April 15, 2009
BALTIMORE - Senior Shane Koppens was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award on Wednesday, which recognizes the top player in all of collegiate lacrosse. A native of Clifton Park, N.Y., he is just one of 21 Division-I men's players to make the final cut for the prestigious honor. Nominees were selected by coaches.
Koppens, an attackman and team captain, has scored 17 goals and a team-high 12 assists this year, leading the No. 15/15 Greyhounds to a 7-4 record and 4-1 mark in conference play.
Despite missing the first two games of the 2009 season in the NCAA decision to grant him an extra year of eligibility, Koppens has picked up right where he left off, starting all nine games. He scored a hat-trick in his season debut against Penn State and registered a career-high nine-point game (three goals, six assists) in a win over Bryant, becoming the first Loyola player since Gavin Prout in the 2000 season to score nine-points in a game.
After leading the team with 44 points in 2008, he was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention USILA All-American.
He is currently ninth on Loyola's all-time career-points list with 139, and is fifth on the all-time assists list with 73.
Koppens' teammate, long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci, was named to the preseason Tewaaraton Award watch list.
The Tewaaraton is the top award in all of collegiate lacrosse, and is the equivalent of NCAA football's Heisman Trophy.
Click here to read a recent feature story written on Koppens by Todd McElwee of Baltimore's PressBox.