From a small school, to the Ivy League, to an NCAA Title and now a player of the year award.
Palmyra-Macedon grad Ben Reeves capped off his college career Thursday night by winning the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's version of the Heisman.
Reeves helped lead Yale to its first ever NCAA Title on Monday, beating Duke 13-11.
Per the Yale Sports Department, along with being named the D1 lacrosse player of the year Reeves also:
- Was named first-team All-American for the third straight year
- Was named IVY League Player of the Year for the second straight year.
- Ends his career as the school leader for goals (174) and points (316)
- Owns the single season record for points in a season (115 this year)
- Finished his career with a goal in 54 straight games
He's no slouch in the classroom either:
"Reeves, a molecular, cellular & developmental biology major with a 3.89 GPA, shadowed cardiac surgeons in Africa as they worked on impoverished children one summer. He worked in a Yale cancer research lab focusing on cancers found in the blood (leukemia), and then spent a summer working at the University of Rochester doing research on tumors of the neural crest while shadowing a pediatric oncologist at Strong Memorial Hospital. He will continue his medical research at Yale in the fall."
Reeves will have an opportunity to continue his playing career. In April, he was drafted fourth overall in the Major League Lacrosse (outdoor) draft by the formerly Rochester (now Dallas) Rattlers.