Feb 24, 2016, 9:40 AM EDT
NEW YORK (February 23, 2016) – The 50 candidates for the most prestigious award in college lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award presented by Under Armour, were announced late Tuesday evening. The Tewaaraton Award Watch List includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. On the men’s side, Hofstra University’s Sam Llinares and Towson University’s Tyler White earned a spot on the list while James Madison University’s Jaci Gordon represented CAA Women’s Lacrosse.
Llinares opened his 2016 senior season in fine fashion with a five-goal performance in Hofstra’s 10-5 victory over then-fifth-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill last Saturday. The 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and 2016 Preseason CAA Player of the Year, was just one goal off his career-high and helped propel the Pride into the Top 15 in all of the Division I polls this week. For his efforts, he was named the CAA Player of the Week and the USILA/Lids Team Sports National Offensive Player of the Week. Llinares, who ranks first in Division I in goals per game and 11th in points per game this week, now has 78 goals and 69 assists for 147 points during his Hofstra career. He ranks sixth in career assists, ninth in career points and is tied for 19th in career goals in Hofstra history.
White is off to another strong start in 2016, carrying a 3.04 goals against average through the first two Tigers games of the season. The redshirt senior has made 15 saves and allowed just six goals in his 119 minutes of work. His 2-0 record matches the team’s record, while stopping shots at a 71.4 percent clip. Last season, White backstopped one of the nation’s best Division I defenses, which limited opponents to 7.72 goals per game. White set the program’s single-season record with a 7.57 goals against average, while stopping shots at a 56.7 percent rate and was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. A third-team All-American last season, White currently ranks second at Towson with a career goals against average of 8.52 and a career save percentage of .535, which ranks sixth all-time at Towson. The fifth-year player was named to the Preseason All-CAA Team and was an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America selection as well.
“It’s great to see Tyler White be recognized on the Tewaaraton Watch List. Tyler is a terrific young man that has worked hard and earned all the success and recognition he is receiving,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “He has battled through a lot of adversity, in his personal life and athletic career, from high school through his years at Towson. Every step of the way, Tyler has grown in maturity, talent and as a leader. I am honored to have the opportunity to coach Tyler and have him represent everything that Towson Lacrosse is about.”
Gordon was named CAA Preseason Player of the Year and was an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American prior to the 2016 season. In 2015, Gordon was a First Team All-CAA honoree after scoring 62 points on 40 goals and dishing out a team-best 22 assists. She had an 87.3 shot percentage and added 11 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and five draw controls. Through three games this season, the midfielder has tallied six goals and two assists for eight points.
“It’s such an honor for Jaci to be recognized at this level,” Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. “She will be compared to some of the best players in the game, so I’m excited for her. It’s a compliment to Jaci and our program that she is the only player in the conference to make the list.”
Players not named to the initial list have several opportunities to play their way into a spot as the season progresses. Watch list additions, if applicable, will be announced on March 17 and April 7. On April 28, 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 12 and invited to the ceremony. The 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on June 2.
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