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A Maryland fan’s guide to the 2018 Tewaaraton Award ceremony

Two Terps are up for the most prestigious award in college lacrosse.

NCAA Lacrosse: Men's Lacrosse Championship Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Megan Whittle and Connor Kelly are both nominees for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, which will be handed out at Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian Thursday. The ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on LaxAllStar’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter account and on the Tewaaraton’s website.

Kelly and Whittle will join four other men’s and women’s nominees for the award, which has been given to the most outstanding player in men’s and women’s lacrosse, respectively, since 2001. Maryland’s Jen Adams, Caitlyn McFadden, Katie Schwarzmann, Taylor Cummings and Zoe Stukenberg have combined for eight of the 17 awards on the women’s side, while Matt Rambo became the first Maryland men’s lacrosse player to win the award last year.

Although both Kelly and Whittle had excellent seasons, neither is the favorite to win the award. Kelly’s 46 goals and 82 points were the eighth and third most in a single season, but pale in comparison to Yale’s Ben Reeves (62 goals, 53 assists) and Duke’s Justin Guterding (66 goals, 47 assists). Despite Reeves and Guterding putting up similar numbers, Reeves is considered the heavy favorite to win the award.

On the women’s side, the picture is a little more murky, and Whittle isn’t involved. Despite tallying 84 goals, 15 assists and 42 draw controls, the all-time goals leader in Maryland lacrosse history didn’t make enough of an impact all over the field to win the award. Boston College’s Sam Apuzzo appears to be the favorite after finishing the 2018 season with a ridiculous line of 88 goals, 41 assists, 163 draw controls, 45 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. North Carolina’s Marie McCool (61G, 23A, 165 DC, 35 GB, 23 CT) fits the two-way player mold Tewaaraton voters love and James Madison’s Kristen Gaudian (80G, 16A, 79 DC) could also be in the mix after leading the Dukes to their first-ever national championship.