Maryland men’s lacrosse junior Jared Bernhardt and women’s lacrosse seniors Jen Giles and Megan Taylor were named finalists for the Tewaaraton Award on Thursday.
Bernhardt is joined on the men’s side by Penn State’s Grant Ament, Loyola’s Pat Spencer, Yale’s TD Ierlan and Princeton’s Michael Sowers. Like Maryland, Boston College also had two finalists on the women’s side, with reigning recipient Sam Apuzzo making the list alongside team captain Dempsey Arsenault, while Northwestern’s Selena Lasota rounded out the list.
Maryland has claimed eight out of 18 awards given on the women’s side, including a streak of six in a row from 2012-17 that was broken by Apuzzo last season. The last repeat recipient was Maryland’s Taylor Cummings, who won the award three straight times from 2014-16. The men’s team has only won the award once, as Matt Rambo took home the honor in 2017.
Bernhardt is a 2019 First Team All-Big Ten selection who leads Maryland with 45 goals and is second on the team with 70 points this season. He becomes the fourth Terrapin to be named a finalist, following Connor Kelly in 2018, Rambo in 2017 and Joe Walters in 2006.
Giles has filled up the stat sheet in 2019, recording 50 goals, 22 assists, 31 ground balls and a 50 percent conversion rate on free-position shots. Even though she hit a downturn in the Big Ten tournament, a solid NCAA Tournament showing will give her a clear chance at winning this award.
Taylor leads the nation in save percentage at 58 percent, and dominated the Big Ten by winning six consecutive Defensive Player of the Week awards earlier this season. She had a more up-and-down finish to the season, but still found her way onto this list of finalists. No goalkeeper has won this award since its inception in 2001, but Taylor makes a compelling case to be the first.
The Tewaaraton Award ceremony will be held May 30, 2019, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.