The Tewaaraton Foundation, which is tasked with designating the Tewaaraton Award to the top male and female collegiate player, released its list of 25 nominees Friday night, and Loyola and Maryland each have two candidates on that list.
The reigning national champion Greyhounds are represented by 2012 Tewaaraton finalist and senior attackman Mike Sawyer and senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff. The Terps, who have been to the last two NCAA title games, boast senior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and redshirt goalkeeper Niko Amato.
Three other schools had two nominees each. They are Albany with sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson and junior attackman Ty Thompson, Cornell with 2011 Tewaaraton finalist and senior attackman Rob Pannell and senior attackman Steve Mock, and Syracuse with senior midfielder JoJo Marasco and senior defenseman Brian Megill.
Colgate senior attackman Peter Baum, who took home the award last May, is a nominee again. Included on the list are Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Tucker Durkin, North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman (Baltimore/Gilman) and Denver senior attackman Eric Law (who played his freshman year at Division III Salisbury before transferring).
Attackmen dominated the pool of nominees, filling 14 of the spots. The rest of list was composed of four goalies, three long-stick midfielders, two midfielders (Marasco and Princeton junior Tom Schreiber) and two defensemen (Durkin and Megill).
Seniors were also a popular choice with 16 making it onto the list. There were also seven juniors and two sophomores (Lyle Thompson and Army attackman John Glesener).
Inevitably, a few players deserving of consideration will be left off the list. Among those who might feel snubbed are Virginia junior attackman Mark Cockerton (46 goals, tops in Division I), Hobart junior attackman Alex Love (45 goals, second), Villanova junior long-stick midfielder John LoCascio (43 caused turnovers, first), Hofstra sophomore goalkeeper Chris Selva (.627 save percentage, second and 7.10 goals-against average, third) and Army sophomore goalie Sam Somers (6.48 goals-against average, first and .605 save percentage, sixth).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun