PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) is one of 15 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top college lacrosse player in America.
In early May, the selection committee will choose five finalists, with the winner announced on June 3 in Washington, DC. The event will take place at the National Geographic Society Auditorium and broadcast by College Sports Television (CSTV).
Havalchak currently leads the ECAC in goals-against average (6.77), save percentage (.662) and saves (132). Nationally, he is fourth in goals against average and second in save percentage.
Although he is just a sophomore, Havalchak has started all 26 games in his career with 333 saves, a 7.20 goals-against average and .644 save percentage. This year, he opened the season with a career-high 22-save performance against Dartmouth, and added 21 saves – 10 in the fourth quarter – to preserve a 14-10 win over fourth-ranked Syracuse on April 17.
The reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Havalchak was tabbed as the nation’s top freshman last year by Inside Lacrosse magazine. This season, he has been named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Rutgers, currently ranked 10th nationally in the latest USILA poll, hosts fifth-ranked Georgetown on Saturday, May 1, at Yurcak Field. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the Scarlet Knights will honor their seven seniors.