April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Loyola University Maryland lacrosse players - junior Marlee Paton of the women's team and seniors Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer from the men's side - were named candidates for their respective Tewaaraton Awards, an honor that recognized the best men's and women's players in collegiate lacrosse.
The Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday night 25 men's and 25 women's nominees for the awards.
All three are repeat nominees after also being up for the award last season. Sawyer was one later one of five finalists on the men's side.
Loyola is one of six schools to have players nominated for both the men's and women's awards, joining Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State and Syracuse. Loyola is also one of five men's teams to have two players on the list, along with Albany, Cornell, Maryland and Syracuse.
Paton, an Inside Lacrosse Women Preseason All-American and unanimous preseason All-BIG EAST pick, leads the Greyhounds with 46 points this year on a team-best 28 goals and 18 assists. She also has 31 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers.
A 2012 IWLCA first-team All-American and the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, the Seaholme, Australia native recently cracked into Loyola's top-10 program records for career points, currently sitting ninth with 184. She is also just the ninth Greyhound in program history to notch both 100 goals and 50 assists and only the second player to reach those numbers in their junior season.
Ratliff and Sawyer have helped the Greyhounds men's team to a 10-3 record heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at Johns Hopkins.
Sawyer has continued to be one of the top attack players in the nation this season after earning USILA All-America Second Team honors and finishing as a finalist for the 2012 Tewaaraton. This season, he has scored 27 goals and has 33 points through 11 games for the Greyhounds.
In each of his last two contests - against the Denver and Hobart- the senior from Waxhaw, N.C., has scored four goals and assisted on two, season-highs in both categories. He is tied for the lead in the ECAC Lacrosse League with 2.83 goals per game in conference games.
After earning USILA All-America Third Team honors a year ago as a long-stick midfielder, Ratliff has continued to be one of the best at his position. He leads the Greyhounds in both ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (29), and with 88 career caused turnovers, he is two away from tying the school career record set by P.T. Ricci.
Ratliff has continued to be a scoring threat in both transition and settled offense for the Greyhounds. This season, he has set a school record for single-season goals by a long-pole player, scoring 13 to increase his record from a year ago by one. Earlier this year against Fairfield, he became what is thought to be the first player in modern lacrosse history to score four goals in a game with a long-stick. He also has assisted on four goals this season, and in his four-year career, he has scored 29 goals and assisted on 14.
The 13th-annual Tewaaraton Award winners will be announced on Thursday, May 30, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.