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WASHINGTON, DC - The Tewaaraton Award Foundation honored the male and female winners of the 2005 Tewaaraton trophy, at a reception hosted by Scott Garceau in Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening. Duke's #18 Katie Chrest, and Kyle Harrison who has made the number 18 legendary at Johns Hopkins University were awarded the top national lacrosse honors.

Junior Katie Chrest received the trophy after registering 70 goals and 26 assists in 2005 to lead the Blue Devils in scoring for the third consecutive season. Chrest's production helped guide the Blue Devils to a school record 17 wins, their first ACC Championship and the program's second trip to the NCAA Tournament final four.

All the finalists but Matt Danowski, still in exams at Duke.

The ACC leader in points and goals per game, Chrest became the first Blue Devil to claim ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP honors. The Hampstead, Md., native was also an IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse first team All-America selection. In addition, Chrest was named ACC and Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week on three occasions in 2005.

Richard McBride and Kim Abrams award the Women's Tewaaraton to Katie Chrest

At the close of her junior campaign she ranked first in shots (380), second in points (214) and third in goals (152) and assists (62). This season, she set a school single-game record with seven goals against Loyola on April 12 and also set new Duke single-season marks with 70 goals and 96 points. As a sophomore, she earned third team All-America honors and was an ACC All-Tournament team pick. In 2003, Chrest became the third Blue Devil to win the conference Rookie of the Year award.

This is the third consecutive year that Kyle Harrison has been selected as a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. After winning a National Championship on Monday, being Drafted number 1 in the Major League Draft of Tuesday, the Thursday event at the National Geographic Building in the nation's capital capped off a perfect week for the Hopkins senior. Harrison, the consummate field commander, lead the Blue Jays in assists (17) and points (36) and ranks third in goals. He has registered at least one point in 17 straight games dating back to last season and has won 26-of-46 (.565) faceoffs and has a team-high 51 ground balls on the year as well. He scored a career-high five goals in Hopkins' 9-8 overtime victory over Navy earlier this season and has started all 58 games in his career.

Harrison ranks second all-time in school history in faceoff winning percentage (.607 / 315-of-519) and has career scoring totals of 76 goals and 42 assists for 118 points. He earned First Team All-America honors as a junior and second team status as a sophomore. He also won the 2004 McLaughlin Award as the nation's top midfielder. He is one of just four players in school history to earn this honor.

Kyle Harrison is given the men's Tewaaraton by Richard McBride and Emmett Printup

The winners were selected from five male and five female finalists. In addition to Harrison, the list of male finalists included Sean Morris (Massachusetts), Brodie Merrill (Georgetown), Matt Danowski (Duke) and John Walker (Army). Sharing the stage with Chrest were for the women's award were last year's winner Amy Appelt (Virginia), Katieanne Christian (Dartmouth), NCAA Tournament MVP Kristen Kjellman (Northwestern) and Lindsey Biles (Princeton).

National Champion Goalkeeper Ashley Gersuk won the Diane Geppi-Aiken Award. The Northwestern Senior from Loudonville, N.Y. and the Albany Academy for Girls won the award, given by CSTV to the senior women's college lacrosse player who has not only excelled on the field, but more importantly, off the field.

Ashley Gersuk

The $5,000 Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship honors the senior women's lacrosse student-athlete who has displayed the same extraordinary leadership, character and perseverance as exhibited by Geppi-Aikens, the late Hall of Fame coach of the Loyola (Md.) women's lacrosse team.

CSTV chronicled Geppi-Aikens last season as coach of the Greyhounds in its documentary, Season of Hope: The Diane Geppi-Aikens Story, which followed the coach and her team on the sidelines during games and practices, on the team bus, in the locker room and at home. Geppi-Aikens passed away in June of 2003, just weeks after leading the Greyhounds to the NCAA Final Four.

"The Diane Geppi-Aikens award truly defines the ultimate student-athlete," said Brian Bedol, founder and CEO of CSTV. "The award honors the memory and legacy of a remarkable lacrosse coach, teacher and person."

Gersuk was one of three nominated for the award. The others were Lindsey Biles, the Princeton Attacker and Katieanne Christian, the Dartmouth Midfielder, both also nominated for this year's Tewaaraton award.

