Two Nittany Lions Named 2016 Tewaaraton Nominees
The Tewaaraton foundation named 25 nominees for the prestigious 2016 Tewaaraton award on Friday, and two Nittany Lions are among the ranks. The award, much like the Heisman or the Hobey Baker, recognizes the top-performing NCAA Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse players of the year. Penn State’s junior attacker Nick Aponte and senior midfielder Madison Cyr both received a nomination.
So far, Aponte has tallied 26 goals and 45 points on the season, with a .400 shot percentage. He’s started every game and has been a driving force on offense with well placed goals and intelligent assists. He’s also managed to collect 19 ground balls.
Recently named national player of the week Cyr currently leads the team in goals, points, shots, ground balls, and caused turnovers. With her current season goal tally of 47, her career goals add up to 144 — eighth in program history. The Westminster, Maryland native has posted at least two goals in every game this season with ten (!!) hat tricks. Her status as a nominee follows in the footsteps of her former teammate Maggie McCormick (2013, 2015).
Five men’s and women’s finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 12 and the final award ceremony will be Thursday June 2 in Washington D.C.
Best of luck to our Nittany Lions!