PHILADELPHIA - Ali DeLuca is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's highest honor and her wait for the result will end Thursday as the award will be presented in Washington, D.C.
The Tewaaraton Award was established in 2000 by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) and is "recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for the extraordinary achievements on the field," according to the GWSA.
Extraordinary is a great way to describe DeLuca's career at Penn. Entering the NCAA Tournament, DeLuca has 202 points, second-most by a Penn player in program history. Earlier this season, she scored her 130th career goal, eclipsing the school record of 129. Currently, DeLuca has 140 career goals, reaching the 40-goal plateau for the second time in her career this season. Her 62 career assists are third all-time at Penn.
In 2010, DeLuca was named unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year after leading the Quakers in goals (40), assists (25) and points (65). She also paced the Quakers with 34 draw controls while adding 26 ground balls and causing 18 turnovers. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy performer and an all-tournament selection at the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, DeLuca currently had the third-highest single-season point output by a Quaker, with her 65 points the most by a Penn player since 1982.
"We are all really excited for Ali," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "She has worked really hard over her career to be the best player she could be and help make this team what it is today. I also want to thank the selection committee for recognizing all that Ali has done for the program and honoring her in this way."
DeLuca is one of five senior midfielders selected as finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. Joining her in Washington, D.C. for the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on June 3 will be Northwestern's Katrina Dowd, Virginia's Brittany Kalkstein, Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden and North Carolina's Jenn Russell. The finalists came from an original pool of 54 players on the Tewaaraton Watch List - a group that included Penn's Courtney Lubbe, Emma Spiro and Emily Szelest. That group was narrowed to 20 official nominees by a committee of coaches throughout all divisions of college lacrosse, and ultimately down to the five finalists.
The award will be presented at the 10th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on June 3. This will mark the third year the Award has been presented at the museum which hosts an exhibit on the Native American roots and history of lacrosse.