Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/31/19
Penn State red-shirt junior Grant Ament (Haverford School) and Princeton junior Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) were honored Thursday night as finalists in the 2019 Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Loyola senior attackman Pat Spencer received the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player. Maryland senior goalie Megan Taylor was the women’s Tewaaraton Award winner.
The five 2019 Tewaaraton Award’s men’s finalists were:
Grant Ament (Haverford School), Penn State – Jr., Attack
Jared Bernhardt, Maryland – Jr., Attack
TD Ierlan, Yale – Jr., Face Off
Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin), Princeton – Jr., Attack
Pat Spencer, Loyola – Sr., Attack
The five 2019 Tewaaraton Award’s women’s finalists were:
Sam Apuzzo, Boston College – Sr., Attack
Dempsey Arsenault, Boston College – Sr., Midfield
Jen Giles, Maryland – Sr., Midfield
Selena Lasota, Northwestern – Sr., Attack
Megan Taylor, Maryland – Sr., Goalie
Ament paced the nation’s top-scoring offense as the Nittany Lions captured the program’s first Big Ten regular season and Tournament titles, en route to the NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and a berth in the Final Four at Championship Weekend at Lincoln Financial Field. The redshirt junior from Doylestown set an NCAA Division I single-season record with 96 assists, easily surpassing UMBC’s Steve Marohl and two-time Tewaaraton winner Lyle Thompson by 19 assists. Ament finished with 30 goals and 96 assists to set school and Big Ten scoring marks (his 126 points is second all-time in D1). Ament was unanimously named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team and Big Ten All-Tournament Team. He is Penn State’s first Tewaaraton finalist.
Sowers broke his own program single-season record for the second consecutive year, leading the Tigers and the Ivy League with 53 assists and 90 points. A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection (third overall), the Dresher native passed Kevin Lowe to become Princeton’s all-time leading scorer with 255 career points, and is the first Princeton player to register 100 career goals and 100 career assists. Sowers ranks in the nation’s top five with 3.79 assists per game, 53 assists, 6.43 points per game and 90 points. He is the Tigers’ fifth finalist, and the first since Tom Schreiber in 2014.