Former New Canaan players Hompe, Mannelly in running for Tewaarton Award
Published 2:18 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Two former standout girls lacrosse players from New Canaan now find themselves in a competition for one of the NCAA’s most prestigious award.
The announcement was made Friday evening during halftime of the ACC men’s lacrosse semifinal game between North Carolina and Syracuse on ESPNU.
The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.
Five finalists from their group will be selected on Thursday, May 12 with the winner being announced at a June 2 ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
This is the first nomination for Hompe and the second for Mannelly.
Already the program’s first ever Tewaaraton Award finalist following her 2015 campaign, Mannelly is in the midst of her best season to date, having recorded a career high 69 points on 36 goals and 33 assists at BC.
The two-time captain reached the 250 career point mark this season, becoming only the third player in program history to achieve that accolade.
She is currently third in both the program’s all-time points list and all-time goals list and fourth in the all-time assists and seventh all-time in draw controls, respectively.
Entering the 2016 ACC Tournament, Mannelly was first in the conference in both assists and assists per game, while her then 31 assists were the 11th most in the nation.
Hompe leads Princeton in scoring with 50 points on 40 goals and 10 assists.
She scored her 100th career goal this year and is averaging 3.57 points per game and has had three or more goals in half of the games she has played this year — highlighted by a six-goal game at Drexel.
She has notched two other six-point games this season, versus Georgetown and at Notre Dame. In addition she has picked up 14 ground balls, won 12 draw controls and caused nine turnovers.
“The Tiger lacrosse family is super excited to learn that two of our own, Ellie DeGarmo and Olivia Hompe have been recognized as Tewaaraton finalists for their outstanding performances this season,” Princeton head coach Chris Sailer said. “Ellie has anchored our team from the back, routinely making difficult saves look easy and playing with consistency and confidence, two of the trademarks of great goalies. Olivia has paced our offense with 50 points, despite drawing face guards and double teams all year long, and has scored five game-winning goals for the Tigers.”