Uniondale, NY (June 18, 2022) – The National Lacrosse League announced today that the New York Riptide’s Jeff Teat has been named a finalist for the League’s Rookie of the Year award. Teat joins Reid Bowering of the Vancouver Warriors and Patrick Dodds of Panther City Lacrosse Club as the three finalists. The League will be announcing the winner of the award the week of June 27.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that there was an expectation that Jeff would be considered among the top rookies this year,” Riptide head coach Dan Ladouceur said. “The expectations with Jeff being drafted and entering this league were very high and he didn’t disappoint at any turn. Outside of the numbers and stats that are measured, I hope there is consideration given to what a great teammate and person each candidate is. While all of these candidates should be commended for their performances, if weighed in totality, I strongly believe Jeff is the Rookie of the Year for the NLL.”
This season, the 5-foot-10 inch forward finished the season with 108 points on 37 goals and 71 assists in 16 games. Teat finished fourth overall in the NLL in points, and third overall in assists, while leading all rookies in goals, assists, points, and powerplay assists, despite only playing in 16 games. The rookie also broke single-season NLL rookie records in points and assists and became the first rookie in League history to score 100 points in a season. Teat was selected first overall in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft. If Teat is selected as the winner of the award, it will mark the second time that a Riptide player was awarded Rookie of the Year, after Tyson Gibson won the award in the 2019-20 season.
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About the New York Riptide
The New York Riptide are a professional box lacrosse team based in Uniondale, New York. The Riptide are one of 15 teams competing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world. The team has been competing in the NLL since 2019, plays their home games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and will return to the floor in December 2022. Last offseason, the Riptide hired NLL Hall of Famer Jim Veltman as general manager and five-time NLL champion Dan Ladouceur as head coach. The team also signed four-time NLL All-Pro Callum Crawford to a two-year deal and selected two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee Jeff Teat with the first overall pick in the NLL draft. For more information on New York Riptide lacrosse, please visit www.newyorkriptide.com or follow the Riptide on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok @newyorkriptide.