PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2018 Tewaaraton Award watch list. The watch list was revealed on Thursday, March 1 at The Ainsworth in New York, N.Y. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award.
Providence College goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) is one of 50 players on the watch list. The Tewaaraton Award, established in 2001, is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. The 18th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held on May 31, 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Boyce, who entered the 2018 campaign as a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and NEILA Division I Preseason First Team honoree has recorded a 3-1 record in goal for the Friars, through the early portion of the schedule. In 243 minutes of action, he owns a 7.15 goals against average and a 0.516 save percentage. He has held three of the Friars’ four opponents to single-digits goals, including a career-best three goals allowed in a 4-3 win over Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 24. The three goals are the fewest allowed by the Providence College lacrosse program since April 23, 2008, when the Friars defeated Wagner, 12-3.
Boyce currently leads the Friars’ defensive unit that is ranked fifth in the NCAA Division I in scoring defense (7.25). Individually, Boyce ranks sixth in NCAA Division I in goals against average and 13th in save percentage.
Boyce is one of the most highly decorated players in Providence College lacrosse history. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, he earned USILA Third-Team All-America honors, Inside Lacrosse Media All-America Honorable Mention, All-BIG EAST First Team and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year recognition.
He played a key role in helping the Friars make back-to-back appearances at the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time in program history (2016, 2017), and their first-ever trip to the BIG EAST Championship game in 2017. Last season, the Friars also earned their first-ever national ranking in the USILA.
Providence College returns to action on Saturday, March 3 against non-conference foe Sacred Heart. Opening faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn.
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