The 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony was held Thursday, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Nationally Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The Tewaaraton Award, named after the Mohawk word for lacrosse, has been given to the nation’s top men’s and women’s college lacrosse players every year since 2001.
Maryland senior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann became the first women’s lacrosse player to be named a finalist for the award three times and was joined by teammate Alex Aust, a senior attacker.
Another finalist and participant in the NCAA National Championship was North Carolina’s senior midfielder Kara Cannizzaro.
Katie Schwarzmann received the award for the second straight year, winning Maryland’s fourth Tewaaraton Award. Attacker Jen Adams, now the head women’s lacrosse coach at Loyola University Maryland won the inaugural Tewaaraton Award her senior year. The school’s other Tewaaraton recipient was Caitlyn McFadden, a midfielder who won the award in 2010.
Schwarzmann is also the third woman to win the award twice. The other two both played midfield for Northwestern. Kristen Kjellman won the award in 2006 and 2007 and Hannah Nielsen won the award the following two seasons.
Maryland’s undefeated run continues to grow, but the team looks as focused as ever. The women’s lacrosse team captured its fifth consecutive ACC Tournament title two weeks ago in Chapel Hill. They beat Virginia 13-9 in the semifinal before defeating UNC in their home stadium by a score of 12-8, a much more comfortable margin than their 14-13 home victory over the Tar Heels just a few weeks earlier.
After a weekend of rest, the Lady Terps figure to be fresh for the NCAA Tournament. They have advanced to the semifinals each of the past four years, but have not won the National title since 2010. A title this season would be the school’s 11th. Northwestern has the second most in NCAA history, with all seven of their titles coming in the last eight years.
Maryland has no shortage of star power, but they have been led well all season by seniors Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann, both of whom were named finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award yesterday. Schwarzmann won the award, given annually to the best men’s and women’s lacrosse players in the nation, in 2012 and is the first Terp to be named a finalist for the award three times. The winner will be announced on May 30.
With preparations nearly complete for, hopefully, a deep tournament run, the only thing left is for Maryland’s first opponent to be determined. Stony Brook and Towson play in College Park tonight at 7 p.m., with the winner to stick around for a noon matchup with the Terps on Sunday.