Individual honors have a way of finding Kayla Treanor as easily as she finds an open teammate or the net.
That’s a good thing, too, because Treanor — the former Niskayuna lacrosse star in her junior season for the Syracuse University women’s team — doesn’t waste much time, thought or energy seeking out praise.
“The individual accolades come, especially when you don’t focus on them,” Syracuse coach Gary Gait said.
The latest honor for Treanor
came Tuesday when she repeated as the ACC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year. A bigger one could be in the offing beginning today if Treanor is one of the five finalists revealed for the Tewaaraton Award announced in advance of the May 28 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Treanor was a finalist last year for the award, the nation’s top honor for a collegiate lacrosse player, after a 2014 season in which she recorded a school-record 79 goals and 38 assists.
This season, Treanor has scored 53 goals and registered 27 assists. Her biggest score came April 26 in the ACC championship game against North Carolina, when Treanor’s goal in double overtime gave Syracuse a 9-8 victory. The fact the goal was a milestone No. 200 for Treanor was secondary to the junior.
“It’s all about the team and winning,” said Treanor, the MVP of the ACC tournament.
OK, but scoring 200 career goals is pretty awesome, right?
“It’s cool, but it really doesn’t matter,” said Treanor. “I had no clue [it was my 200th goal]. Those things really don’t matter, I guess. I didn’t even know until someone told me after.”
Gait, the ACC coach of the year, said Treanor’s take on her personal milestone was no surprise. The Niskayuna product never needed to be converted to the team-first ways he preaches at Syracuse.
“She embodies that,” said Gait. “That’s one of the reasons she continues to have success.”
During her lacrosse career, Treanor — whose sister, Alyssa Treanor, recently finished her collegiate playing career at Siena College — has not longed for recognition that instead has sought her out. Treanor was an Under Armour All-American in high school, and earned first-team conference honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons at Syracuse.
A selection as finalist for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award would be the latest honor for Treanor, but the junior’s opinion on the importance of the award is what one might expect from her.
“It’s secondary to our goal of winning a national championship and our conference,” said Treanor, whose squad is the No. 4 seed for this year’s NCAA tournament.
“But,” she allowed, “it’s an honor to hear my name be in that group. I feel really blessed and fortunate for the opportunities I’ve had.”