|Born||August 18, 1980|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|NCAA Team||Hofstra University
Nassau Community College
|Former NLL Teams||New York Saints|
|Long Island Lizards
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.
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.
His brother, Armando, played for the Philadelphia Barrage.
On May 17, 2012, Polanco was traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
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.
Honors and awards
• 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.
|Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Award
2004 & 2005