Sid Jamieson was honored with the Spirit of Tewaaraton Award for lifetime service to the game. He is only the third recipient. The first two were the patriot and lax hero Buzzy Krongard and the inspirational Diane Geppi-Aikens, putting Jamieson in very elite company. Sid finished his 38th and final season at Bucknell in a thrilling loss to Army in the Patriot League Semi-Finals. He was the only head coach Bucknell lacrosse has ever known. The legendary mentor has won seven conference titles in three different conferences -- the Patriot League, the East Coast Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Conference. His Bison squads won at least a share of four Patriot League titles and boast a 25-6 league record over the last five seasons.

Sid Jamieson listens while Peter Farrell honors his career

In 1996 Jamieson led the Bison to an undefeated season and the Patriot League championship, and he was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and USILA Division I National Coach of the Year. The Bison ranked ninth in the final USILA Top-20 poll after turning in the first undefeated season in Bucknell history. While the 1996 team was snubbed for an NCAA Tournament berth, Jamieson guided the Herd to their first NCAA appearance in 2001 after capturing another Patriot League crown. The Bison met fourth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAAs, falling 12-7 at West Point's Michie Stadium.

Sid Jamieson with John Walker and Jack Emmer, who's also retiring

Jamieson has coached 16 All-Americans and has had 13 Bison invited to play in the prestigious North-South All-Star game. An impressive total of 111 of his players have earned all-league distinction. Two players were named Most Valuable Player in the MAC and one in the ECC. In the Patriot League, the Bison have had one Player of the Year, four Defensive Players of the year, three Offensive Players of the Year and three Rookies of the Year in Jamieson's tenure. In addition, the Bison coaching staff has been honored as the Patriot League's top staff twice.

Click on the above photos to hear the winners' speeches!

Jamieson, a Native American (Six Nations, Ontario) has also been a dynamic force on the international lacrosse scene, through his involvement with the Iroquois National Team. From 1983-86 he served as head coach of the team made up of Native North Americans from both the United States and Canada. Jamieson led the team to the 1984 World Lacrosse Games, a part of the pre-Olympic cultural events of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. In 1985 he coached the team on a 10-day tour of England with the English National Team. Jamieson took the team to the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia, in 1990 while serving as the team's executive director, and he is currently on its executive board.

Jamieson has given numerous lectures for Native American youth on education, self-motivation and self-esteem. He is also called upon to speak in classrooms on campus and in the community regarding Native American issues. He is a legendary player and coach in the native community.

A 1964 graduate of Cortland State University, Jamieson won the Gen. George M. Gelston Award in 1985, as the person who most represents the symbol of the game of lacrosse. He has received the Howdy Myers Memorial Award as college lacrosse's "Man of the Year" in 1986, and again in 1996. Jamieson was a featured speaker at the National Coaches Association meetings and clinics in January 2001 and again in 2003. He coached the North team to victory in the 1998 North South All-Star Game, and from 1993-96 he served as secretary of the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association.

In February 2003, Jamieson was inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Philadelphia.

Jamieson and his wife Linda, are the parents of three sons, Kevin, Steve and Mark, all of whom are avid supporters of the Bison Lacrosse program. Kevin is in his third season as the head women's golf coach at Bucknell, as well as assistant golf professional at Bucknell University Golf Club.

The Tewaaraton Award Foundation, in conjunction with The University Club of Washington, DC, 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, DC in June of 2001, the Tewaaraton Trophy is now presented annually following the collegiate season at a banquet honoring the finalists and winners.

Katie Chrest with Duke coach Kerstin Kimmel.

Women's Selection Committee
Chris Sailer (chair), Princeton University
Missy Foote, Middlebury College
Suzanne Isador, Pennsylvania State University
Lisa Miller, Syracuse University
Julie Myers, University of Virginia
Karen MacCrate, CW Post
Amy Patton, Dartmouth
Amy Umbach, George Mason University

Men's Selection Committee
Dick Edell (chair) University of Maryland (retired)
Scott Anderson, Harvard University
Tom Postel, C.W. Post College
Erin Quinn, Middlebury College
Dom Starsia, University of Virginia
Dave Urick, Georgetown University
Jack Emmer, US Military Academy
Greg Cannella, University of Massachusetts
Mike Pressler, Duke University

The awards are accompanied by a Washington Metro-Maryland High School Award also given by the University Club

From Duke, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Bucknell & Tewaaraton Foundation releases.

Kyle Harrison with Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala.

Photos by John Strohsacker

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