Feb. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's lacrosse teams had four Greyhounds named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Friday. Seniors Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer, in addition to junior Joe Fletcher were included on the men's watch list, while junior Marlee Paton was selected to the women's watch list.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and women's nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
Sawyer, a Preseason USILA All-America Second Team selection after earning the same honor following last year, was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year's team. Sawyer was a first-round draft pick, eighth overall, by his hometown Charlotte Hounds in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft.
Paton was a top-25 Tewaaraton Award Nominee last year on the women's side. An IWLCA first-team All-American and the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2012, Paton finished her sophomore campaign with 90 points, the second-best single-season total in program history, scoring 54 goals to go with 36 assists. An ILWomen Preseason All-American this year and a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Paton led the BIG EAST with 48 points in league play last year and was recently named to the Australian National Team that will compete for the 2013 World Cup this summer.
Fletcher returns as an anchor for the Greyhounds' defense. Before the 2013 season, he was named to the Preseason All-America First Team. In his first year as a starter, Fletcher was named to the NCAA and ECAC Championships All-Tournament Teams and earned a reputation as one of the top defenders in the nation. In 19 games as a sophomore, Fletcher caused 26 turnovers, second most on the team, and had 41 ground balls.
Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. This year, he was tabbed a Preseason All-America Second Team member and was on the USILA Third Team last season when he finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan's previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defensive player of the year honors. Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, ninth overall, by the Boston Cannons in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft.
The Loyola men's and women's lacrosse teams will be in action this weekend as they host a doubleheader at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday. The 10th-ranked women will take on No. 9 Penn State at 11 a.m., followed by a rematch of the 2012 NCAA Championship game between No. 2 Loyola and No. 1 Maryland at 1:30 p.m. The men's game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.