Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/21/11
From Staff Reports and Press Releases
Duke University junior and Baldwin School alumna Emma Hamm is one of five female finalists for the 11th annual Tewaaraton Award, the highest honor in NCAA lacrosse.
Hamm, a midfielder, was one of 55 female lacrosse players nationwide named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and has made the final cut – a fact that comes as no surprise to her former Baldwin lacrosse coach.
“This is truly sensational news for Emma, Duke and Baldwin Athletics,” said Kathleen Simone, assistant director of athletics and Varsity lacrosse coach at The Baldwin School. “It’s exciting to think that Emma played lacrosse for the first time here at Baldwin in eighth grade; she traded in her softball glove and that was a great move for her and the lacrosse community who have enjoyed her athletic prowess on the field.
“Emma has not only continued to be a standout athlete but also a stellar student. We are immensely proud of her.”
The 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy will be awarded at a June 2 ceremony in Washington D.C.’s Warner Theatre. Fellow female finalists include Loyola senior attacker Grace Gavin, Maryland senior attacker Sarah Mollison, Maryland sophomore midfielder Katie Schwarzmann and Northwestern junior midfielder Shannon Smith.
Athletes are nominated by coaches and undergo a screening and selection process by two committees. For more information on the Tewaaraton Award, please visit http://www.tewaaratonaward.org/.
Injury forced Hamm to miss the 2010 campaign, but the Wayne native returned in 2011 to set careers highs in goals (46), assists (24), points (70) and draw controls (65), helping the Blue Devils to a 14-4 record overall record and their 14th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Duke’s leader in goals and draw controls, Hamm captured All-ACC honors for the second time in her career while ranking in the top-10 in the conference in goals, assists, caused turnovers and draw controls. An IWLCA All-America selection in 2009, Hamm has registered three or more goals in 10 contests this season and has eight games with at least five points.
A three-year starter with the Blue Devils, Hamm holds the Duke record with 171 career draw controls and is the only Blue Devil to win 50 or more draws in three consecutive seasons. In addition, she ranks seventh in the Duke record books with 64 career assists.
After defeating ninth-ranked Penn on Sunday in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils now travel today to Gainesville, Fla., to take on fourth-ranked Florida in the quarterfinals. The game begins at 3 p.m.