Feb 17, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Le Moyne College senior attackman Brandon Spillett (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) has been named to the Tewaaraton Award preseason watch list. Spillett, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship game, is the only Division II player on the men’s list.
“It’s a tremendous honor for Brandon and our program,” Le Moyne College head coach Dan Sheehan said. “He is listed among the top players in the country at any level.”
Spillett scored seven goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals, as Le Moyne topped Limestone 11-10 in double overtime of last season’s NCAA Division II Championship. Spillett, who was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, scored 40 goals and assisted on 25 for a team-high 65 points last season.
In 2004, Le Moyne (16-0, 10-0 Northeast-10) won its first national championship in any sport. The Dolphins have been tabbed by Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine as the preseason No.1 team in Division II.
According to its website, www.tewaaraton.com, the Tewaaraton Award Foundation, in conjunction with The University Club of Washington, DC, formally established the "Tewaaraton Trophy" on August 29, 2000. Today, the Tewaaraton Trophy is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse player in the United States. Simply, it is the lacrosse equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. With the inaugural presentation taking place at the University Club of Washington, DC in June of 2001, the Tewaaraton Trophy is now presented annually following the collegiate season at a banquet honoring the finalists and winners.
The Tewaaraton Award foundation calls its list an early season indicator of who to watch as the 2005 lacrosse season begins. This list will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of 5 women and 5 men who constitute the award's finalists.