Duke junior midfielder Myles Jones was named on Thursday as one of five finalists for the 2015 men’s Tewaaraton Award. He was the only midfielder selected as a finalist, and one of only two underclassmen.
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The Tewaaraton, like the Heisman Trophy in football and the Wooden Award in basketball, is intended to honor the outstanding player of the year, regardless of class or team record. The 2014 co-winners on the men’s side were Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson, while Taylor Cummings of Maryland took home the women’s trophy. Two Duke men’s players—Matt Danowski in 2007 and Ned Crotty in 2010—have previously won the award.
Jones is the nation’s top-scoring midfielder heading into the NCAA tournament, with 75 points (39g, 36a). Myles has already broken the Duke single-season records for points and assists (previously held by Deemer Class and Jim Gonella, respectively), and needs two goals to break the single-season goal-scoring record currently held by Rob Rotanz. He is the unquestioned leader of the Duke offense, and a prohibitive favorite for the 2015 MacLaughlin Award, presented by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association to the nation’s top midfielder.
The other men’s finalists are senior attackman Wesley Berg of Denver, junior attackman Matt Kavanaugh of Notre Dame, senior attackman Kevin Rice of Syracuse, and the co-holder, senior attackman Lyle Thompson of Albany.
The award will be presented May 28 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.