Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEWAARATON AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

WASHINGTON, May 15 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the men’s and women’s finalists for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour. Five men and five women were selected as finalists and will be invited to Washington, D.C., for the 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on June 2.

The five men’s finalists are:
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver – Jr., Attack
Myles Jones, Duke – Sr., Midfield
Matt Landis, Notre Dame – Sr., Defense
Dylan Molloy, Brown – Jr., Attack
Ben Reeves, Yale – Soph., Attack

The five women’s finalists are:
Taylor Cummings, Maryland – Sr., Midfield
Nicole Graziano, Florida – Sr., Midfield
Alice Mercer, Maryland – Sr., Defense
Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame – Grad Sr., Defense
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse – Sr., Attack

Two-time reigning Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings seeks to become the first three-time award winner – man or woman – and is joined by returning finalists Barbara Sullivan (2015) and Kayla Treanor (2014, 2015). Duke’s Myles Jones is the lone returning 2015 men’s finalist. All 10 finalists will compete in this month’s NCAA Tournament, at the conclusion of which the selection committees will vote on and select this year’s winners.

“The Tewaaraton Foundation congratulates these 10 finalists that have been chosen among many worthy candidates by the game’s top coaches on the selection committees,” said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming each of them and their families to Washington, D.C., on June 2.”

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. Finalists come from a pool of 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. The selection committees are comprised of 15 men’s and 14 women’s current and former college coaches.

Brief bios of the men’s finalists:

Denver’s Connor Cannizzaro helped the Pioneers to the BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, leading the nation’s second-ranked offense with 44 goals, 23 assists and 67 points. The junior attackman from Cazenovia, N.Y., earned a spot on the All- BIG EAST First Team and was named 2016 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. A 2015 first-team USILA All-American, Cannizzaro ranks sixth in the country in goals per game (2.93) and ninth in points per game (4.47). He is Denver’s second Tewaaraton finalist, following former teammate Wes Berg in 2015.

ACC Offensive Player of the Year Myles Jones is a Tewaaraton finalist for the second consecutive year. A senior midfielder from Huntington, N.Y., Jones paces Duke with 34 assists and ranks second on the squad with 33 goals and 67 points. The No. 1 pick in 2016 Major League Lacrosse Draft and a two-time USILA All-American, Jones is second among all midfielders nationally in points and points per game (3.72). This season, Jones became the first midfielder in Division I lacrosse history to score 100 goals and 100 assists in his career, and his 228 points are second-most all-time by a midfielder, trailing only Syracuse great Gary Gait’s 253. He would be the Blue Devils’ third Tewaaraton winner, joining Matt Danowski (2007) and Ned Crotty (2010).

Notre Dame defenseman Matt Landis leads the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring defense (7.69 goals per game) and earned his second consecutive ACC Defensive Player of the Year award to go with All-ACC honors. The senior captain and reigning USILA Defenseman of the Year from Pelham, N.Y., has registered 28 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers in helping the Irish to a share of the ACC regular-season crown and the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is Notre Dame’s third Tewaaraton finalist, and would be the team’s first award winner.

Brown attackman Dylan Molloy leads the nation with 56 goals, 50 assists, 106 points and 6.63 points per game. The junior All-American from Setauket, N.Y., registered five or more points in 14 of 16 contests this season, helping Brown to a school-record 14 wins and the Ivy League regular-season title with a perfect 6-0 league mark. Molloy won his second consecutive Ivy League Player of the Year award and is the sixth player in NCAA history to post at least 50 goals and 50 assists. The nation’s active leading scorer with 237 points, Molloy’s 106 points this season rank ninth all-time in NCAA history. He is Brown’s first Tewaaraton finalist.

Yale attackman Ben Reeves paces the Bulldogs with 73 points, 42 goals and 31 assists, and ranks third in the nation in points and points per game (4.87). The Macedon, N.Y., native earned first-team All-Ivy honors and was named Ivy League Tournament MVP, registering nine points as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard to claim the school’s fourth league tournament title in five years. Reeves quarterbacked the nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense to the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is Yale’s first Tewaaraton finalist.

