PHILADELPHIA - The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced additions to its original Watch List in both men's and women's lacrosse, and University of Pennsylvania senior defenseman Anthony Santomo is one of just two players added on the men's side.
The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy, and is given annually to the men's and women's player deemed to be the outstanding player in the country. This year's presentations will take place May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The Tewaaraton Foundation's original Watch Lists were announced on Feb. 22, with a first round of additions named on March 14. Both lists will be narrowed to a leading group of 25 nominees at a special event on the evening of Friday, April 26, at The University Club of Washington, D.C. The five men's and five women's finalists will then be announced on Thursday, May 9; all 10 student-athletes will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony.
Santomo has enjoyed a spectacular senior season on defense, with some standout performances against some of the best attackmen in the country. He leads Penn and is 11th nationally with 19 caused turnovers (2.11 per game), and also has 18 ground balls. In addition, Santomo has scored the first two goals of his collegiate career this season, against Duke and Brown. As a team, Penn's defense is allowing just 8.0 goals per game, which is ninth nationally.
Penn is 6-3 (2-2 Ivy League) and ranked 14th in this week's USILA national coaches poll; in addition, the Quakers ranked third in the NCAA's inaugural Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), released Monday, and according to Laxpower.com they boast the No. 1 strength of schedule in NCAA Division I.
The Quakers are at Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m.