NEW YORK CITY – For the second-consecutive year, a student-athlete from the No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team has landed a spot on the prestigious Tewaaraton watch list. This season, senior midfielder Bethany Baer has earned that honor, the organization announced Thursday night.
Baer is one of just three Division III players selected to either of the 50-player watch lists, being joined by Middlebury College junior midfielder Laurel Pascal on the women's list while Tufts University senior attackman Cole Bailey is the lone Division III student-athlete on the men's list.
Last year, goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley was named to the watch list.
Baer has put together quite a resume for the Sea Gulls in her past three seasons, including being named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association in 2013 and 2014. She's been named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team twice, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player last year.
Prior to the 2015 season, she received two other honors, being named a preseason All-American and preseason Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine.
In just one game in 2015, Baer has already lived up to her billing as one of the top players in the nation, having scored four times, on 10 shots, in a 10-9, double-overtime win against No. 18 Stevenson University on Tuesday, February 24, including the game-tying goal with 53 seconds left in regulation to send the game to the extra time.
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. The Award symbolizes lacrosse's centuries-old roots in Native American heritage and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.
On April 23, the field will be narrowed to 25 men's and 25 women's nominees. Five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 7 and invited to the ceremony. The Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2015, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
To see the entire Tewaaraton watch lists, for both men and women, click here.