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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 27, 2006 - Penn State women's lacrosse standouts Renee Cipro (Ellicott City, Md.) and Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) have been selected for inclusion on the 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy Preseason Watch List. The 30 players that compose the list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are considered early season hopefuls for this season's award.
The Tewaaraton Award Foundation, in conjunction with The University Club of Washington, D.C., formally established the Tewaaraton Trophy on August 29, 2000. Today, the Tewaaraton Trophy is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse player in the United States. Simply, it is the lacrosse equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. With the inaugural presentation taking place at the University Club of Washington, D.C. in June of 2001, the Tewaaraton Trophy is now presented annually following the collegiate season at a banquet honoring the finalists and winners.
Cipro, a junior, anchors the Penn State defense. Renowned for her one-on-one match-up skills, Cipro is routinely called upon to shut down opponents' top scoring threat. After earning first team All-American Lacrosse Conference honors in 2005, she was recognized as a preseason first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine this year.
Lieb, a sophomore, made an immediate impact in her freshman campaign, starting all 17 games, scoring 20 goals, and leading the team in ground balls (40) and draw controls (32). One of the best athletes of the team, Inside Lacrosse tabbed Lieb a 2006 preseason second team All-American.
After opening the 2006 season with a 9-8 victory over ALC rival Vanderbilt on Sat., Feb. 25, Penn State will return to action on Thurs., March 2 when it visits in-state foe Bucknell for a 4:00 p.m. contest. The Nittany Lions will open at home in Holuba Hall on Sun., March 5 against non-conference opponent Colgate. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.