Feb. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Kemp (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), a junior goalie on the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team, has been named to the watch list for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. He is one of 73 student-athletes up for the award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player.
The watch list features the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. The award’s selection committee is comprised of top collegiate coaches who are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award.
The committee will make additions to the list as the season progresses. In late April, the list will be narrowed to 25 nominees. In mid-May, the five finalists will be announced. The finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place May 31 at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Virginia’s Steele Stanwick received the 2011 Tewaaraton Award.
This is the most recent preseason accolade for Kemp. Last month he was selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous choice on the league’s all-preseason squad. Kemp also was named to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America third team.
Kemp earned honorable mention All-America honors last season from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). He posted an 11-3 record between the pipes 2011, which was his first season as a full-time starter. Kemp ranked second nationally in goals-against average (6.60) and fourth in save percentage (.602). He also received a second-team all-BIG EAST citation in 2011.
Kemp and the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish will open their 2012 season at home against No. 2 Duke on Saturday. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Arlotta Stadium. The game can be seen live on ESPNU/ESPN3.