Feb. 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Villanova University senior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) was named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List as a candidate for the honor bestowed upon the top player in collegiate lacrosse. LoCascio is one of four BIG EAST players named to the watch list for the current season.
Regarded as one of the best long-stick midfielders in the nation, LoCascio was the 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a USILA Third Team All-American. LoCascio registered 85 ground balls and had 53 caused turnovers last season, finishing as the national leader with an average of 3.57 caused turnovers per game. He was also selected by the Rochester Rattlers as the 26th overall selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
Off the field, LoCascio maintains a 3.67 GPA in Finance with a minor in Economics from the prestigious Villanova School of Business. He has been a Dean's List honoree six out of the seven semesters during his time on campus and his academic accomplishments include being chosen as the 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Performer of the Year, being named to the 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Team and a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012) selection.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and women's nominees in late April. On May 5th, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 14th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 29th.
Villanova continues their season on Saturday, February 28th when they travel to Delaware. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.