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Tewaaraton Award watch list missing a few notable players

The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the men's watch list for its annual award Thursday night.

It’s a large group, but there were a few players absent from the list that stood out to me. Locally, I was surprised that Loyola junior attackman Nikko Pontrello was missing. He leads Division I in goals with 15 and is tied with Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf for the national lead in points with 19.

UMBC could have had a couple candidates in senior attackman Matt Gregoire and sophomore midfielder Pat Young. Navy senior long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan was left off the list despite being selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the fifth round of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft in January.

Nationally, Denver sophomore attackman Jack Bobzien is tied for fourth in the country in points with 17. Duke senior long-stick midfielder Luke Duprey is generally regarded as the best player at his position and was chosen by the New York Lizards with the fourth overall pick in the MLL draft.

North Carolina sophomore Kieran Burke and Bellarmine senior Will Haas are the only goalkeepers ranked in the top five in both goals-against average and save percentage.

North Carolina junior attackman Jimmy Bitter is working his way back after sitting out the season opener because of an ankle injury, and Ohio State senior defenseman Joe Meurer was taken in the second round of the MLL draft by the Florida Launch.

Players not named Thursday night can still make the list as more nominees can be added on March 20 and April 10. The list will be narrowed to 25 candidates on April 24. Five finalists will be named on May 8 and invited to the May 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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