FORT COVINGTON — When former Salmon River lacrosse players Miles and Lyle Thompson, now of the University of Albany, received the coveted Tewaaraton Award as the top college lacrosse players in the United States on May 29, also on hand was current Salmon River player Kason Tarbell.
Tarbell was in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to also receive honors. He accepted the Tewaaraton Scholarship from the Tewaaraton Foundation, given to just one male and one female lacrosse player in the nation.
This fall, Tarbell will use the financial award to attend Cornell University where he will play Division I lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Scholarship is given to students of Iroquois descent and Kason is the first winner from Akwesasne. He is a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.
Tarbell, a midfielder who led Section 10 lacrosse in scoring with 33 goals while adding 39 assists this past season, is also this year’s selection as the Times All North Northern Athletic Conference MVP.
“It felt really good to receive the Tewaaraton Scholarship, it’s quite an honor,” Tarbell said. “And watching Miles and Lyle do so well has definitely had an effect on me. I’ve really looked up to them.”
Tarbell has played the past four years for Shamrocks coach Jim Barnes and served as team captain this past season.
“I think this year Kason matured a lot, and he did a good job stepping into a leadership role. Kason and others have looked at players like Miles and Lyle and said ‘Hey, I can make a name for myself. I can play Division I, too’” Barnes said.
“Kason’s a great kid, a great athlete and a great overall lacrosse player. He plays excellent offense and defense, and he plays everywhere — on the man-up, on the man-down and he also takes faceoffs.”
Tarbell, who also plays Junior B lacrosse for the Akwesasne Indians, recently received several Section 10 awards including All American, All Northern, and Academic All Northern.
“He’s a tremendous player. I’ve really enjoyed coaching him and it’s going to be tough to see him leave,” Barnes said.
The son of Tina Tarbell and Will Whelan, Tarbell helped Salmon River win the past four Section 10 championships and led the team to a 17-1 finish this past season. He will finish with a 4.0 grade-point average at Salmon River. Next year will enter the Cornell School of Agriculture and Life Science.
‘When I went on my visit, I really liked Cornell and I have a friend, Myan Adams, who played lacrosse there and really liked it. I’m looking forward to it,” Tarbell said.