Morgan Stephens was one of three Cavaliers named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Watch List
Feb. 28, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2014 Tewaaraton Award women's watch list, presented by Panama Jack, which includes Virginia women's lacrosse juniors Casey Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.), Morgan Stephens (Olney, Md.) and Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.).
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.
Bocklet, a 2013 IWLCA third-team All-American, earned a spot on the 2014 All-ACC team. Last season, the attacker led the Cavaliers in goals (44), assists (23) and points (67). Bocklet had a strong showing in the postseason, being named to the ACC All-Tournament team after scoring five goals with two assists before going on to log 10 points in the NCAA Tournament, scoring seven goals with three assists, helping to lead the Cavaliers to the quarterfinals.
Stephens, a 2013 IWLCA All-South Region second-team selection, shifted between offense and defense last season, leading the team in ground balls (29) while also adding 24 goals and six assists. Stephens will also be key on the draw, finishing last season ranked sixth in the ACC in draw controls with 52, the seventh-highest single-season total in Virginia program history.
Swan, a 2013 All-ACC honoree, had 83 draw controls last season, the second-highest single-season total in Virginia program history. Her 4.05 draws-per-game average ranked third in the ACC and 21st in the NCAA. Swan has opened the 2014 campaign by leading the team in scoring, posting at least a hat trick in all four games this season.
Players not named to the initial list have several opportunities to play their way into a spot as the season progresses. Additions will be announced on March 20 and April 10. On April 24, the field will be narrowed to 25 men's and 25 women's nominees. Nominees can be players on the watch lists or players not on the watch lists, effectively allowing for a third round of additions for players who earn a spot. Five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 8 and will be invited to the May 29 ceremony in Washington.
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 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.
Women's Watch List
Bridget Bianco, Northwestern - Jr., G Casey Bocklet, Virginia - Jr., A Nikki Boltja, Louisville - Sr., A Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook - Sr., G Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State - Jr., A Devan Crimi, Adelphi - Sr., A Taylor Cummings, Maryland - Soph., M Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins - Sr., A Lucy Dikeou, Stanford - Soph., M Kelsea Donnelly, Towson - Jr., G Kelsey Duryea, Duke - Soph., G Lucy Ferguson, Penn - Jr., G Katie Ferris, UMass - Sr., A Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown - Sr., M Abbey Friend, North Carolina - Sr., A Loren Generi, Navy - Jr., A Erica Geremia, Cortland - Soph., A Shannon Gilroy, Florida - Jr., A Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth - Sr., G Brooke Griffin, Maryland - Jr., A Hannah Hook, Denver - Sr., G April Iannetta, Hofstra - Jr., D Lauren Kahn, UConn - Sr., M Kelly Lechner, Penn State - Jr., M Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern - Sr., A Meg Markham, Penn - Jr., D Kerrin Maurer, Duke - Jr., A Maggie McCormick, Penn State - Jr., A Erin McMunn, Princeton - Jr., A Kelly McPartland, Maryland - Jr., M Aly Messinger, North Carolina - Soph., A Kaylin Morissette, Louisville - Soph., M Alyssa Murray, Syracuse - Sr., A Rachel Ozer, Stanford - Jr., A Jessica Pandolf, Loch Haven - Jr., M Marlee Paton, Loyola - Sr., A/M Jill Remenapp, Denver - Jr., A Mikaela Rix, Boston College - Jr., M Michelle Rubino, Stony Brook - Jr., M Sloane Serpe, North Carolina - Sr., D Jaclyn Sileo, LIU Post - Sr., A Covie Stanwick, Boston College - Jr., A Morgan Stephens, Virginia - Jr., M Barb Sullivan, Notre Dame - Jr., D Courtney Swan, Virginia - Jr., A Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown - Jr., A Kayla Treanor, Syracuse - Soph., A Taryn VanThof, Loyola - Jr., M Taylor Virden, Duke - Sr., D Katie Webster, Syracuse - Sr., M Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury - Sr., G
For information on attending the Tewaaraton Ceremony on May 29 in Washington, D.C., visit www.Tewaaraton.com. Like and follow the Tewaaraton Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Tewaaraton and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Tewaaraton.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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