Native Lacrosse Players
Among Early Contenders for 2013 Tewaaraton Award
by Indian Country Today
Media Network Staff
Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men's
and women's watch lists. The lists include the top players across
all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders
for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female
college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees
are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually
by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to
these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along
side these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men's
and women's nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men's and five
women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited
to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony,
May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American
Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal
nations of the Iroquois Confederacy : the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida,
Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. While 2013 is The Year of the Mohawk,
the men's watch list includes three members of the Onondaga Nation
in Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson from Albany. Lyle and Miles are brothers,
and Ty is their cousin. All three Thompsons are attackmen for the
University of Albany. On February 17 the Thompson Trio led the Great
Danes to an upset of mighty Syracuse, taking the match, which went
to double overtime, 16-15. Watch this savvy goal scored by Miles:
Among 2013 watch lists returnees are reigning Tewaaraton Award
winners Peter Baum (Colgate) and Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland), as
well six former finalists. On the men's side, 2012 finalists Will
Manny (Massachusetts) and Mike Sawyer (Loyola) are joined by 2011
finalist Rob Pannell (Cornell). Three 2012 women's finalists Brittany
Dashiell (Florida), Taylor Thornton (Northwestern) and Michelle
Tumolo (Syracuse) all return to the watch list this year.
"The national reach of quality players is evident in this list,
with players from all regions of the country, along with a strong
group of eight former winners and finalists," said Jeff Harvey,
chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation, in a press release. "As the
season unfolds, we are excited for another deserving group of Tewaaraton
Award candidates to emerge."
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized
as the pre-eminent 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 US 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, visit Tewaaraton.com.
The Tewaaraton Foundation is a non-profit organization tasked
with fulfilling the mission of the Tewaaraton Award. This mission
is to: 1. Recognize excellence in the game of lacrosse by annually
honoring the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA players.
2. Celebrate Legends of the game who would have won the Award
had it existed in their playing days. 3. Honor the Native American
history of the sport through the Awards name and through the Spirit
of Tewaaraton Award which recognizes those who have contributed
to the advancement of the sport. 4. Give back to the Native American
community by providing scholarships to Native American college
bound students who play lacrosse.
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