May 29, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann will travel to the nation's capital Thursday for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
Schwarzmann - the defending winner of the top honor in college lacrosse - is one of three Terrapins to win the coveted award. She's joined by current assistant coach Caitlyn McFadden and Jen Adams.
The five finalists for this year's award are Aust, Schwarzmann, North Carolina midfielder Kara Cannizzaro, Syracuse attacker Alyssa Murray, and Florida goalie Mikey Meagher.
Thursday's event begins with a reception at 6:30pm with the ceremony starting at 8:15pm.
Below is your Terrapin Guide to the Tewaaraton:
Inside Lacrosse: The IWLCA Attacker of the Year concluded the 2013 season second in Division I with 5.43 points a game with 70 goals and 55 assists, connecting on 56.5% of her shots. She also helped the ride effort, leading Maryland with 22 caused turnovers. Until the title game, Aust had at least four points in Maryland's first three wins in the NCAA, including five goals and two assists against Duke. She lit up the scoreboard and quarterbacked Maryland's offense most of the year, but her biggest "threat" for the Tewaaraton is probably her teammate.
Lacrosse Magazine: 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.
Inside Lacrosse: With the target constantly on her back, the reigning Tewaaraton winner led the Maryland midfield to 22 victories, contributing on offense and defense with 58 goals, 27 assists, 39 draw controls and 39 ground balls. She was a perfect 3-for-3 on shots in the NCAA title game and had the game-winning assist against Syracuse to get Maryland to the title match. She may get an edge over Cannizzaro after being named the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year despite that Maryland lost to UNC in the finals.
Lacrosse Magazine: 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).
Breaking Down the Competition
Kara Cannizzaro - Senior - North Carolina
Inside Lacrosse: When the NCAA Tournament began, Cannizzaro probably was not higher than fourth on most Tewaaraton lists. But thanks in part to the senior captain, the Tar Heels ran the table in the NCAAs and took the title. She finished with 61 goals, 29 assists and 30 caused turnovers, a true force on both sides of the ball. If the committee puts a lot of emphasis on the NCAA Tournament, that bodes well for her, she finished 16 goals and six assists in the NCAAs, earning at least five points in every game.
Lacrosse Magazine: 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).
Alyssa Murray - Junior - Syracuse
Inside Lacrosse: Murray became the leader of Syracuse's offense, a very young offense at that, after Michelle Tumolo's injury and was incredible, earning 104 points off 64 goals and 40 assists, even adding 18 caused turnovers. She was a star in Syracuse's NCAA wins over Dartmouth with five goals and five assists, the sixth time in the last seven games that she had at least five points. She drew a lot of attention during the Maryland game, getting just one goal, but helped lead Syracuse to a semifinal berth.
Lacrosse Magazine: 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.
Mikey Meagher - Senior - Florida
Inside Lacrosse: The sport's top goalie this year was stellar in the cage for the Gators, holding all but two opponents to under 11 goals this season. The IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year saved 50.3% of shots and allowed under seven goals a contest to sport an 18-3 record. She helped hold a prolific Denver offense to just five goals, saving nine shots, in the NCAA Tournament in Florida's lone victory in the postseason. Lack of a semifinal berth probably will keep Meagher out of the Tewaaraton running.
Lacrosse Magazine: 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.