Zach Brenneman

Irish Place Three On Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List

March 7, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame seniors Zach Brenneman (M), David Earl (M) and Kevin Ridgway (D) have been named to the 58-man watch list for the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player.

Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) has a team-high six points on four goals and two assists this season. The senior midfielder opened the 2011 campaign with a career-high five points on three goals and two assists in a 12-7 win over Duke. Brenneman was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Blue Devils.

Brenneman was tabbed as the 2011 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in addition to garnering preseason All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse. He was selected fifth overall by the Long Island Lizards in January’s Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft. Last season, he copped honorable mention All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and was the lone Irish player selected to the all-BIG EAST first team. Brenneman, who had team-high totals in goals (29) and points (42) last season, also was named to the 2010 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.


David Earl



Earl (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) has compiled three goals and one assist this season. On Sunday, he registered three points on two goals and one assist in helping the Irish top Drexel, 11-7. He also has six ground balls. Earl was named a preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse and he was a unanimous selection to the all-BIG EAST preseason team. The Hamilton Nationals selected Earl in the third round of the 2011 MLL draft.

In 2010, Earl received honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA and was a second-team all-BIG EAST pick. He tallied 22 goals, six assists and 49 ground balls during his junior campaign.


Kevin Ridgway



Ridgway (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Prep) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 28 after helping the Irish limit Penn State to just two goals in a 6-2 victory. On Sunday, Ridgway and the Notre Dame defense held Drexel scoreless for a stretch of 32:30, which spanned all of the second quarter and parts of the first and third periods, en route to the win. His preseason accolades include All-America and all-BIG EAST honors. Ridgway joined Earl as a third-round pick of the Hamilton Nationals.

Last season, Ridgway helped anchor an Irish defense that ranked second nationally by posting a 7.53 goals-against average. Ridgway copped honorable mention All-America accolades from the USILA and he also was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Additionally, he was tabbed as a second-team all-BIG EAST performer.

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 by The University Club of Washington, DC and is the pre-eminent lacrosse award, which is awarded annually to the NCAA male and female lacrosse players of the year. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. The 11th annual Tewaaraton Award event is set to recognize the Year of the Tuscarora.

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

This is the second straight season that Notre Dame has placed a program-record three student-athletes on the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list. Sam Barnes, Grant Krebs and Scott Rodgers were on the 2010 list.

The third-ranked Fighting Irish (3-0) return to action on Saturday at Denver. Opening faceoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. (MT).

Men's 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Stefan Bauer, Lafayette CollegePeter Baum, Colgate UniversityBilly Bitter, University of North CarolinaChris Bocklet, University of VirginiaJeremy Boltus, United States Military AcademySam Bradman, Salisbury State UniversityShamel Bratton, University of VirginiaZach Brenneman, University of Notre DameJay Card, Hofstra UniversityGrant Catalino, University of MarylandMatt Chadderdon, Le Moyne CollegeJake Clarke, Bucknell UniversityTom Compitello, Stony Brook UniversityCJ Costabile, Duke UniversityKevin Crowley, Stony Brook UniversityJimmy Dailey, Stevenson UniversityChris DeLuca, State University of New York CortlandJimmy Dunster, University of North CarolinaDavid Earl, University of Notre DameBarney Ehrmann, Georgetown UniversityPeter Fallon, Brown UniversityBrian Farrell, University of MarylandTyler Fiorito, Princeton UniversityRyan Flanagan, University of North CarolinaJohn Galloway, Syracuse UniversityDean Gibbons, Harvard UniversityMatt Gibson, Yale UniversityBill Henderson, United States Military AcademyDJ Hessler, Tufts UniversityDan Hostetler, Georgetown UniversityZach Howell, Duke UniversityBrett Hughes, University of PennsylvaniaBrian Karalunas, Villanova UniversityStephen Keogh, Syracuse UniversityJohn Lade, Syracuse UniversityJamie Lincoln, Hofstra UniversityMatt Mackrides, Pennsylvania State UniversityMark Manos, Drexel UniversityJoJo Marasco, Syracuse UniversityKiel Matisz, Robert Morris UniversityJack McBride, Princeton UniversityJordan McBride, Stony Brook UniversityPeter Mezzanotte, Towson UniversityRickey Mirabito, Georgetown UniversityRob Pannell, Cornell UniversityTom Perini, Lafayette CollegeAdam Rand, Stony Brook UniversityKevin Ridgway, University of Notre DameBrett Schmidt, University of MarylandSteele Stanwick, University of VirginiaCharlie Streep, Bucknell UniversityJeremy Thompson, Syracuse UniversityJustin Tuma, Roanoke CollegeJustin Turri, Duke UniversityChad Wiedmaier, Princeton UniversityKyle Wharton, Johns Hopkins UniversityJoel White, Syracuse UniversityRyan Young, University of Maryland

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