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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick was selected from a watch list of over 100 of the country’s top lacrosse players and is one of five finalists announced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance for the heralded Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top male collegiate lacrosse player.

Stanwick ranks No. 5 nationally with 2.0 assists per game and No. 8 nationally with 3.77 points per game. The Baltimore, Md., native has also won two games in overtime (Stony Brook and North Carolina) with goals and in April was named th ACC Player of the Year. Stanwick is the lone ACC player named to the list of finalists. Other finalists are Army’s Jeremy Boltus, Cornell’s Rob Pannell and from Syracuse, John Galloway and Joel White.

Virginia and Syracuse are the only schools to have two different players win the Tewaaraton Trophy. Matt Ward won the award after leading Virginia to an undefeated national championship four years ago, while midfielder Chris Rotelli won it as a senior in 2003 after leading the Cavaliers to the national championship.

“In now its 11th year, the Tewaaraton Award continues to establish itself as the pre-eminent collegiate lacrosse honor,” said Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “This year’s field is one of the best yet, and our selection committees have done a tremendous job sorting through the brightest talent in the college lacrosse world. We are looking forward to another exciting finish to the lacrosse season and seeing what the nation’s best players have to offer.”

The 11th annual Tewaaraton Award will be presented on June 2, 2011 at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Event details and ticket information can be found at

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