CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – On the same day he was tabbed an All-ACC selection, Virginia attackman Connor Shellenberger (Charlottesville, Va.) was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, the Foundation announced on Thursday (May 12).

Shellenberger’s recognition as a finalist marks the 11th instance in program history. Steele Stanwick, who became the third player in program history to win the award in 2011, was Virginia’s most recent top-5 finalist in 2012.

In addition to Shellenberger, Chris Gray (North Carolina), Logan Wisnauskas (Maryland), Brendan Nichtern (Army West Point) and Sam Handley (Penn) were also named finalist for the nation’s most-outstanding-player award.

The Tewaaraton recipients will be chosen at the conclusion of the 2022 college lacrosse season by selection committees comprised of premier college coaches who are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation.

Up next, Shellenberger and the Cavaliers (11-3) return to action on Saturday (May 14), when it travels to eighth-seeded Brown (10-5) for the First Round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Shellenberger in 2022

  • Tewaaraton Award finalist (May 12)
  • All-ACC selection (May 12)
  • USA Lacrosse Magazine Third Team All-American (May 10)
  • Tewaaraton Award nominee (April 21)
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Week (March 15)
  • Posted a career-high eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in Virginia’s 20-11 win over then No. 14/15 Johns Hopkins (March 5)
  • Tied his then-career high in points (3 goals, 4 assists) in Virginia’s 20-11 win over then-No. 9 Syracuse (Feb. 26)
  • Posted his second straight game with five assists – his career high – in UVA’s win over High Point (Feb. 13)
  • Tied his career high in both points (7) and assists (5) in UVA’s season-opening win over Air Force (Feb. 5)
  • Tewaaraton Award Watch List selection
  • Preseason All-ACC selection
  • Inside Lacrosse Preseason Tewaaraton Top 10 Watch List
  • Inside Lacrosse First Team Preseason All-American
  • USILA First Team Preseason All-American
  • USA Lacrosse Magazine First Team Preseason All-American