Brief bios of the women’s finalists:

Maryland senior Taylor Cummings, the two-time defending Tewaaraton winner (2014, 2015), led the Terrapins to a perfect regular-season mark and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The midfielder from Ellicott City, Md., was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and Big Ten Tournament MVP as the Terrapins took home the conference regular-season and tournament titles. She quarterbacked the nation’s top scoring offense (15.32 goals per game) with a team-best 67 points, 57 ground balls, 124 draw controls and 43 caused turnovers. She seeks to become the Terps’ seventh Tewaaraton winner, and the first three-time Tewaaraton winner, man or woman.

Florida’s Nicole Graziano, the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Most Outstanding Player and Tournament MVP, has led the Gators to the best start in program history at 18-1, with the team capturing conference regular-season and tournament titles en route to the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The redshirt senior midfielder from Mendham, N.J., leads Florida with 58 points, 42 goals, 16 assists and 40 draw controls, and is second on the Gators with 29 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. She became the sixth player in Florida history to reach 100 career goals. Graziano is Florida’s fifth Tewaaraton finalist, and would be the program’s first winner.

Maryland co-captain Alice Mercer leads the Terrapins’ sixth-ranked defense (6.84 goals per game) as the unanimous Big Ten Defender of the Year. The senior from Woodbine, Md., has 28 ground balls (third on the team), 16 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers (second) this season. Mercer earned All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors as the Terps completed a perfect 19-0 regular season and earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. She would be the Terrapins’ record seventh Tewaaraton winner.

Returning Tewaaraton finalist Barbara Sullivan is the leader of a Notre Dame defense that leads the nation in caused turnovers (14.05 per game) and ranks second in the ACC at 8.16 goals allowed per game. The graduate senior defender and three-year captain from Garden City, N.Y., set a school single-season record with 51 caused turnovers, good for tops in the ACC and fourth nationally. In addition, her team-leading 44 ground balls and 59 draw controls earned Sullivan ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors for a second consecutive season. She owns Fighting Irish career marks in caused turnovers and draw controls, and would be the program’s first Tewaaraton winner.

Syracuse senior attacker Kayla Treanor is a Tewaaraton finalist for a third consecutive season. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native topped the Orange with 46 goals, 38 assists and 84 points (tied for 10th in the nation and tops in the ACC), earning her record third consecutive ACC Offensive Player of the Year award. She led the nation with 189 draw controls—averaging more than nine per game—became the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 256 and earned first-team All-ACC honors for a fourth straight year. Treanor is the NCAA Division I active leader in points (387, fourth all-time) and goals (tied for eighth all-time). She would be Syracuse’s first Tewaaraton winner.

The guidelines for finalists and recipient selections are as follows:

  • Finalists will be the best five players chosen without regard to institution.
  • Finalists will be selected based on individual performance and a player’s contribution to the success of their team.
  • Finalists are chosen based on the current year’s regular season performance (date of selection is at the conclusion of the regular season, before playoffs).
  • Recipients are chosen based on the current year’s regular season and playoff performance.
  • Sportsmanship can play a role in the selection process and it is important that the recipient upholds the mission and values of the Tewaaraton Award.

Media credentials are available for the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in the News and Press section of www.tewaaraton.com. Credential requests are due by Tuesday, May 31.

This year’s initial Watch Lists were announced on Feb. 23 and included the top 50 men’s and women’s college lacrosse players in the country. Two rounds of additions to the Watch Lists were announced on March 17 and April 7. The 25 men’s and women’s nominees were announced on April 29.

Under Armour returns as the proud presenting sponsor of The Tewaaraton Award in honoring the top collegiate lacrosse players in the United States.

For more information on the Tewaaraton Foundation or to attend this exciting event, visit tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at facebook.com/tewaaraton, twitter.com/tewaaraton and instagram.com/tewaaraton.

About The Tewaaraton Foundation
Founded at the University Club of Washington DC and first presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit http://www.tewaaraton.com.

