Best of Lax: Vote for Best Player


From left to right: Charlotte North, Jared Bernhardt, Taylor Cummings and Blaze Riorden are the candidates for Best Player of 2021.

Welcome to #BestOfLax. Help us celebrate the past year of lacrosse by voting in 15 polls spread over the course of December. All voting will be conducted on Twitter (@usalacrossemag), and fans will have 24 hours to let their voices be heard.

For more information — including upcoming categories, rules and more — check out our introductory post to #BestOfLax.

This is it. The final category of Best of Lax.

First of all, thank you to all of our amazing followers on Twitter for playing along and voting to determine the top stars and personalities of 2021. Fittingly, we’ve saved the best category for last.

It’s time to vote for the Best Player of the year. These transcendent stars are the best of the best. The ones who kids around the nation emulate. The players who dominated on the field and off the field this year.

Here are the nominees for Best Player.


For the larger-than-life star who stood above them all in 2021.


The Tewaaraton Award winner, North’s star gets brighter by the day. From her rocket sidearm shots from the 8-meter arc to her exuberant fist pumps after goals, North is one of the most recognizable figures in lacrosse. She’s looking to lead Boston College to its second straight NCAA title.


A quiet superstar, Bernhardt won the Tewaaraton Award and set countless Maryland scoring records. He lifted his team to the NCAA championship game, where the Terps fell in a heartbreaker to Virginia. He then went on to win a Division II football national championship with Ferris State as the starting quarterback.


The inaugural champion of Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse, Cummings is the sport’s only three-time Tewaaraton Award winner. Coming off the heels of North’s monumental college season, Cummings reminded everyone that she’s still at the top of her game.


The Premier Lacrosse League MVP, championship game MVP and No. 1 player in the PLL Players Top 50, Riorden had a banner summer. One of the top players and most respected individuals in lacrosse, Riorden brings a championship mindset to his teammates.

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