Tarleton and Michael Receive Tewaaraton Award Nominations|
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April 29, 2016
WASHINGTON -- USC senior captain Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS) and junior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./The Menlo School) were each named to the list of 25 women's lacrosse players nominated for the Tewaaraton Award presented by Under Armour as announced by The Tewaaraton Foundation on Friday, April 29. 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.
Five finalists will be selected from the group of 25, announced on Thursday, May 12, and invited to the ceremony. The 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 2, in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
The nominees include players from 14 schools, including 2014 and 2015 winner Taylor Cummings (Maryland) as well as 2015 finalists Sarah Mannelly (Boston College), Barbara Sullivan (Notre Dame), and Kayla Treanor (Syracuse). Eight schools had two or more players nominated, with Maryland earning an NCAA-best five nominations, and the list includes representatives from 13 of the Top 20 teams in the April 25 IWLCA Coaches Poll.
Four women's nominees were added in this round, including Madison Cyr (Penn State), Molly Hendrick (North Carolina), Courtney Murphy (Stony Brook) and Tarleton (USC). Michael and senior midfielder Amanda Johansen were on the first Tewaaraton Award watch list issued at the beginning of the spring.
Tarleton is a four-year captain and was named the MPSF Player of the Year this week. She was chosen for MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season (four times in her career). Tarleton holds USC single-game records for caused turnovers (6) and ground balls (8); the single-season record for caused turnovers (44 in 2016); and is the program's career leader in both ground balls (141) and caused turnovers (117). This year, her leadership has helped produce the nation's top defense (5.41 gaa). She leads the MPSF and ranks seventh in the nation for caused turnovers (2.59 ctpg) and is eighth in the conference for ground balls (2.00 gbpg).
Michael was the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year and received MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors four times this season. She leads the league in goals (58), goals per game (3.41 gpg), points (86), points per game (5.06 ppg), and draw controls (5.06 dcpg). She also ranks second in the MPSF for assists (1.65 apg). Michael is a two-time All-MPSF first-team selection and was USC's first IWLCA All-American (third team in 2015).
"We congratulate these elite student-athletes on their remarkable accomplishments thus far this season," said Jeff Harvey, chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation. "With the help of our selection committees, we look forward to announcing this year's finalists next month."
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. 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 Award, how to donate to this non-profit or to attend these exciting events, visit Tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Fifth-ranked USC (17-0) finished the regular season undefeated and holds the top seed in the MPSF tournament (April 28-May 1). The Trojans face fifth-seeded Denver (9-8) in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. PT at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
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2016 TEWAARATON AWARD WOMEN'S NOMINEES