The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced Northwestern attacker Izzy Scane and Duke attackman Brennan O’Neill as the women’s and men’s winners of the 2023 Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top female and top male college lacrosse players in the United States.
The NCAA Tournament MVP for national champion Northwestern, Scane finished her impressive comeback season as the Wildcats’ single-season record-holder with 99 goals and sitting atop Division I with 4.95 goals and 6.7 points per game. The Big 10 Attacker of the Year and 2021 Tewaaraton Finalist (before sitting out 2022 with an injury) averaged eight points per game over NU’s final three games of the playoffs. The grad student from Clarkston, Michigan (Cranbrook Kingswood) is the fourth Tewaaraton winner from Northwestern, joining Kristen Kjellman (2006, 2007), Hannah Nielsen (2008, 2009), and Shannon Smith (2011).
Scane was joined by fellow 2023 Tewaaraton Finalists, grad student Jenn Medjid (Boston College), senior Erin Coykendall (Northwestern), junior Isabella Peterson (James Madison), and grad student Meaghan Tyrrell (Syracuse).
On the men’s side, O’Neill, the 2023 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Final with a career-high 95 points, good for first in Division I. O’Neill was named the USILA Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner after placing second nationally with 5.28 points per game, 16th with 3.00 goals per game and 14th with 2.28 assists per game. The junior from Bay Shore, N.Y. (St. Anthony’s) is the third Blue Devil to win the Tewaaraton Award, joining current Duke assistant coach Matt Danowski (2007) and Ned Crotty (2010).
O’Neill was joined by fellow 2023 Tewaaraton Finalists, grad student Tucker Dordevic (Georgetown), senior Pat Kavanagh (Notre Dame), junior C.J. Kirst (Cornell), and Virginia senior Connor Shellenberger (Cornell).
“This was an electrifying season of college lacrosse marked by the great skill, athleticism, and grit of the student-athletes, and we’re so proud to honor the two judged by our Selection Committees to be the best among them – Izzy Scane and Brennan O’Neill,” said Tewaaraton Foundation President Andy Phillips. “The talent and determination they displayed in leading their teams this season – Izzy leading Northwestern to the national title and Brennan helping take Duke to the NCAA Final – was inspiring, and we congratulate them on truly special seasons.”
The selection committees are composed of 16 men’s and 18 women’s current college coaches, and are chaired by US Lacrosse National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coaches Jack Emmer (men’s) and Alicia Groveston (women’s).
Guidelines for finalists and recipient selections are as follows:
- Finalists will be the best five players chosen, without regard to institution.
- Finalists will be selected based on individual performance and a player’s contribution to the success of their team.
- Finalists are chosen based on the current year’s regular-season performance (date of selection is at the conclusion of the regular season, before the playoffs).
- Recipients are chosen based on the current year’s regular season and playoff performance.
- Sportsmanship can play a role in the selection process, and it is important that the recipient upholds the mission and values of the Tewaaraton Award.
The 2023 Tewaaraton Watch Lists were first unveiled Feb. 10, with additions announced March 9 and March 30 and the nominees announced April 20. The five men’s and five women’s finalists were announced May 11.
|2022||Logan Wisnauskas||Attack||University of Maryland|
|2021||Jared Bernhardt||Attack||University of Maryland|
|2019||Patrick Spencer||Attack||Loyola University|
|2018||Ben Reeves||Attack||Yale University|
|2017||Matt Rambo||Attack||University of Maryland|
|2016||Dylan Molloy||Attack||Brown University|
|2015||Lyle Thompson||Attack||University at Albany|
|2014||Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson||Attack||University at Albany|
|2013||Rob Pannell||Attack||Cornell University|
|2012||Peter Baum||Attack||Colgate University|
|2011||Steele Stanwick||Attack||University of Virginia|
|2010||Ned Crotty||Midfield||Duke University|
|2009||Max Seibald||Attack||Cornell University|
|2008||Mike Leveille||Attack||Syracuse University|
|2007||Matt Danowski||Attack||Duke University|
|2006||Matt Ward||Attack||University of Virginia|
|2005||Kyle Harrison||Midfield||Johns Hopkins University|
|2004||Michael Powell||Attack||Syracuse University|
|2003||Chris Rotelli||Midfield||University of Virginia|
|2002||Michael Powell||Attack||Syracuse University|
|2001||Doug Shanahan||Midfield||Hofstra University|
|2022||Charlotte North||Attack||Boston College|
|2021||Charlotte North||Attack||Boston College|
|2019||Megan Taylor||Goalie||University of Maryland|
|2018||Sam Apuzzo||Attack||Boston College|
|2017||Zoe Stukenberg||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2016||Taylor Cummings||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2015||Taylor Cummings||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2014||Taylor Cummings||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2013||Katie Schwarzmann||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2012||Katie Schwarzmann||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2011||Shannon Smith||Attack||Northwestern University|
|2010||Caitlyn McFadden||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|2009||Hannah Nielsen||Midfield||Northwestern University|
|2008||Hannah Nielsen||Midfield||Northwestern University|
|2007||Kristen Kjellman||Midfield||Northwestern University|
|2006||Kristen Kjellman||Midfield||Northwestern University|
|2005||Katie Chrest||Attack||Duke University|
|2004||Amy Appelt||Midfield||University of Virginia|
|2003||Rachael Becker||Defense||Princeton University|
|2002||Erin Elbe||Attack||Georgetown University|
|2001||Jen Adams||Attack||University of Maryland|