new head coaches in Jason Levasque and Vince Smith, respectively. CSU-Pueblo will be guided by Sean Blair in the ThunderWolves’ initial season while Kevin Kelley will guide Rockhurst after founding the Hawk program last year.
Although the faces may be new, the association schedule format and championship determination methods will remain the same, as once again, the WILA championship will be determined by a 6-game association regular season schedule in which each of the four members will play each opponent twice – home and away.
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  1. really no post. this is great for Juan D, Utah and Stephen. I’ll be keeping tabs on his career. Way to go.

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