Two-horse race for Tewaaraton Award nearing finish line
The Tewaaraton Award will be handed out Thursday night, and it is believed that the race has come down to two players.
Virginia junior attackman Steele Stanwick and Cornell junior attackman Ron Pannell have separated themselves from a pack of finalists that includes Syracuse senior goalkeeper John Galloway and senior long-stick midfielder Joel White and Army senior attackman Jeremy Boltus.
Stanwick registered 21 points in powering the Cavaliers to their fourth NCAA championship. The Baltimore native and Loyola graduate finished the season ranked third in Division I in assists (38) and fourth in points per game (4.1). But Stanwick posted zero goals and a single assist in the 9-7 victory over Maryland in the title game.
Pannell led the country in points (89), assists (47) and points per game (5.2) and was the leading candidate prior to the postseason. But Pannell’s Big Red fell to Stanwick and Virginia in the quarterfinals, and Hofstra midfielder Doug Shanahan is the only player in the award’s 10-year history to claim the honor despite his team not advancing to NCAA tournament final.
The guess here is that Stanwick will take home the award. Yes, he struggled against Terps senior defenseman Brett Schmidt, but without Stanwick, the Cavaliers would have been hard-pressed to even reach championship weekend at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.