NEW YORK, NY - Five members of the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team were named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday evening.
The Terps have the most players in the country named to the watch list. Each Terp named to the list was selected as a preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse, while Whittle, Taylor and Giles were also named Maryland’s Big Ten Players to Watch.
Whittle has now been selected for the Tewaaraton Watch List in three straight seasons. It’s the second appearance for Taylor, while Braig, Giles and Steele are all on the list for the first time.
Maryland has won six straight Tewaaraton Awards and seven of the last eight. Zoe Stuckenberg took home the prestigious award for the Terps last season. Before that, Taylor Cummings won three straight from 2014-16 and Katie Schwarzmann became the first two-time winner for Maryland in 2012-13. Caitlyn McFadden started the seven-for-eight streak for Maryland, garnering the award in 2010. Jen Adams won the inaugural Tewaaraton in 2001.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.
Players not named to the initial lists have several opportunities to play their way into a spot as the season progresses. Watch list additions, if applicable, will be announced on March 22 and April 5. On April 26, the field will be narrowed to 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. Nominees can be players on the watch lists or players not on the watch lists, effectively allowing for a third round of additions.
Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced on May 10 and invited to the ceremony. The 18th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 31.