Leveille Is Tewaaraton Award Candidate
March 5, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts senior midfielder Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) was one of 16 players selected today as a candidate for the third annual Tewaaraton Award, the most coveted and prestigious award a varsity lacrosse player can receive and a symbol of excellence in college lacrosse.
"Kevin is more than worthy of being nominated for the Tewaaraton Award," UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "The Tewaaraton Award not only represents the nation's best college lacrosse player, but it also is given to a person with great character. Not only is Kevin a great player, but he's a tremendous person, one of the best we've ever had in the program."
The Tewaaraton Trophy is presented annually following the collegiate season to the top male and female varsity collegiate lacrosse players in the United States. Scholarship money is given to the recipient's college or university general scholarship fund. The Foundation committee honors Native American heritage with the name "Tewaaraton," the name the Mohawk nation gave to their game and the progenitor of present-day lacrosse, and has received approval from the Mohawk Council of Elders.
The 2003 preseason ECAC Player of the Year, Leveille had a career-day in last Saturday's 17-7 win over Stony Brook. He led the Minutemen with a career-best 10 points on career highs of seven goals and three assists. He had six points by halftime (5 g, 1 a) and added two goals and an assist in the third and an assist in the fourth for 10 points.
Leveille became the first UMass player since Jim McAleavey scored 11 points in a win over Boston College in 1990 to reach double-figures in a single game. He now has 120 career points, just 14 points out of the UMass career top 15, and 80 career goals, which is just four shy of the UMass top 15. So far on the season, Leveille leads the Minutemen with 12 points (9 g, 3 a).
Leveille will lead the No. 7 Minutemen into Saturday's ECAC opener against No. 9 Navy. Face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Garber Field.
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