Nielsen Wins Second Straight Tewaaraton Trophy; Seibald Takes Men's Award
May 29, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Max Seibald has been named the winner of the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy, the premier award in collegiate lacrosse. He becomes Cornell's first recipient of the award and just the third player in the Tewaaraton's nine-year history to win the trophy despite not winning a national championship (Matt Danowski, Duke, 2007; Doug Shanahan, Hofstra, 2001).
"Winning the Tewaaraton Trophy is an absolute honor, and it tops off the best four years of my life as a member of the Cornell lacrosse team," said Seibald. "It is a gratifying feeling to work so hard to reach a goal, and then accomplish it, and winning this today is so amazing because I have worked so hard everyday to be the best player I could be. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for pushing me and making me the player I am, and setting me up for success. It has been an unbelievable ride, and although it is no national championship trophy, to me this is the next best thing."
In addition to the Tewaaraton, Seibald was named the winner of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship, presented by CSTV in recognition of his oustanding commitment to community service. The award was presented to Seibald and a $5,000 donation will be made in his name to the Dream Factory of Central New York.
The awards are the latest in a long list for Seibald, who was recently named the winner of both the USILA Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, for the Outstanding DI Player of the Year, as well as the USILA Lt. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award, for the Outstanding Midfielder of the Year. He was also selected as the Lowe's Senior Class Award winner for his achievements in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field.
"After having coached against the four candidates other than Max, I know that it was an honor for Max to be selected as a finalist for this year's Tewaaraton Trophy," said Cornell head coach Jeff Tambroni. "Our staff could not be more proud of the career Max has had. To end his time at Cornell as the recipient of this prestigious award is a very fitting ending to a terrific career. We are all very proud of Max and would certainly like to congratulate him and his family for all that they have done and meant to the Cornell lacrosse family."
One of the recent greats in a tradition-rich lacrosse program, Seibald became one of just three Cornell players to earn All-American honors four times during their career when the teams were announced last week. A two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, he has been named first-team All-American for the past three seasons, after earning a second-team selection as a freshman. Seibald is also the only men's lacrosse player in the history of the Ivy League to be named a four-team first-team All-Ivy selection. He has racked up 141 career points, the most ever by a Big Red midfielder, and has proven to be one of the most consistent players in the country, having registered at least one point in 59 of his 62 career games. Seibald capped his senior season by ranking second on the team with 28 goals and third overall with 38 points. He also had 46 ground balls to his credit and won 19-of-40 face-offs (.475) on the year.