Created: 05/08/2014 6:51 PM WNYT.com
By: Syracuse Athletics
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Syracuse senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore Kayla Treanor are finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, which annually honors the top female and male college lacrosse player in the nation. The five women's and men's finalists were announced on Thursday, May 8 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. It marks the first time Syracuse has had two finalists for the award in the same year in program history.
"We're excited and thrilled that two members of our team have been honored by the Tewaaraton Committee," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "These two exemplify what it means to be a team player. We focus on team success and these two players can't do it by themselves so we all share in their success."
Murray is a Tewaaraton Award finalist for the second consecutive year to become Syracuse's first player to be among the top five twice in her career. She earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) First Team honors this season and was named to the ACC All-Tournament team. Murray ranks fifth in the nation in points (88), 10th in points per game (4.40) and 12th in assists (37). She ranks second on Syracuse's all-time scoring list with 340 points and is just the second player in school history to record 300 points, 200 goals and 100 assists in her career.
Treanor continues to lead the nation in scoring (102 points) and is second in goals (70) and third in points per game (5.10). She is the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Conference selection. Treanor scored four or more goals in nine games this season, including a career-high seven in the Orange's upset of then No. 1-ranked North Carolina. Last season she became the first player in program history to earn first-team All-America honors as a freshman.
The other three finalists for the women's award are Taylor Cummings and Megan Douty from Maryland and Shannon Gilroy from Florida. The five finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 29 in Washington, D.C.
Murray, Treanor and the Orange begin play in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on either Stony Brook or Towson in the second round on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium. Tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 18 and under and students from the participating institutions with a valid ID.