About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Md. For further information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.uabiz.com.

# # #

Media Contact:
Sarah Aschenbach
The Tewaaraton Foundation
sarah@tewaaraton.com
(202) 255-1485

 

PAST FINALISTS

Note: Past winners are in bold.
The 2015 men’s finalists were University of Denver attackman Wesley Berg, Duke University midfielder Myles Jones, University of Notre Dame attackman Matt Kavanagh, Syracuse University attackman Kevin Rice and University at Albany attackman Lyle Thompson

The 2015 women’s finalists were University of Maryland midfielder Taylor Cummings, University of Florida midfielder Shannon Gilroy, Boston College midfielder Sarah Mannelly, University of Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan and Syracuse University attacker Kayla Treanor.

Men’s Finalists
Year Name Position School
2014 Joe Fletcher Defense Loyola University
2014 Tom Schreiber Midfield Princeton University
2014 Lyle Thompson Attack University at Albany
2014 Miles Thompson Attack University at Albany
2014 Jordan Wolf Attack Duke University
2013 Marcus Holman Attack University of North Carolina
2013 JoJo Marasco Midfield Syracuse University
2013 Rob Pannell Attack Cornell University
2013 Tom Schreiber Midfield Princeton University
2013 Lyle Thompson Attack University at Albany
2012 Peter Baum Attack Colgate University
2012 CJ Costabile Midfield Duke University
2012 Will Manny Attack University of Massachusetts
2012 Mike Sawyer Attack Loyola University
2012 Steele Stanwick Attack University of Virginia
2011 Jeremy Boltus Attack U.S. Military Academy
2011 John Galloway Goalie Syracuse
2011 Rob Pannell Attack Cornell University
2011 Steele Stanwick Attack University of Virginia
2011 Joel White Defense Syracuse University
2010 Ken Clausen Defense University of Virginia
2010 Ned Crotty Attack Duke University
2010 Kevin Crowley Midfield Stony Brook University
2010 Curtis Dickson Attack University of Delaware
2010 Joel White Defense Syracuse University
2009 Matt Abbott Midfield Syracuse University
2009 Ned Crotty Attack Duke University
2009 Danny Glading Attack University of Virginia
2009 Zack Greer Attack Bryant University
2009 Max Seibald Midfield Cornell University
2008 Ben Rubeor Attack University of Virginia
2008 Matt Danowski Attack Duke University
2008 Mike Leveille Attack Syracuse University
2008 Paul Rabil Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2008 Zack Greer Midfield Duke University
2007 Matt Danowski Attack Duke University
2007 Paul Rabil Midfield Johns Hopkins
2007 Frank Resetarits Attack University at Albany
2007 Ben Rubeor Attack University of Virginia
2007 Max Seibald Midfield Cornell University
2006 Kyle Dixon Midfield University of Virginia
2006 Sean Morris Attack University of Massachusetts
2006 Chris Unterstein Attack Hofstra University
2006 Joe Walters Attack University of Maryland
2006 Matt Ward Attack University of Virginia
2005 Matt Danowski Attack Duke University
2005 Kyle Harrison Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2005 Brodie Merrill Defense Georgetown University
2005 Sean Morris Attack University of Massachusetts
2005 John Walker Attack U.S. Military Academy
2004 Ryan Boyle Attack Princeton University
2004 Kyle Harrison Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2004 Brodie Merrill Defense Georgetown University
2004 Michael Powell Attack Syracuse University
2004 Jed Prossner Attack University of North Carolina
2003 Kevin Cassese Midfield Duke University
2003 Adam Doneger Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2003 Kyle Harrison Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2003 Michael Powell Attack Syracuse University
2003 Chris Rotelli Midfield University of Virginia
2002 Kevin Cassese Midfield Duke University
2002 Josh Coffman Attack Syracuse University
2002 Steve Dusseau Midfield Georgetown University
2002 Conor Gill Attack University of Virginia
2002 Michael Powell Attack Syracuse
2001 Josh Coffman Attack Syracuse University
2001 Steve Dusseau Midfield Georgetown University
2001 Tom Glatzel Attack University of Notre Dame
2001 Doug Shanahan Midfield Hofstra University
2001 Trevor Tierney Goalie Princeton University

