Colgate University’s Peter Baum, who led college lacrosse in goals and points, is one of five men’s finalists for the Tewaarton Award, given annually to the sport’s best male and female players.
The other men’s finalists are University of Massachusetts attack Will Manny, Loyola University Maryland attack Mike Sawyer, Duke University midfielder C.J. Costabile and last year’s winner, University of Virginia attack Steele Stanwick, according to an e-mailed statement from US Lacrosse.
The five women’s finalists are University of Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, University of North Carolina attack Becky Lynch, University of Maryland attack Katie Schwarzmann, Northwestern University midfielder Taylor Thornton and Syracuse University attack Michelle Tumolo.
This is the first time that all 10 finalists represent different schools, according to the statement. All will participate in the men’s and women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments, which begin this weekend.
Winners will be selected following the conclusion of the NCAA tournaments and honored at a ceremony on May 31 in Washington, according to the release. The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former coaches.
Baum led college lacrosse’s top division with 64 goals and 93 points this season, setting Colgate and Patriot League records in both categories. He is the first Tewaarton finalist in Colgate history.
Manny led the undefeated Minutemen in goals (43) and points (75), while Sawyer averaged three goals per game, third-best in the nation, for the Greyhounds, the top seed in the NCAA tournament. Stanwick is first in the country with 45 assists, according to the release.
Schwarzmann, a member of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team and the only repeat women’s finalist, ranks third in the nation with 63 goals. Dashiell helped Florida to its first American Lacrosse Conference tournament title and the top seed in the women’s NCAA tournament.
Thornton, also a member of the U.S. national team, had a career-high 27 goals this season and led a Northwestern defense that allowed the 7.63 goals per game this season, fourth-fewest in the country. A player from the Wildcats has won the women’s award in five of the past six years.
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