Hempstead, NY - Hofstra senior midfielders John Antoniades and Adrian Sorichetti have been named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Men's Lacrosse Watch List, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday.
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 nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men'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.
The current list of more than 90 men's student-athletes include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA Lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. Among 2013 men's watch lists returnees are reigning Tewaaraton Award winners Peter Baum (Colgate), as well three former finalists. On the men's side, 2012 finalists Will Manny (Massachusetts) and Mike Sawyer (Loyola) are joined by 2011 finalist Rob Pannell (Cornell).
Antoniades, a senior face-off specialist from Hauppauge, New York, was a 2011 USILA All-America honorable mention and is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection including a first team choice in 2011. He is a 2013 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America third team pick.
Sorichetti, a senior midfielder from Whitby, ON, Canada, led the Pride in assists with 14, and points with 38 in 2012. He was named to the All-CAA first team a year ago and is a 2013 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America second team pick. He opened the season last weekend with a goal and two assists against Sacred Heart University.
"The national reach of quality players is evident in this list, with players from all regions of the country, along with a strong group of eight former winners and finalists," said Jeff Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. "As the season unfolds, we are excited for another deserving group of Tewaaraton Award candidates to emerge."
Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy - the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. While 2013 is The Year of the Mohawk, the men's watch list includes three members of the Onondaga Nation in Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson from Albany.
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse's centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy - the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora - and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, visit www.tewaaraton.com.
The 20th-ranked Pride return to action tomorrow (Feb. 23) when they host the 13th-ranked Tigers of Princeton at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time is 1:30 p.m.