JMU's Sdanowich named Tewaaraton nominee, selected in WPLL Spring Draft

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison senior defender Caroline Sdanowich was named a nominee for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award and selected in the WPLL Spring Draft Thursday.

Sdanowich recognized a nominee for Tewaaraton Award
Sdanowich was recognized amongst the top 25 players in the country, as she was named a nominee for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award.

The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.

The selection committee will select five women’s and five men’s finalists on Thursday, May 9 whp will be invited to the 19th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which takes place on Thursday, May 30 in Washington, D.C.

Sdanowich anchors a JMU defense that ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense (9.06). Through the regular season, she is fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association and 25th in Division I in caused turnovers (1.82). She also ranks sixth in the league in draw controls (3.71) and ninth in ground balls (2.18). Sdanowich is the lone CAA player to rank in the top 10 of all three hustle-stat categories.

She is also the only CAA athlete to make the top-25 list and marks the second straight year JMU has produced a Tewaaraton nominee. Last season, Kristen Gaudian and Haley Warden were both nominees before Gaudian became the program’s third finalist in school history.

Sdanowich selected in WPLL Spring Draft
Sdanowich will continue her lacrosse career after college, as she was selected by the WPLL Brave in the fourth round of the 2019 Women’s Professional Lacrosse League Spring Draft on Thursday night.

Sdanowich was the fourth pick in round four and the 19th overall selection in the 25-person draft. She becomes the first JMU defender in program history to be drafted into the WPLL.

A Tewaaraton Award nominee, Sdanowich anchors JMU’s defense, which ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense (9.06). In 17 starts this year, she is fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association and 25th in Division I in caused turnovers (1.82). She also ranks sixth in the league in draw controls (3.71) and ninth in ground balls (2.18). Sdanowich is the lone CAA player to rank in the top 10 of all three hustle-stat categories.

She ranks fourth all-time at JMU with 95 career caused turnovers and is tied for 14th with 115 career ground balls. She earned CAA Defensive Player of the Week once this season and was the conference’s only athlete to be named to the ILWomen Division I Midseason All-America Team, earning first team accolades.

Sdanowich joins former college teammate Kristen Gaudian (’18) on the Brave, and she’s the fifth JMU player to join a WPLL team. The trio of Katie Kerrigan (’18), Elena Romesburg (’18) and Haley Warden (’18) play for the WPLL Pride.