Morris Named Tewaaraton Finalist For Second Year In Row
May 16, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior captain Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) has been named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy for the second year in a row. Morris is one of five players on the short list for the award given to college's lacrosse's top player. Morris has already been named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
The four others on the list are Kyle Dixon and Matt Ward of Virginia along with Chris Unterstein of Hofstra and Joe Walters of Maryland.
Morris will take on Unterstein and his Pride this Saturday, May 20 in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Stony Brook. UMass is seeking its first-ever berth in the NCAA Semifinals in its 17th NCAA appearance. The game faces off at Noon and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
All-American, 2006 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist Morris has continued his great play as a senior captain. Morris was leading the nation in points per game, points, assists per game and assists from February until the last week of April.
He is currently fourth in scoring per game (4.2 points per game) on 28 goals and 35 assists (2.33 per game) totalling 63 points (fourth-best in the nation).
Morris had at least three points in the first seven games of the season; three or more in 13 of 15 games and five points or more in six games. The only games he had fewer than three points came at Penn State on April 1 and at Syracuse on April 29, when he scored two goals. Morris has a team-high 37-game point scoring streak dating to April 9, 2004. He has scored goals in 32 straight games dating to the 2004 finale against Rutgers on May 8. Morris has 34 career multi-goal games and 42 career multi-point games. He posted his 11th career hat trick in the 2006 opener against Hofstra (Feb. 26) and added his second this season (12th of his career) at No. 7 Georgetown (April 22) before a national-TV audience on ESPNU.
In the NCAA First Round at Cornell, Morris had two goals -- both on roll dodges around the net -- and three assists to lift the Minutemen past the Big Red.
Morris' third hat trick of the year and 13th of his career came on Senior Day in his final game at Garber Field vs. Rutgers on May 6. Morris' second goal of the game will go down as one of the best of the season in all of lacrosse. His behind-the-back, no-look cutting goal was the No. 7 Play of the Week on ESPN SportsCenter for the week ending May 7 in all of sports.
Morris was also named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his big game vs. Rutgers -- the school he began his college career at in 2001.
Morris was featured in the April 24 edition of Sports Illustrated as part of "Faces In The Crowd."
Morris has had a hand in 39 percent of the Minutemen's goals this season, scoring or assisting 63 of UMass' 160 goals this season.
The Preseason ECAC Offensive Player of the Year now has 178 career points in his senior season to rank eighth all-time at UMass. With his four points vs. Rutgers on Senior Day, he passed Brooks Sweet (172 in 1978-79) and Brendan Glass (170 in 1994-97). With his four points at Georgetown, he passed the original Garber Gorilla Kevin O'Connor (163 in 1967-69).
With his three points against Hobart on April 15, Morris passed Chris Corin (158) and Kevin Leveille (159). He moved passed Charles Hardy (148) and Tom Malone (147) in the win over Loyola on March 25. He also went by fellow All-American attacker Jeff Zywicki on the list with 146 points from 2001-05 in the Sacred Heart game on March 21. Morris cracked the Sweet 16 of UMass' all-time leading scorers with his six-point game vs. Albany. Against the Great Danes, he passed Norm Smith who had 140 points from 1976-79.
Morris is now eighth all-time at UMass in career assists with 85, passing Fred Menna (78) in the Hobart game. Next is Mike Valente (86). He passed Tom Malone (72) in the Loyola game as well. Against Sacred Heart, he went by Chris Corin and Kevin O'Connor with 71. In the Albany games, he passed the trio of Norm Smith, Brooks Sweet and Gene Tundo, all of whom had 66. He passed and Peter Connolly, who had 60 in his career from 1972-75, in the Harvard game. Morris, went by Mark Millon (58) in the win at Yale when he had four helpers.
With 93 career goals, Morris ranks 12th all-time at UMass in tallies. With his two goals at Cornell, he passed Kevin O'Connor (92 in 1967-69) and Frank Garahan (91 in 1973-75). With his three goals vs. Rutgers, he moved past Tom Carmean (88 in 1985-87) and Rich Kunkel (89 in 1998-2001). Next on the list at No. 12 is Kevin O'Connor with 92.
He was named to the Brine National Player of the Week on the Toyota Lacrosse Weekly Show after week one on Feb. 27. He he tied his career-high eight points against Hofstra in the season opener on three goals and five assists, having a hand in eight of the 11 goals. His eight points in a game were the most by a player in a game this season until late March. Similiarly his five assists were the most by anyone this year until late March as well.