Women’s Finalists
Year Name Position School
2014 Taylor Cummings  Midfield University of Maryland
2014 Megan Douty  Defense University of Maryland
2014 Shannon Gilroy  Midfield University of Florida
2014 Alyssa Murray  Attack Syracuse University
2014 Kayla Treanor  Attack Syracuse University
2013 Alex Aust  Attack University of Maryland
2013 Kara Cannizzaro  Midfield University of North Carolina
2013 Mikey Meagher  Goalies University of Florida
2013 Alyssa Murray  Attack Syracuse University
2013 Katie Schwarzmann  Midfield  University of Maryland
2012 Brittany Dashiell Midfield University of Florida
2012 Becky Lynch Attack University of North Carolina
2012 Katie Schwarzmann Midfield University of Maryland
2012 Taylor Thornton Midfield Northwestern University
2012 Michelle Tumolo Attack Syracuse University
2011 Grace Gavin Midfield Loyola University
2011 Emma Hamm Midfield Duke University
2011 Sarah Mollison Attack University of Maryland
2011 Katie Schwarzmann Midfield University of Maryland
2011 Shannon Smith Attack Northwestern University
2010 Ali DeLuca Midfield University of Pennsylvania
2010 Katrina Dowd Attack Northwestern University
2010 Brittany Kalkstein Midfield University of Virginia
2010 Caitlyn McFadden Midfield University of Maryland
2010 Jenn Russell Midfield University of North Carolina
2009 Jillian Byers Midfield University of Notre Dame
2009 Carolyn Davis Midfield Duke University
2009 Amber Falcone Defense University of North Carolina
2009 Caitlyn McFadden Midfield University of Maryland
2009 Hannah Nielsen Midfield Northwestern University
2008 Christy Finch Defense Northwestern University
2008 Dana Dobbie Midfield University of Maryland
2008 Hannah Nielsen Midfield Northwestern University
2008 Katie Rowan Attack Syracuse University
2008 Kelly Kasper Midfield University of Maryland
2007 Caroline Cryer Midfield Duke University
2007 Dana Dobbie Midfield University of Maryland
2007 Mary Key Attack Johns Hopkins University
2007 Kristen Kjellman Midfield Northwestern University
2007 Hannah Nielsen Midfield Northwestern University
2006 Katie Chrest Attack Duke University
2006 Crysti Foote Midfield Notre Dame
2006 Kristen Kjellman Midfield Northwestern
2006 Nikki Leib Midfield University of Virginia
2006 Coco Stanwick Attack Georgetown University
2005 Amy Appelt Midfield University of Virginia
2005 Lindsey Biles Attack Princeton University
2005 Katie Chrest Attack Duke University
2005 Katieanne Christian Midfield Dartmouth University
2005 Kristen Kjellman Midfield Northwestern University
2004 Amy Appelt Midfield University of Virginia
2004 Kelly Coppedge Midfield University of Maryland
2004 Gail Decker Midfield James Madison University
2004 Michi Ellers Defense Georgetown University
2004 Theresa Sherry Midfield Princeton University
2003 Lauren Aumiller Midfield University of Virginia
2003 Rachael Becker Defense Princeton University
2003 Kelly Coppedge Midfield University of Maryland
2003 Suzanne Eyler Attack Loyola University
2003 Lisa Staedt Midfield James Madison University
2002 Rachael Becker Defense Princeton
2002 Erin Elbe Attack Georgetown
2002 Christine McPike Midfield University of North Carolina
2002 Tiffany Schummer Midfield University of Virginia
2002 Lauren Aumiller Midfield University of Virginia
2001 Jen Adams Attack University of Maryland
2001 Kate Kaiser Midfield Duke University
2001 Sheehan Stanwick Midfield Georgetown University
2001 Julie Shaner Midfield Princeton University
2001 Quinn Carney Midfield University of Maryland