CHAPEL HILL--North Carolina junior midfielder Marie McCool is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton award, the highest individual honor in the sport of lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Foundation announced its five men's and women's finalislts on Thursday. Five men and five women were selected as finalists and will be invited to Washington, D.C., for the 17th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on June 1.
The five women's finalists are McCool, Maryland senior defender Nadine Hadnagy, Princeton senior attacker Olivia Hompe, Stony Brook junior attacker Kylie Ohlmiller and Maryland senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg.
“The Tewaaraton Foundation congratulates these 10 finalists that have been chosen by our selection committees from such an amazing pool of talented players this season,” said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming each of them and their families to Washington, D.C., on June 1, and we look forward to following along throughout the playoffs to see who emerges in this wide-open race.”
McCool is the sixth Tar Heel to be a Tewaaraton finalist, joining Christine McPike (2002), Amber Falcone (2009), Jen Russell (2010), Becky Lynch (2012) and Kara Cannizzaro (2013).
Senior Molly Hendrick, the 2017 ACC Attacker of the Year, was one of the top 25 Tewaaraton nominees.
Six Carolina players, most of any school in the nation, led the initial Tewaaraton Watch List prior to the season: Hendrick, McCool, junior Maggie Bill, senior Carly Reed, senior Sammy Jo Tracy and senior Caylee Waters. In early April, junior Ela Hazar was added to the list.
McCool Bio Notes: The 2017 ACC Midfielder of the Year ... First-team All-ACC ... Named to the 2017 All-ACC Tournament Team ... One of two current college players on the 2017 US Lacrosse World Cup team ... Ranks second on the UNC team in goals (42), third in points (58), third in assists (16), second in ground balls (30), second in draw controls (48), second in free position goals (14), second in shots (121) and first in caused turnovers (18).