Two months after unveiling the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday afternoon that it had narrowed the pool of 50 players to 25.
Johns Hopkins junior attackman Ryan Brown (Sykesville/Calvert Hall) and Maryland redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr made the cut to be named a finalist on May 7. Duke junior midfielder Deemer Class (Baltimore/Loyola) was the only other player with Maryland ties to be on the list.
No. 4 Syracuse led all schools with four players (senior attackman Kevin Rice, redshirt junior attackman Dylan Donahue, redshirt junior defenseman Brandon Mullins and sophomore faceoff specialist Ben Williams) in contention to be named a finalist.
No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 5 Denver are each represented by three players.
The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the top player in college lacrosse. Last year's honor was shared by Albany attackmen and brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, marking the first time in the award's history that it had been split between two players.
Lyle Thompson, a senior attackman who set the NCAA single-season scoring record with 128 points last spring, is the only finalist from 2014 in the pool of 25 again.