Schelling and Sisselberger Named to Tewaaraton Award Watch List
BETHLEHEM, PA. – As announced on Thursday, two outstanding lacrosse men from Lehigh have been added to the first watch list for the Tewaaraton Award. The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the best male and female college lacrosse players in the USA. The selection boards are made up of senior college coaches and are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Junior Tommy Schelling was put on the list for a second straight season – only the fourth player in program history to be watchlisted multiple times – while classmate Mike Sisselberger received the honor for the first time. This is the sixth time in the program’s history that the Mountain Hawks have put multiple student athletes on their watchlist in any given season.
The lists include the top players from all three divisions of NCAA Lacrosse and highlight the early candidates for the Tewaaraton Award 2021. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award.
Last year Schelling joined teammates Conor Gaffney and Andrew Pettit on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. There are now two faceoff specialists in the Mountain Hawks who have received the honor in their careers – Gaffney and now Sisselberger.
Sisselberger is one of only two Faceoff specialists who are on the first watch list. It ranks second nationwide, gaining 78.0 percent (32 out of 41). He has made the most encounters of anyone currently in the top 5 nationwide, while his 10.0 groundballs per game is good for fourth place in the country. Most recently, Sisselberger won 16 of 19 encounters in Saturday’s big 10: 6 win against Loyola, with most of his encounters going against the third All-American team Baily Savio from 2020 (Savio was only 1:12 against Sisselberger in the afternoon ). . At the start, Sisselberger won 16 of 22 matches against NJIT. He has also scored a goal in both games so far, collecting 10 groundballs in each competition.
In the meantime, Schelling has started exactly where he left off last season and is currently leading the Mountain Hawks with points (12) and assists (8). His 6.0 points per game are ranked 11th nationwide. In the opener against NJIT Schelling scored seven points (two goals, five assists), although he only played the first half. In the big win against the Greyhounds last Saturday, he scored five points. Since last season, Schelling has scored five or more points in five of the last 10 games and at least three points in all ten competitions.
On Monday, the Mountain Hawks jumped 11th in all major national polls. With 2-0 in the season, Lehigh will be back in action when he travels to Bucknell on Sunday to face the bison. The game time is set to 12 o’clock
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