WASHINGTON – Attackman Matt Rambo and midfielder Zoe Stukenberg were named recipients of the prestigious Tewaaraton Award on Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Rambo is Maryland's first male recipient of the Tewaaraton. Stukenberg is the sixth straight Terp to earn the honor and the eighth female recipient from Maryland in the history of the award.
The Tewaaraton Award, in its 17th year, annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. This is the first time in the history of the award that both recipients come from the same institution.
Rambo and Stukenberg led the men's and women's lacrosse programs to the 2017 NCAA Championships. The men's team won their first national championship since 1975 while the women's team competed its season at 23-0.
“I'm very proud of Zoe and Matt for earning this prestigious honor,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “These seniors are selfless leaders who have always put their team first. Zoe and Matt both played pivotal roles in winning national championships last weekend, and to see them honored at the highest level is truly a remarkable accomplishment.”
An IMLCA First Team All-American, Rambo earned the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the nation's most outstanding player. This season, the Glenside, Pa., native became Maryland's all-time points leader and all-time goals leader. Rambo also became the first-ever Terp to reach 40 goals and 40 assists in the same season. He was named a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
"I would like to congraduate Matt on this award," head coach John Tillman said. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by Matt and the support of his teammates and family."
“I'm proud of how hard Matt has worked in his time in College Park,” Anderson said. “For him to be graduate, lead his team to a national championship and be recognized as the top player in his sport is a testament to his effort and leadership.”
Stukenberg earned IWLCA First Team All-America honors this season while leading Maryland to its 14th national title. She was named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year after being unanimously named to the All-Big Ten team. The Ellicott City, Md., native ranked in the top three of every statistical category on the team, including 53 goals, 31 assists, 84 points, 48 ground balls, 74 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. Stukenberg graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in biological sciences, and earned her third Elite 90 Award as the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championship.
“Zoe has been a consummate leader and is an extremely well-rounded individual,” Anderson said. “She is an outstanding student and has earned accolades for her performances both in the classroom and on the field. Zoe is truly a special person, and it has been an honor to watch her grow in her time as a Terp.”
“Zoe is such a special person,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “She works so hard in everything that she does, and has such an incredible, infectious attitude. It's been an honor to coach Zoe these past four years, and I'm so proud of her for earning this honor.”
Maryland defender Nadine Hadnagy was also a finalist for the Tewaaraton.