The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2015 Tewaaraton Award men's and women's watch lists, with a combined 18 men's and women's players garnering recognition. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse.
Maryland's women's team returns two of the finalists for last year's award, including Megan Douty and Taylor Cummings, the 2014 Tewaaraton Award winner. Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State also had multiple student-athletes named to the women's watch list.
Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers had at least one student-athlete named to the men's watch list, including three Blue Jays players.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation.
Players not named to the initial list have several opportunities to play their way into a spot as the season progresses. Watch lists additions, if applicable, will be announced on March 19 and April 9. On April 23, 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. Five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 7 and invited to the ceremony. The Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2015, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
MEN'S WATCH LIST
Ryan Brown, Johns Hopkins - Jr., A
Michael Pellegrino, Johns Hopkins - Sr., LSM
Wells Stanwick, Johns Hopkins - Sr., A
Charlie Raffa, Maryland - Sr., FO
Jesse King, Ohio State - Sr., M
Joe Nardella, Rutgers - Sr., M
WOMEN'S WATCH LIST
Taylor Cummings, Maryland - Jr., M
Megan Douty, Maryland - Sr., D
Brooke Griffin, Maryland - Sr., A
Kelly McPartland, Maryland - Sr., M
Alice Mercer, Maryland - Jr., D
Bridget Bianco, Northwestern - Sr., G
Kara Mupo, Northwestern - Sr., A
Kathleen Chase, Ohio State - Sr., A
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State - Sr., A
Tori DeScenza, Ohio State - Sr., G
Madison Cyr, Penn State - Jr., M
Maggie McCormick, Penn State - Sr., A