WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marist men's lacrosse senior attack man Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) has been named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List as announced by the award's selection committee on Friday. It is the second consecutive year that Rice has been selected to the prestigious list.
The Red Foxes' returning leading overall scorer from 2012, Rice scored 17 goals, tying for second on the team, and recorded a team-high 26 assists for 43 points while finishing sixth in the MAAC with 3.07 points per game. He currently sits eighth all-time at Marist in points (150) and assists (70) and is also tied for ninth in career goals (79). Amongst active players, Rice is fifth with his 70 career assists.
Rice has been the recipient of multiple accolades ever since he put on a Marist uniform. Besides being named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last season, Rice was also named a Preseason All-American. He finished the season by being selected to the All-MAAC Second Team. He was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year and to the All-MAAC Second Team after the 2010 season and followed that up with First Team and All-Tournament Team selections in 2011. He has been named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week six times in his career, as well as Rook of the Week twice in his freshman campaign.
He has already started this year off with a bang, scoring three goals and adding two assists in Marist's season-opening win over Stony Brook - the defending America East Champions. He was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse's centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: The Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and the Tuscarora. To honor the heritage of the sport, the Award presents two annual ascholarships to students of American-Indian decent. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.
There are 92 players on this season's watch list, which includes the top players from across all three divisions of men's lacrosse. In April, the list will be narrowed to 25 players, who will earn the distinction of Tewaaraton Nominees, before the five finalists will be chosen in mid-May. The winner will be announced at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 30, at the Smithsonian Institute's Nation Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.
Marist (1-0) returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 when Sacred Heart visits Tenney Stadium for a 1 p.m. contest.