PHILADELPHIA – The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, and two Penn players were featured in juniors Lucy Ferguson and Meg Markham.
The Watch List includes the top players from all three divisions of women’s lacrosse and is comprised of 52 women. For Ferguson and Markham, it is the first time either has been selected for consideration for the Tewaaraton Award which is presented each May to the top player in collegiate lacrosse.
There are four Ivy League players on the Watch List, Ferguson and Markham making Penn the only Ancient Eight program with multiple players on the list. Overall, 31 schools are represented on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List with Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia leading the group with three representatives each. The Quakers are one of nine schools with two representatives on the list.
Lucy Ferguson is a returning unanimous first-team All-Ivy and second team IWLCA All-Region selection. Last year, she led the Ivy League in save percentage (.471) and was second with 136 saves. Her goals-against average of 8.84 was second in the Ivy League. Ferguson had four overtime wins during the regular season and made 10 saves in the Ivy League Tournament Final to defeat Dartmouth and clinch a seventh consecutive NCAA bid for the Quakers, earning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in the process. In her one game this season, Ferguson made six saves and earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors as the Quakers defeated Delaware, 11-8.
Meg Markham was unanimous first-team All-Ivy last season and first-team IWLCA All-Region on defense for the Quakers. She led the Red and Blue field players with 31 ground balls and led all defenders with 15 caused turnovers. As the season progressed, Markham became more of a factor on the draw, finishing the campaign third on the team with 34 draw controls.
Penn (1-0) makes its first road trip of 2014 this weekend, heading to Chapel Hill to take on defending national champion, No. 1 North Carolina, on March 2 at 1 p.m.