March 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore attackman Tre Leclaire and senior defenseman Ben Randall have been named to the 2018 Tewaaraton Award watch list, released tonight by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlights the early contenders for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award.
Leclaire, from Surrey, British Columbia, currently leads Ohio State in scoring with 15 points on 11 goals and four assists. He has at least two goals in all four contests thus far and last week scored the final three goals of the game in a 12-11 come-from-behind overtime victory at Jacksonville.
In his 25-game career, Leclaire already has 60 goals and 20 assists for 80 points with 18 multi-point games. He’s scored at least one goal in 11 straight games dating back to last season. The 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, he set an Ohio State freshman record with 49 goals on his way to earning third team All-America honors.
Randall, a first-team All-American last year as a junior, has started all 25 games over the last two years at close defense with 56 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. With his help, this year’s defensive unit is allowing 8.25 goals per game, which ranks No. 15 nationally. Randall has contributed six ground balls and a caused turnover thus far.
A native of Cincinnati, Randall was the fourth defenseman in program history to earn a spot on the USILA All-America teams. He also earned All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors in 2017.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot alongside these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, where the winners will be announced.