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Cowan to Receive 2013 Tewaaraton Legends Award

Joe Cowan in action against Navy at Homewood Field in 1967.

Jan. 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Johns Hopkins University lacrosse star and U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Famer Joe Cowan as the recipient of the third annual Tewaaraton Legends Award, presented by LaxRags.

"Joe Cowan is a natural selection for the third Tewaaraton Legends Award," said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “He was an outstanding player during a championship era at Johns Hopkins and, just as importantly, he has always been loyal to his alma mater and the game of lacrosse.”

Cowan's illustrious lacrosse career began at Friends School in Baltimore, where he was a standout midfielder. In 1963, he helped the team win the Maryland Scholastic Association Championship.

Cowan did not stray far from home for his collegiate career at Johns Hopkins. He played on three consecutive USILA championship lacrosse teams (1967-69) and was also a standout on the football team. As a lacrosse player, Cowan earned first team All-America honors in each of Johns Hopkins three national championship seasons, and in 1968 and 1969 received the prestigious Turnbull Award as the nation's outstanding attackman. In 1969, he was also the first recipient of the Enners Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player. He was selected to play in the annual North/South game in 1969. As a football player, Cowan was drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts.

Cowan stayed at Johns Hopkins for 14 years as an assistant coach, working with 2013 Spirit of Tewaaraton Recipient Bob Scott. Cowan played for the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club in 1970-71 and also served on the Board of Directors of the Lacrosse Foundation, one of the predecessor organizations to US Lacrosse.

The Tewaaraton Legends Award annually honors one recipient who played college lacrosse prior to 2001, the first year in which the Tewaaraton Award was presented. Recipients are chosen on the basis that their collegiate performance would have earned them a Tewaaraton Award, had the award existed when they played. The previous two Legends Award winners were Syracuse’s Jim Brown (2011) and Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney (2012).



"Joe is without question one of the finest lacrosse players in the history of college lacrosse," Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics Tom Calder said. "We are excited for Joe and his family that he has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Tewaaraton Legends Award. His records, honors and awards speak to the high level at which he played and he continues to be a visible and active supporter of our program. The committee could not have selected a better person for this award than Joe Cowan."

Cowan will receive the Legends Award during the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30, 2013, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. For more information on the Tewaaraton Legends Award or to attend this exciting event, visit Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at and

Cowan will share the evening with fellow Johns Hopkins Hall of Famer Bob Scott, who will receive the 2013 Spirit of the Tewaaraton Award. Scott coached Cowan at Johns Hopkins and the two are charter members of the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame.

About The Tewaaraton Foundation
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit

About LaxRags
LaxRags is part of Rags International, Inc., a soon to launch, socially-conscious, values-driven brand of high performance, action sports and lifestyle Apparel, Footwear, Accessories and Equipment, focused on high-growth sports such as Lacrosse and Volleyball. Our fundamental mission is to profitably impact lives through the power of higher education, one student-athlete at a time. We do this by creating breakthrough, functional products that help athletes perform at their maximum potential, with a unique look and style.

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