Tewaaraton Watch: Vote for Men's, Women's Winners
The 13th annual Tewaaraton Award ceremony is Thursday night at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, where the five men's and five finalists will gather and the winners will be announced at a season-ending ceremony.
The races for college lacrosse's highest indivudual honors bring with them interesting storylines and subplots.
On the men's side, Cornell's Rob Pannell finished his college career in the national semifinals, where he notched seven points to become the NCAA Division I all-time points leader with 353 in a losing effort to eventual champion Duke.
Meanwhile, Albany's Lyle Thompson finished with 113 points, one point shy of NCAA Division I single-season points record, which has stood for 23 years. Then there's Syracuse's JoJo Marasco, who was a force in getting the Orange to the national title game, North Carolina's Marcus Holman, the ACC Player of the Year, and Princeton's top gun, midfielder Tom Schreiber.
The women's favorite is a matter of preference. After North Carolina claimed its first national title on Sunday night, senior midfielder Kara Cannizzaro's resume looks pretty good, but how do you count out the reigning Tewaaraton winner in Katie Schwarzmann and her teammate, Alex Aust, who averaged 5.43 points per game, the highest of any of the five finalists.
It's hard to discount Alyssa Murray's impact on getting the Orange to the final four after Michelle Tumolo went down with injury, and Florida's Mikey Meagher is a game-changing goalie for the Gators.
LaxMagazine.com columnist Sheehan Stanwick Burch weighed in this week, saying she thinks the race is down to Schwarzmann and Cannizzaro. What do you think? Vote in our polls.