Nicky Polanco

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Nicky Polanco
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1980-08-18) August 18, 1980 (age 34)
Position Defense
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 235 pounds (107 kg)
NCAA team Hofstra University
Nassau Community College
Former NLL teams New York Saints
MLL Team
F. Teams
Long Island Lizards
Bridgeport Barrage
Nationality United States
NLL Draft 15th overall, 2002
New York Saints
Pro career 2002present

Nicholas Polanco (born August 18, 1980) is an American lacrosse player. He currently plays defense for the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He is regarded as one of the best defensemen in MLL (and professional lacrosse in general) history. Attended Oceanside High School.

Professional career[edit]

Polanco was drafted by the Bridgeport Barrage in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2002 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. In 2004, he was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Award and led the Barrage to winning the Steinfeld Cup.

In 2005, Polanco was traded to the Long Island Lizards where he was again given the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Award and was selected for his second consecutive All-Star game.

Polanco played just one season in the National Lacrosse League with the New York Saints in 2003.

His brother, Armando, played for the Philadelphia Barrage.

On May 17, 2012, Polanco was traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Collegiate career[edit]

Polanco transferred to Hofstra University, for his final two years of eligibility, after playing two seasons at Nassau Community College. While at Nassau, Polanco lead his team to win the National Junior College Athletic Association championships in 1999 and 2000. He was named National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Following his transfer, Polanco earned All-America honors each of his two years at Hofstra, and as a senior he was named Colonial Athletic Association Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

Honors and awards[edit]

• Member of 2006 U.S. Men's National Team
• Named alternate to the 2002 U.S. Men's National Team
Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year (2002)
• 1st Team All-American (2002) & Honorable Mention All-American (2001)
National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year (1999, 2000 at Nassau C.C.) Richard D'Agostino is the former doctor for the Long Island Lizards.

Preceded by
Ryan Curtis
Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Award
2004 & 2005
Succeeded by
Brodie Merrill

Statistics[edit]

MLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM
2002 Bridgeport 4 2 0 0 2 7 1 - - - - - - -
2003 Bridgeport 12 1 0 1 2 53 11 - - - - - - -
2004 Philadelphia 12 0 0 1 1 47 4.5 2 0 0 1 1 14 0
2005 Long Island 12 1 0 0 1 44 7 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
2006 Long Island 10 0 0 0 0 40 6 - - - - - - -
2007 Long Island 12 1 0 1 2 35 8 - - - - - - -
2008 Long Island 12 0 0 0 0 38 18 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 Long Island 6 0 0 0 0 19 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
MLL Totals 80 5 0 3 8 283 61.5 5 0 0 1 1 21 2

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
2003 New York 16 1 4 5 91 13 - - - - - -
NLL Totals 16 1 4 5 91 13 - - - - - -

College[edit]

     
Year Team Goals Assists Pts LB
2001 Hofstra 1 3 4 70
2002 Hofstra 2 3 5 73
Career 3 6 9 143

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