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Wednesday April 25, 2012Gator Juniors Kitty Cullen, Brittany Dashiell Nominated for Prestigious Tewaaraton Award

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida juniors Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) were announced this afternoon as official nominees for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, presented by Panama Jack. The pair of Gators are among 25 women’s lacrosse players nominated for this award, which is generally recognized as the highest individual annual award given out in NCAA lacrosse.

“It is a tremendous honor for both Brittany and Kitty to be named to the Tewaaraton Award nominee list,” said Head Coach Amanda O’Leary. “We are extremely proud of these young women who are excellent representatives of our program and the University of Florida.” 

Cullen receives the nomination for the second-straight year, while Dashiell earns the honor for the first time. While a Gator student-athlete has yet to be selected as a Tewaaraton finalist, assistant coach Caitlyn McFadden was the 2010 Tewaaraton Award winner as a senior at the University of Maryland.

Kitty Cullen leads the Gators in both points per game (3.93) and assists per game (1.33), with a total of 39 goals and 20 assists for 59 points on the season. The 2011 ALC Player of the Year has had to adjust her style of play this season, often drawing double- or triple-teamed defense from her opponents. As a follow-up to her 77-goal performance in 2011, Cullen, who had just 15 assists through her first two seasons, put up 20 assists in the first 10 games of 2012, easily adjusting to her new role on the balanced 2012 Gators attacking unit. Additionally, the Rockville, Md., native has eight ground balls, six draw controls and a caused turnover on the season

Brittany Dashiell has had a standout campaign in the midfield, looking strong on both ends of the field as well as through the midfield. One of Florida’s nation-leading four players with over 50 points, Dashiell is tied for the team lead with 20 assists, while adding 34 goals on the offensive end. The Bel Air, Md., native is third on the team in both draw controls (38) and caused turnovers (11), while also tabbing 24 ground balls.

25 male and 25 female lacrosse players were selected as official nominees today, narrowing the field from the 82 men and 57 women who were named to the watch lists earlier this season. Gator junior Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) was among the 32 additional women’s lacrosse players selected at the start of the season.

On May 10, the Tewaaraton Foundation will make yet another cut, narrowing down the list to five male and five female finalists, who will be honored May 31, 2012, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

 “We congratulate these 50 elite student-athletes on their remarkable accomplishments thus far this season,” said Jeff Harvey, chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation. “With the help of our selection committees, we look forward to announcing this year’s finalists next month.” The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and ten women’s current and former coaches.

The 25 female nominees include players from 17 different schools, 16 of which are currently ranked in the IWLCA Division I poll. Maryland and North Carolina lead all teams with three nominees, while Florida, Northwestern, Syracuse and Duke each have two players nominated.

Official 2012 Women’s Tewaarton Nominees

Dana Cahill, Goalie - Penn State University

Kara Cannizzaro, Midfield - University of North Carolina

Ally Carey, Midfield - Vanderbilt University

Kitty Cullen, Attack - University of Florida

Brittany Dashiell, Midfield - University of Florida

Emma Hamm, Attack - Duke University

Kristin Igoe, Midfield - Boston College

Karri Ellen Johnson, Attack - University of Maryland

Becky Lynch, Attack - University of North Carolina

Alayna Markwordt, Attack - Ohio State University

Alyssa Murray, Attack - Syracuse University

Josie Owen, Attack - University of Virginia

Marlee Paton, Midfield - Loyola University

Sarah Plumb, Midfield - Dartmouth College

Iliana Sanza, Defense - University of Maryland

Katie Schwarzmann, Midfield - University of Maryland

Shannon Smith, Midfield - Northwestern University

Jessi Steinberg, Attack - Cornell University

Maggie Tamasitis, Attack - University of Notre Dame

Mary Teeters, Goalie - Towson University

Sophia Thomas, Midfield - Georgetown University

Taylor Thorton, Defense - Northwestern University

Michelle Tumolo, Attack - Syracuse University

Kim Wenger, Midfield - Duke University

Laura Zimmerman, Midfield - University of North Carolina

 

Official 2012 Men’s Tewaaraton Nominees

Pierce Bassett, Goalie - Johns Hopkins University

Peter Baum, Midfield - Colgate University

Jesse Bernhardt, LSM - University of Maryland

Anthony Biscardi, Midfield - University of Massachusetts

Sam Bradman, Midfield - Salisbury University

Colin Briggs, Midfield - University of Virginia

CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield - Duke University

Kevin Cunningham, Attack - Villanova University

Tucker Durkin, Defense - Johns Hopkins University

Billy Eisenreich, Attack - Bucknell University

Tyler Fiorito, Goalie - Princeton University

Marcus Holman, Attack/Midfield - University of North Carolina

Austin Kaut, Goalie - Penn State University

John Kemp, Goalie - University of Notre Dame

Roy Lang, Midfield - Cornell University

Will Manny, Attack - University of Massachusetts

Kiel Matisz, Midfield - Robert Morris University

Mark Matthews, Attack - University of Denver

Brian Megill, Defense - Syracuse University

Mason Poli, Defense - Bryant University

Scott Ratliff, LSM - Loyola University

Michael Sawyer, Attack - Loyola University

Tom Schreiber, Midfield - Princeton University

Steele Stanwick, Attack - University of Virginia

Garrett Thul, Attack - United States Military Academy

 

Tewaaraton Award Recipients

Year

Men's Winner

School

Position

Women's Winner

School

Position

2001

Doug Shanahan

Hofstra

Midfield

Jen Adams

Maryland

Attack

2002

Mike Powell

Syracuse

Attack

Erin Elbe

Georgetown

Attack

2003

Chris Rotelli

Virginia

Midfield

Rachael Becker

Princeton

Defense

2004

Mike Powell

Syracuse

Attack

Amy Appelt

Virginia

Attack

2005

Kyle Harrison

Johns Hopkins

Midfield

Katie Chrest

Duke

Attack

2006

Matt Ward

Virginia

Attack

Kristen Kjellman

Northwestern

Midfield

2007

Matt Danowski

Duke

Attack

Kristen Kjellman

Northwestern

Midfield

2008

Mike Leveille

Syracuse

Attack

Hannah Nielsen

Northwestern

Midfield

2009

Max Seibald

Cornell

Midfield

Hannah Nielsen

Northwestern

Midfield

2010

Ned Crotty

Duke

Attack

Caitlyn McFadden

Maryland

Midfield

2011

Steele Stanwick

Virginia

Attack

Shannon Smith

Northwestern

Attack

 


 

About The Tewaaraton Foundation

First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit www.tewaaraton.com. Additionally, you can like or follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/Tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton.

About Panama Jack

Panama Jack is an international company that has built a powerful brand and loyal following with product offerings synonymous with a carefree beach lifestyle. Its offerings include suncare products, sunglasses, beach apparel, sandals and shoes, hats, jewelry, and beach chairs and umbrellas. Panama Jack added home furnishings to its product offerings in 2011, introducing its Home Collection and Outdoor Collection that allow people to live the Panama Jack lifestyle at home. The company also launched branded luggage and beach-cruiser bicycles in 2010, as well as opening the first of several Panama Jack retail stores at top travel destinations. Founded in 1974, Panama Jack is based in Orlando, Fla. To learn more, please visit www.panamajack.com.

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