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Penn's Brennan Included in Updated 2011 Tewaaraton Watch List

Complete Greater Washington Sports Alliance Release & Watch List

Portions courtesy Greater Washington Sports Alliance and Penn Athletic Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Penn junior attacker Erin Brennan is listed among 24 females on the updated watch list for the 2011 Tewaaraton award, announced Monday by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

A watch list which began with over 100 names has been whittled down to 25 males and 24 females. This year’s nominees represent 23 different schools and some of the country’s top lacrosse programs. Five male and five female finalists will be selected from the nominees. Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony in June where a male and a female winner will be honored.

Six Ivies were included in the original list including Brennan and teammate Giulia Giordano, Dartmouth's Kat Collins and Greta Meyer, Cornell's Jessi Steinberg and Princeton's Erin Tochihara.

Brennan has scored 36 points for the Quakers this season, sitting atop Penn's scoring list in goals (26) and assists (10). Already, the Garden City, N.Y., native sits seventh all-time in scoring by a Penn player with 138 points. Her 85 career goals are 10th all-time by a Quaker and her 53 assists are fifth-most.

She leads the team in multi-point games with 11 and is currently in the midst of a 21-game scoring streak which dates back to April 4, 2010. In total, Brennan has scored at least one point in 47 of 48 games during her two-plus seasons for the Red and Blue.

Brennan will look to become Penn's second-consecutive Tewaaraton Finalist, the first coming in 2010 when Ali DeLuca was chosen as one the five finalists. Of the 24 nominees, nine have already lines up opposite Brennan for teams Penn has played this season. Another three players on the list play for Duke, a team Penn will play on April 29. The 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner will be a first-time finalist as all five finalists from 2010 have graduated.

The Quakers are back home on April 20 against No. 12 Princeton at 7 p.m. on Senior Day with Penn looking to clinch a share of its fifth Ivy title in a row.

“In now its 11th year, the Tewaaraton Award continues to establish itself as the pre-eminent collegiate lacrosse honor,” said Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “This year’s field is one of the best yet, and our selection committees have done a tremendous job sorting through the brightest talent in the college lacrosse world. We are looking forward to another exciting finish to the lacrosse season and seeing what the nation’s best players have to offer.”

The 11th annual Tewaaraton Award will be presented on June 2, 2011 at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Event details and ticket information can be found at www.TewaaratonAward.org. Fans can also follow the Tewaaraton Award on Facebook for daily updates and news.

Official Women’s 2011 Tewaaraton Nominees

Casey Ancarrow, James Madison University – Sophomore (Attack), Jarrettsville, Md.
Erin Brennan, University of Pennsylvania – Junior (Attack), Garden City, N.Y.
Ally Carey, Vanderbilt University – Junior (Midfield), Bel Air, Md.
Kitty Cullen, University of Florida – Sophomore (Midfield), Rockville, Md.
Brittany Dipper, University of Maryland – Junior (Goalkeeper), Clarksboro, N.J.
Corey Donohoe, University of North Carolina – Senior (Attack), Jarrettsville, Md.
Liz Downs, University of Virginia – Senior (Defense), Alexandria, Va.
Leslie Foard, Stanford University – Senior (Midfield), Cincinnati, Ohio
Taylor Frink, University of Albany – Senior (Attack), Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Grace Gavin, Loyola University, Maryland – Senior (Attack), Baltimore, Md.
Grace Golden, William and Mary – Senior (Midfield), Manhasset, N.Y.
Emma Hamm, Duke University – Junior (Midfield), Wayne, Pa.
Mia Hurrin, University of North Carolina – Senior (Defense), Alexandria, Va.
Karri Ellen Johnson, University of Maryland – Junior (Attack), Annapolis, Md.
Sarah Jonson, William and Mary – Senior (Defense), Dallas, Texas
Christie Kaestner, Duke University – Senior (Attack), Trappe, Md.
Sarah Mollison, University of Maryland – Senior (Attack), Melbourne, Australia
Lauren Schmidt, Stanford University – Senior (Midfield), Bay Shore, N.Y.
Katie Schwarzmann, University of Maryland – Sophomore (Midfield), Sykesville, Md.
Shannon Smith, Northwestern University – Junior (Midfield), West Babylon, N.Y.
Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola University, Maryland – Junior (Goalkeeper), Blue Point, N.Y.
Kat Thomas, Duke University – Junior (Midfield), Latham, N.Y.
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern University – Sophomore (Defense), Dallas, Texas
Laura Zimmerman, University of North Carolina – Junior (Midfield), Syracuse, N.Y.