It’s nights like last night at the National Museum of the American Indian that make what I do so much fun. It was a tremendously emotional night with the Tewaaraton Foundation honoring Jimmy Lewis, the great Navy attackman from the 60’s and a tremendously decorated jet pilot. The Foundation also honored the late Brendan Looney, also of the Naval Academy who died while on duty in Afghanistan. Brendan was a Navy seal and an emotional Richie Meade, former Navy Head coach just gave a tremendous tribute speech recalling his days with Brendan.
Let’s start with Taylor Cummings. If you are a regular reader of the site, you will recall that Taylor was my pick because of the way she played every facet of the field. Her performance Championship weekend earned her the MOP award. She is a very special player who is so humble and a tremendously unselfish . Taylor is the first sophomore ever selected as the female winner. Maryland had a strong contingent of players and fans there who erupted when the announcement was made.
The big story of the day was the committee’s unanimous decision to have the Men’s Award shared by the two most prolific scorers ever for one season and that of course is the Thompson brothers, Lyle and Miles who played together for Albany. The brothers were dressed in their Native American clothing and continually referred to the lacrosse being the Creator’s game. It was just an incredible experience one that Taylor Cummings will never forget having her picture with the Thompsons snapped by hundreds of media.
From Maryland, senior goalie Niko Amato, senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defenseman Michael Ehrhardt were named to the list.
Loyola had two players named: senior defenseman Joe Fletcher and senior attack Justin Ward.
Other players named to the list include Towson senior attack Thomas DeNapoli, UMBC sophomore attack Nate Lewnes and Johns Hopkins junior attack Wells Stanwick.
from the Baltimore sun
Rob Pannell of Cornell and Katie Schwarzmann of Maryland were named winners of the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, presented to the top players in men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse, at ceremonies Thursday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The winners are chosen by selection committees, comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former college coaches, that are appointed by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Players are nominated by coaches from all three NCAA divisions during the season. The nominees are then screened by the respective committees. FIve finalists of each gender are then selected by the committees after the end of the season.
Pannell recorded a career-best 102 points on 47 goals and 55 assists in his senior season while leading the Big Red to the NCAA semifinals.
He concluded his career with an NCAA Division I-record 354 total points, surpassing the previous of 353 held by 2007 Tewaaraton winner Matt Danowski of Duke. Pannell is the second Cornell player to win the award, joining Max Seibald in 2009.
Along with Pannell, the men’s finalists were North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman, Syracuse senior midfielder JoJo Marasco, Princeton junior midfielder Tom Schreiber and Albany sophomore Lyle Thompson. Thompson, a member of the Onandoga Nation, is the first Native American finalist for the Tewaaraton.
She finishes her career third all-time at Maryland in goals (228) and total points (304). She is the third repeat Tewaaraton winner joining a pair of Northwestern standouts, Kristen Kjellman (2006-07) and Hannah Nielsen (2008-09).
Along with Schwartzmann, the women’s finalists were Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust, North Carolina senior midfielder Kara Cannizzarro, Syracuse junior attacker Alyssa Murray and Florida senior goalie Mikey Meagher.
Wow, did all of us Terrapin fans need a lift like this!!! From the second Katie was named a finalist this year, I never wavered in my thoughts that she should and would win. She is a miraculous player who has a chance to rewrite the record books at Maryland. It seems to me the Tewaaraton winner has been awarded to the MVP of the Championship weekend. That is why I was worried that Taylor Thorton from Northwestern would receive the award. BUT THE JUDGES GOT IT RIGHT—Katie is an unstoppable force in every facet of the game, especially during the prime time ones. I am so happy for her, her family and head coach Cathy Reese. The best news is that Katie is only a Junior and returns next season. It’s a great day to be a TERP.
Maryland junior Katie Schwarzmann became the third Terrapin to win the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top player in women’s lacrosse, Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Schwarzmann adds the lofty award to an already stout resume. The Sykesville, Md., native is a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree.
The junior captain was crowned 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after leading the Terps to their unprecedented fourth consecutive conference title. Schwarzmann racked up a tournament-record 11 goals in a three-game span at the championship.
Schwarzmann ranked second and fifth, respectively, in the nation in goals (72) and points (94). She established career bests in goals, assists (22), points, and draw controls (52) in 2012. Her goal tally is the fifth-highest mark in Maryland single-season history and her 94 points rank ninth.
The two-time Tewaaraton finalist scored in all 23 games this season and notched three or more goals in 17 contests. She averaged 3.19 goals and 4.09 points per game for Maryland, which reached the national semifinals for the fourth straight season in 2012.
Maryland junior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award for the second consecutive season Thursday.
Schwarzmann, the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, will have the opportunity to become the third Terrapin to win the top award in college lacrosse, joining Jen Adams (2001) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010).
Five men and five women garnered invitations to Washington, D.C. for the 12th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
The other female finalists are Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, North Carolina attacker Becky Lynch, Northwestern midfielder Taylor Thornton and Syracuse attacker Michelle Tumolo.
Caitlyn Wins!!! (audio of Announcement) This award was never in doubt. The MVP of the National Championship Tournament, Maryland’s Caitlyn McFadden was an extremely popular choice for the winner of the most prestigious award in College Lacrosse. She is pictured with her Coach and biggest fan, Cathy Reese, her family, and the winner on the men’s side Ned Crotty from Duke. How appropiate was it that Caitlyn was dressed in red tonight!!! It was a great honor for me to be at this event tonight as I had promised Caitlyn that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Caitlyn represents everything that is great about college sports. She was a true leader in every sense of the word. Her teammates respected her to the utmost and she led the team to the ultimate destination. Caitlyn is a true champion and has represented her family, her team and the University of Maryland to the utmost. Four years ago on Terp Talk one of my lacrosse expert guests, Bruce Block told me that Maryland had a real special kid who was joining the team. Her name was Caitlyn McFadden. I guess thats why I consider him an expert!!!!
If the National Championship game came down to a battle between the 2 top players in the land, Katrina Dowd and Caitlyn McFadden–let there be no doubt that the Senior Captain from Maryland is the clear winner. Biased opinion–yes, but a factual representation of the truth –most definitely. Caitlyn was the true leader of the Terps and was able to assert her will on both sides of the ball in the Championship Game. I will be at the award ceremony on Thursday and thus Terp Talk was taped today.