ACC Tallies 10 Student-Athletes on the 2010 Women's Lacrosse Tewaaraton Candidate List

April 15, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ten Atlantic Coast Conference women’s lacrosse student-athletes were named to the 2010 Tewaaraton candidate list, as announced on Wednesday by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. Twenty-five women’s candidates were recognized as midseason candidates, while five will be named finalists, and only one will eventually earn the rights to lacrosse’s top annual accolade.

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 and is the preeminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player for her extraordinary achievements on the field. All Tewaaraton nominees are screened and selected by a committee, which is comprised of collegiate coaches.

In addition, 2010 will host the 10th annual awards ceremony and is considered the “Year of the Seneca.”

The ACC is the only conference in the nation to boast double-digit candidates for both the men’s and women’s candidate lists. In fact, the ACC owns at least six more women’s honorees than any other conference. The American Lacrosse Conference had four student-athletes named to the list, three of which were Northwestern players. That mark (3) tied Maryland and North Carolina for the most by any single school.

Four of the ACC’s six women’s lacrosse programs were represented on the 2010 Tewaaraton candidate list. In addition to the three Terrapins and three Tar Heels, Virginia and Duke had two each named to the midseason list.

Honoring the Native American heritage, the Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American history. 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.

The award will be presented on June 3rd, 2010 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. For additional information on the award or to purchase tickets please visit: www.tewaaratonaward.org.

Below are this year’s ACC representatives on the 2010 Tewaaraton Award candidate list.

ACC 2010 Tewaaraton Award Nominees
Sarah Bullard, Duke University – Junior (Midfield), Needham, MA
Kristen Carr, University of North Carolina – Senior (Midfield), Baltimore, MD
Kaitlin Duff, University of Virginia – Senior (Midfield), Bethesda, MD
Lindsay Gilbride, Duke University – Senior (Midfield), Alexandria, VA
Karri Ellen Johnson, University of Maryland – Sophomore (Attack), Annapolis, MD
Brittany Kalkstein, University of Virginia – Senior (Midfield), Baltimore, MD
Caitlin McFadden, University of Maryland – Senior (Midfield), Phoenix, MD
Logan Ripley, University of North Carolina – Senior (Goalkeeper), Earlysville, VA
Jenn Russell, University of North Carolina – Senior (Midfield), Andover, MA
Karissa Taylor, University of Maryland – Senior (Defense), Easton, MD