Feb. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the college lacrosse season gets fully underway, the first Tewaaraton Award Watch List was released on Friday afternoon and included Army senior attackman Garrett Thul and sophomore attackman John Glesener as early contenders.
The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation taking place at The University Club of Washington D.C., in June of 2001. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse Award honoring the nation's top male and female collegiate lacrosse players. Thul and Glesener were two of 11 Patriot League players named to the initial Watch List, which includes last year's winner, senior attackman Peter Baum of Colgate.
The selection committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot alongside these elite players. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 men and women. In mid-May, the five finalists in each category will be announced. Those finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 30, at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. For information on the Award and to purchase tickets to the event, go to www.tewaaraton.com.
One of the most prolific scorers in Army history, Thul heads into this weekend's game at No. 18/18 Syracuse with the nation's longest goal scoring streak (42 games) and just six goals shy of tying the Army career goals mark. Coming off a career-high, seven-goal effort in a 14-8 win over VMI last Saturday, Thul now has 134 career goals and is just shy of Scott Finlay's '79 mark of 140. A preseason All-American and All-Patriot League performer, Thul also ranks 10th on the program's career points list with 152 points.
Glesener has started every game of his young career and already owns 21 goals and 25 assists over 18 contests. He recorded his second career hat trick in this season's opener at nationally ranked Massachusetts. Glesener, who moved from the midfield to attack this season, led Army in assists last spring and has a team-high eight helpers heading into this weekend's contest. Along with Thul, he is a preseason All-American and All-Patriot League pick.
Thul and Glesener hope to follow in the footsteps of All-Americans Jeremy Boltus (West Point '11) and John Walker (West Point '06), who represented Army among the five national finalists for the Tewaaraton Award in 2011 and 2005, respectively.
Click here to view the complete Watch List.