Feb. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loyola University Maryland senior Ana Heneberry, senior Kerry Stoothoff, junior Mike Sawyer and sophomore Marlee Paton were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists, as announced Wednesday. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.
This year’s list has 64 schools represented, which is a record high. Of the 73 men honored, Sawyer is one of six to play in the ECAC, while Heneberry, Paton and Stoothoff are among eight BIG EAST honorees of the 53 women listed. In addition, Loyola’s women are among five schools (Duke, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia are the others) with three nominees, while Maryland leads the way with four.
"We are particularly excited with the number of schools represented in this year's Watch List, which is a strong indication of the growth of the sport and the excitement that the Award creates throughout the lacrosse world," said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award.
Heneberry, Paton and Stoothoff were all preseason All-BIG EAST selections for the Greyhounds this year, while Sawyer was named to the All-ECAC Preseason Team.
In addition, Heneberry was voted the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was the only BIG EAST player to be selected to Inside Lacrosse’s Inaugural Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America first or second team. The Timonium, Md., native was a third-team All-American in 2011 and has earned two All-BIG EAST Second Team honors throughout hear career, in addition to dual All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. Coming into this season, she ranks fourth all-time in program history with 84 caused turnovers.
Paton, one of just four sophomores to be honored on the Watch List, was a second-team all-region and all-conference honoree in just her first season. The native of Seaholme, Australia, scored 38 goals for Loyola, the most for a first-year player since former All-American and Tewaaraton Award finalist Grace Gavin totaled the same amount in 2008, and led the league with five game-winning goals. In addition, Paton tacked on 10 assists and ranked third on the team with 35 ground balls.
Sawyer is the lone honoree on the men’s side for Loyola. The Waxhaw, N.C., native led the Greyhounds with 31 goals last season and was also selected to Faceoff Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention last month. He earned All-ECAC First Team honors in 2011 after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009. He also led Loyola attackers with 32 ground balls, and he paced the team with six extra-man goals.
Stoothoff ranked second in the league in GAA (9.09) and save percentage (.465) last year, en route to four BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors and a second-team all-conference nod. One of six goalies selected to the Watch List, the Blue Point, N.Y., native was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Both Loyola’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will open its seasons on Saturday, Feb. 18. The men will host Delaware at Ridley Athletic Complex at 1 p.m., while the women will head to Virginia for a 2:30 p.m. game.