Loyola Maryland junior attackman Pat Spencer leads a group of four men’s lacrosse finalists for last year’s Tewaaraton Award who are once again candidates for the sport’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
Spencer, a Davidsonville resident and Boys’ Latin graduate, is joined by Denver senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste, Albany senior attackman Connor Fields and Yale senior attackman Ben Reeves as the returning finalists on the watch list, which was released by the Tewaaraton Foundation on Thursday night. The only omission is Maryland attackman Matt Rambo, who won last year’s honor and has graduated.
Among the 50 candidates, No. 2 and reigning NCAA Division I champion Maryland and Navy lead the area programs with two players each. The Terps are represented by senior midfielder Connor Kelly and sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt, while the Midshipmen added senior midfielder Casey Rees (Boys’ Latin) and junior midfielder Greyson Torain (Glen Burnie) to the list.
No. 18 Johns Hopkins is represented by senior midfielder Joel Tinney, and Towson put junior short-stick defensive midfielder Zach Goodrich on the list.
Reigning NCAA Division III champion Salisbury placed senior defenseman Kyle Tucker on the list. He is the only Division III player among the candidates.
Other players on the list hailing from the Baltimore metropolitan area include senior midfielder Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield) for No. 4 Virginia; sophomore midfielder Bryan Costabile(Mount Saint Joseph) for No. 8 Notre Dame; and junior defenseman Johnny Surdick(Odenton) for No. 12 Army.
Maryland junior defender Julia Braig, junior midfielder Jen Giles (Mount Hebron), junior attacker Caroline Steele (Severn), junior goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) and senior attacker Megan Whittle (McDonogh) were named to the women’s watch list. Other players from local colleges on the list include Navy senior midfielder Jenna Collins (River Hill) and sophomore attacker Kelly Larkin; Johns Hopkins senior attacker Emily Kenul; Towson sophomore defender Olivia Conti; and Loyola Maryland junior midfielder Taylor VanThof.
A selection committee composed of several coaches can add more players to the pool of candidates on March 22 and April 5. The list will be trimmed to 25 nominees on April 26 and five finalists on May 10 before the Tewaaraton Award ceremony on May 31 in Washington.