April 19, 2004
Washington, D.C. – Notre Dame senior midfielder Meredith Simon (Flemington, N.J.) has been named to the list of 20 nominees for the fourth annual Tewaaraton Award that is given annually to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players in the nation.
The award, the most coveted and prestigious award a varsity lacrosse player can receive is a symbol of excellence in college lacrosse. The list of 20 players will be cut to five finalists in early May with the Trophy to be presented on June 3, 2004 in Washington, D.C.
In receiving the honor, Simon becomes the first Notre Dame player to reach the list of 20 nominees. Last season, 2003 graduate Danielle Shearer became the first Irish player to make the award’s preseason “Watch List.”
Simon has led the Irish attack all season in helping the team to its best record ever through 11 games at 10-1 and the highest ranking (2nd) in school history. Already this season she has set career highs in goals (35), assists (15) and points (50). She currently has a 22-game point-scoring streak that dates back to March 25, 2003. During the streak, she has amassed 57 goals and 22 assists for 79 points.
For her career, she now has 98 goals and and 36 assists for 134 career points. She needs just two more goals to become just the third player in the eight-year history of the program to score 100 goals in her career. The senior American studies major is currently third all-time in goals, fourth in assists and fourth in points in her Notre Dame career.
She also is one of three BIG EAST players on the list of 20 and is joined by Georgetown’s Michi Ellers and Syracuse midfielder Leigh-Ann Zimmer.
Simon and her teammates return to action on Tuesday, April 20, when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to face the 11th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. (CDT).