Tewaaraton award 2015: Kevin Rice, Kayla Treanor fall short of prestigious title

first_img Published on May 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus WASHINGTON D.C. — Kevin Rice stood on stage with his hands folded in front of him as the men’s Tewaaraton award winner was announced.Just minutes earlier, as the women’s winner was announced, Kayla Treanor instantly flashed a smile and laughed with Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan standing next to her.Neither Rice nor Treanor took home the Tewaaraton at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. University at Albany’s Lyle Thompson took home the men’s Tewaaraton and Maryland midfielder Taylor Cummings won the award for the women.“It would mean a lot (to win),” Rice said before the ceremony. “It would be certainly a validation of my career, but even if I don’t win it it’s still an honor to be here.”Rice and Treanor were among the five finalists for each award — one for the men and one for the women — given to the nation’s top player. Denver attack Wesley Berg, Duke midfielder Myles Jones and Notre Dame attack Matt Kavanagh rounded out the men’s group. Florida attack Shannon Gilroy, Boston College midfielder Sarah Mannelly and Sullivan were the other finalists on the women’s side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRice led the second-best scoring offense in the country with 84 points and won the Jack Turnbull Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding attack, beating out Thompson. The Orange suffered a disappointing 16-15 loss to unseeded Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, despite coming in as the No. 2 seed.“I didn’t really play at all as freshman and you know just every year keep developing and my role increased to be a captain this last year was extremely exciting for me,” Rice said before the ceremony.He would have joined former Syracuse attacks Michael Powell and Mike Leveille as the only SU players to win the Tewaaraton.Thompson put up 121 points for Albany this season, second in NCAA history to the 128 he put up last year when he shared the Tewaaraton Award with his brother, Miles. He’s the first back-to-back men’s Tewaaraton winner since the award was first given out in 2001 and the first repeat winner since Powell won it in 2002 and 2004.“I’m just proud to represent my team in Albany,” Thompson said. “ … We changed the look on lacrosse — all of lacrosse around the world. “On the women’s side, Treanor’s 60 goals were the most for the SU and her 91 points were tied for first on the team with attack Halle Majorana. She earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row and is fourth all time in points, assists and goals for the Orange, despite having and up and down year in which she recorded zero points in three games.SU battled through a tumultuous season marked with eight losses to win the ACC championship, but lost to Cummings and Maryland in the final four.“It’s just about being here,” Treanor said before the ceremony. “You don’t focus on winning these kind of things. It’s just about the event.”Cummings put together a similar campaign to last season, en route to her second straight Tewaaraton Award and national championship. She finished first in the nation in points and fifth in draw controls this season, including 11 points in the national championship and semifinal games.A women’s player from Maryland has won the Tewaaraton each of the past four years, with Cummings and Katie Schwarzmann each winning it in back-to-back years. Cummings became the first female sophomore to win the award last year.“Individual awards are great, but it wouldn’t happen without (my teammates),” Cummings said during her speech.Also at the event, Oren Lyons, a former All-American goalie for Syracuse and faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of Onondaga Nation, was given the Spirit of Tewaaraton award.Former Syracuse midfielder Brad Kotz was honored with the Tewaaraton Legend Award, given each year to a player who played before 2001 when the award was first created. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Volleyball comes back to Field House after pair of big wins

first_imgSheffield specifically praised the way that sophomore setter Lauren Carlini handled herself and drove the team throughout the game and especially in the fourth set to get Wisconsin back on track. Carlini had 42 assists on the night.Now that the Badgers are back in Madison, they will experience a full week of practice for the first time in a while after playing weekday matches the last three weeks. Following a day off Sunday, Sheffield said he is optimistic that his players will be ready to go in practice all week.The full week of practice will be much needed as the Badgers prepare to take on newcomers to the Big Ten, Rutgers and Maryland. Both teams have struggled through the early going of the conference season with identical 0-4 Big Ten records, but they have still compiled seven wins apiece.To prepare for a pair of squads that Wisconsin hasn’t seen much of, Sheffield said much of the gameplan will revolve around watching game film of the Scarlet Knights and Terrapins. While Sheffield and the players have yet to watch Rutgers in action this season, they did see Maryland play two matches when both teams participated in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.Wisconsin has been slowly making its way back up to the top of the rankings after two loses in a row against top ranked teams, Washington and Penn State.Despite the tough, early season losses, Sheffield said his players have remained resilient.“I think they were really, really down after those two losses, and they got back in the gym,” Sheffield said. “I think there was even stronger focus, stronger will … So I think that is the thing that I’m learning about this team and the players on this team is they may get knocked down, but they don’t stay down for long.”The Badgers have bounced back strong and hope to continue that trend in the upcoming weekend against strong rivals. Their recent successes are largely due in part to the team’s strong ability to communicate with each other both on and off the court.“If there is a big, big gap between the coach and the leaders, that is when miscommunication happens,” Sheffield said. “That’s when people go off and do their own thing. Those have usually been my toughest teams is when those leaders are [on a] totally different page than me. The group here, I think we’ve got some great leaders. They’ve done a really good job of making sure that the players away from the practice are doing and saying the right things. They’re coming to practice in the right mindset.”The Badgers will face off against Rutgers Friday at 7 p.m. and Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UW Field House. The No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team is back in Madison this weekend after two victories in their first Big Ten road games of the season.The Badgers are coming off two big wins against Northwestern (13-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Illinois (11-4, 3-1).In his press conference Monday, head coach Kelly Sheffield addressed the team’s recent success and upcoming games.“It was a tough week. Northwestern and Illinois are two really, really good teams on the road,” Sheffield said. “I thought the Northwestern match, I thought it was … very balanced. I thought Kelli Bates, in particular, stood out that match and really played well. I thought we served the ball really well.”The Badgers defeated the Wildcats last Wednesday night in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-16 and 25-23. As Sheffield referenced, the freshman outside hitter Bates had a big night with 13 kills.After the sweep of Northwestern, Wisconsin continued the Illinois road trip with a visit to Champaign Saturday night.“Illinois, probably one of the toughest environments I’ve been in, certainly the loudest environment I’ve ever been,” Sheffield said. “We came out and executed the first couple of games and got our tails kicked in game three pretty handedly. We came back and refocused in game four. We came up with what I thought was a huge win.”The Badgers faced the Fighting Illini in front of a rowdy, sold-out crowd. Despite the hostile environment, Wisconsin won the match in four sets 25-17, 25-22, 11-25 and 25-23.So how loud is Huff?? Try an ear-splitting 105 dB!! #illiniNOISE pic.twitter.com/vZm4PNdJnY— Illinois Volleyball (@IlliniVBall) October 5, 2014last_img read more