The Tewaaraton Award, given to the Player of the Year in both men’s and women’s lacrosse, could go to an America East player after the Watch Lists were announced on Wednesday. Five men and two women are up for consideration to receive college lacrosse’s top honor.
America East lacrosse is no stranger to the Tewaaraton Award. Stony Brook’s Kevin Crowley was one of five finalists for the award two seasons ago.
This year, members from five of six conference men’s lacrosse squads cracked the list: Carter Bender of the defending champion Hartford Hawks, UMBC’s Rob Grimm, Albany’s Joe Resetarits, Stony Brook’s Jeff Tundo and Binghamton’s Ben Waldron.
Bender and Resetarits both heard their names called in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft back in January.
For the women, Albany’s Arian Parker, who scored 44 goals last season as a freshman, and Boston University’s Danielle Etrasco, the conference’s 2011 Co-Player of the Year, made the list.
It’s a big weekend for lacrosse as a majority of our teams play their season openers. Defending champion Hartford is at #7 Maryland tomorrow while Stony Brook travels to Fairfield, Albany takes on #8 Syracuse, UMBC tangles with Robert Morris and Vermont is at Colgate. Albany-Syracuse will be televised on Time Warner Sports and Sportsnet NY.
On the women’ side, three squads all play home games as Albany opens against Niagara, UMBC against Florida and Stony Brook looks to go 3-0 to start the Joe Spallina era against Central Connecticut.
It’s also BracketBusters weekend in men’s hoops and all nine squads are in action for the first time ever highlighted by the Stony Brook-Northeastern contest in Boston. Albany, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont all play home games this weekend. Here is the full schedule.
To add even more excitement to the weekend, the women’s hoops slate is jammed with crucial conference bouts. Boston University can clinch the regular season title with a win over second-place Albany on Saturday while Hartford and UMBC battle for the No. 3 seed Sunday on national television.
And to top it all off, the 2012 indoor track and field championship is underway at Boston U.’s Track and Tennis Center where Albany looks to sweep the team title for the third straight year.