March 9, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse players Shaylyn Blaney (Jr., Stony Brook, N.Y.) and senior Gina Scioscia (Summit, N.J.) are among a group of 52 women’s lacrosse players to be named to the Tewaaraton Trophy “Watch List” for the 2010 season. The award is presented 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 Trophy will be presented on June 3, 2010 at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
For Blaney, this is the second time that she has been named to the Watch List (2009) while Scioscia has received recognition for the first time in her career.
After three games this season, Blaney, who patrols the midfield for the Irish, is tied for the team lead in goals with eight and is third in scoring with eight points. For her career, she is eighth on the all-time goals list with 95 and 10th all-time in points with 107. Blaney came into the 2010 season as a preseason all-BIG EAST selection after being a first team all-BIG EAST choice in 2009. She also was a 2009 IWLCA second team all-American after helping Notre Dame to its first BIG EAST title and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Scioscia enters the week fourth on the team in scoring after three games with six goals and one assist for seven points. The talented attack standout was a preseason all-BIG EAST selection and the preseason offensive player of the year. For her career, Scioscia has 83 goals and 83 assists for 166 career points. She currently has a 22-game point streak that started last season that has seen her score 55 goals with 41 assists for 96 points. The Summit, N.J., native is coming off a 2009 season that saw her set personal bests with 53 goals and 43 assists for 96 points. A second team all-BIG EAST selection, she took second team IWLCA All-American honors.
Scioscia is currently third among active Division I players in assists (83) and 16th in points with 166 while her 22-game point streak ranks 19th among active streaks.
Blaney and Scioscia are among eight BIG EAST players named to the Watch List. They are joined by Syracuse players Christina Dove and Liz Hogan; Georgetown’s Molly Ford, Ashby Kaestner and Jordy Kirr and Louisville’s Bergman Foley.
The Irish duo will next be in action when Notre Dame, currently 2-1 on the year and ranked 11th in the IWLCA coaches’ poll, travel to Berkeley, Calif., to fact the University of California Golden Bears on Saturday, March 13 in a 12:00 noon (PT) game.