May 14, 2013

Tewaaraton Watch: Pannell Leads the Race

by Lacrosse Magazine staff | | Twitter | Related: Men's Watch

Rob Pannell with National Lacrosse Hall of Famer and 2012 Spirit of the Tewaaraton Award winner Richie Moran after the Big Red's win on Sunday.
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There's only a little more than two weeks left until the men's and women's Tewaaraton Awards are handed out at the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

The races are on the minds of Lacrosse Magazine staff. Here's how the men's finalists rank in our poll ahead of quarterfinal weekend.

Players were given five points for each first-place vote, four for each second-place vote and on down the line.

1. Rob Pannell, Cornell, R-Sr. A
25 points (5 first-place votes)

Pannell had a monster game against Maryland, a team with a highly-regarded defense, to lead the Big Red to a first-round win. He had four goals and three assists, including a back-handed, highlight-reel score that had a SportsCenter Top 10 argument. Pannell has 40 goals and 47 assists for 87 points this season. He also moved within 14 points of tying Matt Danowski's NCAA career points record of 353, although the Tewaaraton is a single-season award, not a career appreciation.

2. Marcus Holman, North Carolina, Sr. A
19 points (0 first-place votes)

The ACC Player of the Year had one goal and four assists in North Carolina's first-round win over Lehigh. For the season, Holman has 37 goals, 42 assists for 79 points, and 23 ground balls. If he can help lead the Tar Heels out of its NCAA title drought, Holman's stock will only improve.

3. Lyle Thompson, Albany, So. A
16 points (0)

Thompson had five points in Albany's 19-14 loss at Denver in the first round. He finishes the year one point shy of Steve Marahol's all-time single-season NCAA points record of 114.

4. JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Sr. M
8 points (0)

The Big East Midfielder of the Year had one goal, one assist and one caused turnover in Syracuse's 12-7 win over Bryant in the first round on Sunday. Marasco has 19 goals, 26 assists for 55 points this year.

5. Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Jr. M
7 points (0)

The first-team All-Ivy pick led Princeton in scoring for a third straight season, with a team-high 32 assists and 60 points. The Tigers were a bubble team down the stretch and did not make the NCAA tournament.

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