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The Heisman of Lacrosse: 2021 Tewaaraton Award Predictions

The Tewaaraton Award is presented to the best player in both men’s and women’s college lacrosse every year, as as the lacrosse equivalent to football’s Heisman Trophy, the Tewaaraton Award has an immense and rich tradition. The Award was not given out last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the most recent winners are the 2019 recipients: Pat Spencer of Loyola Maryland and Megan Taylor of Maryland. The presentation of the 2021 recipients is scheduled for halftime of the Premier Lacrosse League game between the Whipsnakes and Chaos on June 5 at Gillette Stadium.

Men’s 2021 Tewaaraton Finalists:

Jared Bernhardt, Maryland – Sr., Attack
Jake Carraway, Georgetown – Grad. Student, Attack
Chris Gray, North Carolina – Sr., Attack
Pat Kavanagh, Notre Dame – Soph., Attack
Michael Sowers, Duke – Grad. Student, Attack

My Prediction: Jared Bernhardt. It is unlikely Jake Carraway or Pat Kavanagh win the award, as their teams have been eliminated, and although Chris Gray had a phenomenal season, the award is nevertheless Bernhardt’s to lose. Bernhardt leads the nation with 87 points and he is averaging over six points a game across 14 games. Last weekend against Notre Dame, Bernhardt drew the Irish’s top defenseman and first-team All-American Jack Kielty, but Bernhardt dominated the matchup, going for five goals in Maryland’s overtime win. The award is supposed to be based on just this past season, but Bernhardt has had a historic career at Maryland. He has been a stud since he arrived in College Park and will leave this spring as Maryland’s record holder in career points, goals & single-season goals, and the Terrapins are in the midst of a 14-0 undefeated season and will meet Duke in the semifinals.

Dark Horse: Michael Sowers. Sowers made the jump from the Ivy League to the ACC after transferring from Princeton to Duke. He had a slow start to the season and did not appear fully comfortable with the offense until about game seven or eight, but the Blue Devils ran through the rest of their schedule on their way to the number two seed in the tournament once he situated himself in the offense. In his first career postseason game, Sowers did not disappoint, scoring four goals and adding four helpers on his way to an eight-point day against High Point. He added another four points in an overtime win against Loyola and propelled Duke to yet another Final Four appearance under coach Danowski.

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Women’s 2021 Tewaaraton Finalists:

Lizzie Colson, Maryland – Grad. Student, Defense
Taylor Moreno, North Carolina – Sr., Goalie
Charlotte North, Boston College – Sr., Attack
Jamie Ortega, North Carolina – Sr., Attack
Izzy Scane, Northwestern – Jr., Attack

My Prediction: Izzy Scane. The women’s award is a lot harder to narrow down as I could see Scane, Charlotte North, and Jamie Ortega all taking home the award. Scane had a fantastic season, putting up 117 points and only ending four goals off of the single-season women’s record for goals in a season. She has all the stats in the world, leading the nation in points per game and total points, and she is tied with North for the most goals at 94. Northwestern is the number one scoring offense in the country, averaging over 20 goals a game, and a large part of that offense is Scane’s elite goal-scoring ability.

Dark Horse: Charlotte North. The Boston College attacker has been a bright spot for this Eagles team since she arrived in Chestnut Hill. North had a great statistical season, scoring 94 goals and adding 11 assists. Boston College has been a consistent contender in the college lacrosse playoffs, making it to the championship game three years in a row, but the team came up short in every game. North propelled BC to their fourth straight Final Four appearance and looks to bring the Eagles the victory they have previously failed to attain. In three games this postseason, North has scored 23 goals, 40% of the total postseason goals scored by the Eagles. North draws the opponent’s top defenseman in every game, but she has shown that she can score at will no matter who is covering her.

The semifinal games will be played on Friday for the women and Saturday for the men. On Friday, #4 Boston College takes on #1 UNC, and #2 Northwestern plays #3 Syracuse. On the men’s side, matchups on Saturday will be between #1 UNC vs #4 Virginia and #2 Duke vs #3 Maryland. With both championship games on Memorial Day, we should have a clear picture of who will be taking home the award come Tuesday.

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