Syracuse juniors Megan Carney, Sarah Cooper and Meghan Tyrrell have been announced as nominees for the 2021 Tewaaraton Award. The list of 25 nominees was released by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation on Thursday, April 22. The Tewaaraton Award is presented annually to the top collegiate male and female lacrosse player across Division I, II and III.
Carney currently leads the Orange in goals (46) and ranks second on the team in both points (66) and assists (20). Her points (5.50) and goals (3.83) per game averages rank 10th and 13th in the nation, respectively.
Cooper has captured a team-high 31 ground balls and has tallied a squad-best 23 caused turnovers. She leads the ACC in ground balls per game (2.58) and ranks third in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.92).
Tyrrell has torn up opposing defenses this season, tallying team-highs in points (72) and assists (27) while ranking second in goals (45). She leads the ACC and ranks third in the nation in points per contest (6.00). Her assists (2.25) and goals (3.75) per game averages rank second and third in the ACC, respectively.
Carney and Tyrrell have anchored the Orange offense this season, accounting for 48.1 percent of the team’s goals. The pair of junior attackers tallied seven goals and three assists apiece on Friday against Louisville and etched their names in the Syracuse record books by tying for the fourth-most points (10) in a single game and tying for the second-most goals in a single game. The duo also set a record for the most points (20) and goals (14) between two Syracuse players in a contest.
Cooper has contributed mightily to a Syracuse defense that has limited opposing teams to 9.17 goals per game, the second-lowest mark in the ACC. The Orange lead the ACC in ground ball per game (17.75) and rank second in the conference in caused turnovers (9.42) per game.
Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced in early May. The Tewaaraton Award recipients will be chosen after the conclusion of the collegiate lacrosse season.
The No. 3 Orange take on No. 4 Boston College in a weekend doubleheader between top-five teams today at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 24 at 12 p.m. Fans can watch today’s game on ESPNU while Saturday’s broadcast will be on ACCNX.