The Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday morning the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, and the list is generally solid.
Albany sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson and Cornell fifth-year senior attackman Rob Pannell headline the list. Thompson, the first Native American (Onondaga Nation) to be named a finalist, leads Division I in points (108) and assists (62) this season. The America East Player of the Year, Thompson is seven points away from passing former UMBC attackman Steve Marohl for the most points in a single season in NCAA history.
Pannell, a 2011 Tewaaraton Award finalist, ranks third in the nation in points (80) and fourth in assists (44). The Ivy League Player of the Year, Pannell is the third-leading scorer in Division I history with 332 points.
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North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman ranks fourth in the country in points (74) and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. The Baltimore native and Gilman graduate was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the conference tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Syracuse senior midfielder JoJo Marasco led the team in points (53) en route to being named the Big East Midfielder of the Year. Marasco’s 35 assists eclipsed the prevoous school record of assists by a midfielder set by Paul Gait (34 in 1990).
The only quibble involves Princeton junior midfielder Tom Schreiber as the fifth finalist. Schreiber led the team in scoring (60 points) and assists (32) and posted at least three points in every game this season.
But the Tigers were left out of the upcoming NCAA tournament, and the award is usually given to a player who enjoys success in the postseason. Schreiber would be the first player to win the Tewaaraton despite his team staying home for the tournament.
A few players who might have an argument for being a finalist include Lehigh senior attackman David DiMaria (tied for fifth in Division I in points with 68), Duke junior attackman Jordan Wolf (tied with DiMaria in points), Denver senior attackman Eric Law (seventh in points with 64), Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut (tied for second in save percentage with .612 and second in goals-against average with 7.21) and Maryland redshirt junior goalie Niko Amato (tied with Kaut in save percentage and fifth in goals-against average with 7.42).