Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann and attacker Alex Aust are among five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college lacrosse player, when the list of nominees was whittled down from 25 on Thursday.
Florida goalie Mikey Meagher, North Carolina midfielder Kara Cannizzaro and Syracuse attacker Alyssa Murray are the other finalists for the award, which will be presented on May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Schwarzmann, the 2012 Tewaaraton winner, could become the third two-time winner after Northwestern’s Hannah Nielsen (2008-9) and Kristen Kjellman (2006-7).
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The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time All-ACC selection, the Century graduate plays a key two-way role for the No. 1 Terps, who are the No. 1 seed going into this weekend's NCAA tournament.
She has 51 goals and 23 assists and has also shut down some of the nation’s top attackers. She ranks third on the Terps all-time points list with 221.
The ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading the Terps (19-0) to a record fifth straight ACC championship, Schwarzmann is also a member of the U.S. women’s national team that will play for the World Cup this summer.
Aust, the Terps playmaker from behind the goal, leads the team with 60 goals and 48 assists. She ranks second in Division I with her 108 points and 5.68 points per game average. A two-time All-ACC player, the Bullis graduate ranks third on the Terps all-time assists list with 125.
In addition to Schwarzmann, two other Terps have won the Tewaaraton. Jen Adams, now the Loyola coach, won the first award in 2001. Caitlyn McFadden, a Maryvale graduate who is now a Terps assistant coach, won in 2010. Maryland has had 12 Tewaaraton finalists.