May 23, 2013

Tewaaraton Watch: Aust Emerging Slightly

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | Related: Men's Watch

Alex Aust continues to the lead the top-ranked Terps in all scoring categories.

There's exactly one week left until the women's and men's Tewaaraton Awards are handed out at the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

The races are on the minds of Lacrosse Magazine staff. Here's how the women's finalists rank in our poll ahead of championship weekend.

Players were given five points for each first-place vote, four for each second-place vote and on down the line.

1. Alex Aust, Maryland, Sr. A
This week: 21 points (3 first-place votes)
Last week: Tie- 1 (17 points)

Aust had five goals, two assists, three ground balls and one draw control in Maryland's 14-9 win over Duke in Saturday's quarterfinal round. For the year, Aust leads Maryland in goals (67), assists (52), points (119), is fifth in ground balls (27) and third in caused turnovers (18). Aust ranked second nationally in points per game (5.67), the highest of any Tewaaraton finalist, and is 11th nationally in assists per game (2.48), also the the highest of any finalist.

2. Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr. A
This week: 18 points (1 first-place vote)
Last week: Tie-1 (17 points)

Murray continues to help fill the void on Syracuse's offense since Michelle Tumolo went down with a season-ending injury. Murray had two goals on four shots, with one assist and one draw control in Syracuse's 13-9 win over Florida in the quarterfinals. Murray leads Syracuse with 103 points this season on 63 goals (second on the team) and 40 assists. She's also second in ground balls (30) and second in caused turnovers (17) and fifth in draw controls (22). Murray ranks seventh nationally in points per game (4.90), the second highest of any Tewaaraton finalist, behind Aust.

3. Katie Schwarzmann, Sr. M
This week: 16 points (1 first-place vote)
Last week: 3 (16 points)

The reigning Tewaaraton winner had two goals, three ground balls and one draw control in Maryland's quarterfinal win. She is second on the team in goals (54), assists (24), points (78), is first in ground balls (36), second in draw controls (39) and fourth in caused turnovers (17).

4. Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina, Sr. M
This week: 13 points
Last week: 5 (11 points)

Cannizzaro had three goals and two assists, five ground balls, one draw control and two caused turnovers in UNC's 13-9 win over Virginia on Saturday. Cannizzaro leads North Carolina in goals (53), assists (19) and points (72), second in ground balls (34) and first in caused turnovers (29).

5. Mikey Meagher, Sr. G
This week: 8 points
Last week: 4 (14 points)

The ALC goalie of the year had 12 saves in Florida's 13-9 loss to Syracuse. In 21 starts this year, she had a .502 save percentage and 6.90 goals against average. Ranks fifth nationally in save percentage and second in goals against average. She's the lone finalist to not play this weekend.


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