Feb 22, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Maryland Terrapins midfielder Mike Chanenchuk (1) shoots the ball past Syracuse Orange midfielder Jordan Evans (22) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. Maryland won the game 16-8. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Just before the Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team took the field against Notre Dame, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2014 Tewaaraton Award nominees. 28 men were selected from some of the top teams in the country and could win the prestigious award.
Two Terps appeared on the list with midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and goalie Niko Amato being named as finalists. The five men’s and women’s finalists will be announced on May 8.
Chanenchuk was among of the top midfielders in the nation as he totaled 44 points (28 goals & 16 assists) and scooped up 23 ground balls. On the other hand, Amato posted a 10-1 record with a 7.38 goals-against-average during the regular season. His goals-against-average was fifth in the NCAA and the Philadelphia native had a .571 save percentage.
Other top nominees around college lacrosse include Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber, Albany attackman Lyle Thompson, and Duke attackman Jordan Wolf.
It’s certainly an uphill battle for these two to take home the honor, but Chanenchuk has a decent chance to be one of the final five. These Princeton transfer has been the fearless leader all season and a deep run could definitely catapult him into the conversation.