May 7, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Matt Kavanagh, one of the top goal scorers in the history of the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program, has been named a finalist for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour. The announcement was made today by the Tewaaraton Foundation.
A two-time All-American, Kavanagh is joined on the finalist list by University of Denver attackman Wesley Berg, Duke University midfielder Myles Jones, Syracuse attackman Kevin Rice and University of Albany attackman Lyle Thompson.
The Tewaaraton Award annually recognizes the top male and female lacrosse player in the United States. The finalists came from a pool of 25 nominees. The selection committee is comprised of 15 men’s current and former college coaches.
On the women’s side, Irish defender Barbara Sullivan also was named a finalist. Notre Dame and Syracuse were the only two schools to have both a male and female finalist.
Kavanagh has helped lead Notre Dame (10-2) for the first time in school history to a top seed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown with a perfect 4-0 mark. A year ago, the Irish advanced to the NCAA title game before dropping an 11-9 decision to Duke. Kavanagh and his teammates open up play on Saturday against Towson in first-round action at 5 p.m. (ET). Notre Dame is making a program-best 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and 20th overall.
One of six players in Fighting Irish history to score 100-plus goals, the Rockville Centre, New York native has started 45 of 46 career outings. A versatile offensive player, he ranks fifth in career scoring with 173 points, scoring 100 goals and dishing off 73 assists. On the career goals scored and assists lists, Kavanagh stands sixth and fifth, respectively.
In 2015, he tops the Irish in scoring for the second straight season with 26 goals and a team-leading 24 assists for 50 points. Kavanagh also has registered five hat tricks, second most on the team. He scored a season-high four goals against Denver, North Carolina and Army. Kavanagh has recorded 30 multiple-goal games during his career and scored three or more goals 17 times.
The two-time all-ACC honoree has registered three or more points in 10 of 12 games this season. Kavanagh ranks 18th nationally in both assists (2.00) and points (4.17) per game. He has notched six or more points in three games and in 11 contests during his career. Kavanagh’s 3.76 goals-per-game average is fifth among active Division I players.
As a sophomore in 2014, Kavanagh produced Notre Dame singles-season record for points (75) and assists (33). His 42 goals last season were the most for an Irish player since Randy Colley netted a school-record 49 in 1995. Kavanagh also became the only player in program history to register 30 goals and 30 assists in the same when he netted 42 goals and dished off 33 assists). He also matched a school record with seven goals last year in the win over Ohio State.
The 15th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 28 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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