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Tewaaraton women's watch list loaded with Long Islanders

Stony Brook midfielder Demmianne Cook. (March 30, 2013)

Stony Brook midfielder Demmianne Cook. (March 30, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke )

When the Tewaaraton Award watch list was paired down to 25 last week, Duke attack Kerrin Maurer was stunned to see her name.

“It was a dream just to play in college, but I never thought I would make that list, let alone in my sophomore year,” the former St. Anthony’s star said of being a candidate for the award given to the NCAA lacrosse players of the year. “It’s a huge honor, but definitely unexpected.”

Perhaps she short-changed herself. The quickest way onto this list, it seems, is to have first excelled on Long Island. Of the 25 women, 10 Long Islanders are in the running, including five sophomores.

Garden City is well represented by Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan, Boston College midfielder Mikaela Rix and Georgetown attack Caroline Tarzian. That sophomore trio helped key the “Trojan Dynasty,” winning four state championships in high school.

Northport alum Shannon Gilroy overcame ACL and meniscus tears in consecutive years and has led Florida to a No. 2 national ranking this season. Former Smithtown East star Demmianne Cook’s prolific scoring has propelled Stony Brook to sixth. Syracuse is ranked third, led by junior attack Alyssa Murray, a West Babylon product.

Navy’s Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville), Northwestern’s Erin Fitzgerald (Mt. Sinai) and Boston University’s Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa) round out the Long Island contingent.

Among the front-runners for the award is senior Katie Schwarzmann, the 2012 winner who now has Maryland ranked No. 1 in the country.

“There's always this unspoken tension between Maryland and Long Island over which is the real lacrosse hotbed, so we take a lot of pride in being recognized at this level,” Maurer said. “The success of our high school programs has elevated people’s awareness of how much talent we’ve got on Long Island.”

The top five men and women will be selected later this month and invited to the award ceremony May 30 in Washington, DC.