Firstie defender Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was voted a prestigious Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist, announced by the committee on Thursday. Surdick is one of the 25 nominees up for the award across all three divisions. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation.

Founded at the University Club of Washington, DC and first presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse's centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit

The senior defender ranks atop the Patriot League and nation in caused turnovers per game (2.31) all while guarding the opponent's top offensive weapon. Throughout his career, Surdick has amassed 165 ground balls and 97 caused turnovers in just 57 games played. Read more.

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