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Rambo, Stukenberg win Tewaaraton Awards

Maryland seniors Zoe Stukenberg and Matt Rambo became the first players from the same school to win the Tewaaraton Award since it’s inception in 2001.

As if the 2017 college lacrosse season could have gotten any sweeter after claiming both the men’s and women’s National Championships on back-to-back days, it just did.

The Maryland lacrosse program followed up their sweep of the National Championships with a sweet of the Tewaaraton winners, given to the best men’s and women’s college lacrosse players annually. Maryland senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg won the women’s Tewaaratwon Award while senior attackman Matt Rambo earned the award on the men’s side.

Stukenberg brings the women’s Tewaaraton Award to College Park for a sixth-straight year as the fifth Terps to claim the award since it was first given in 2001. Stukenberg joins a list of Terps that include inaugural recipient Jen Adams (2001), Caitlyn McFadden (2010), Katie Schwarzmann (2012 and 2013) and Taylor Cummings (2014-2016).

Stukenberg was the heart and soul of the undefeated Terps and served as co-captain with fellow Tewaaraton Award Finalist Nadine Hadnagy. Stukenberg finished second on Maryland with 53 goals and 84 points and third on the team with 31 assists. She also led the team with 48 ground balls and was second with 74 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers.

“To my 2017 Terps, this isn’t my award, this is your award,” Stukenberg said on the podium after being named the winner. “I’m so proud of what we did and how we did it. Thank you all for the most unbelievable journey.”

Rambo not only helped bring Maryland their first National Championship since 1975, but he also became the first Tewaaraton Award winner from Maryland. This year he became the Terps program’s all-time leader in career points and goals. This year he became the first Terps player to post a 40-goal, 40-assist season as he led the team with 42 scores and 45 helpers. Rambo also scooped up 30 ground balls.

Rambo finished his career with 257 points, surpassing Bob Boneillo’s total of 231 points accumulated from 1977-80. He topped Joe Walter’s 153 goals scored from 2003-06, with 155 over his four-year career. He ranks seventh in program history with 102 career goals.

“I’m so honored and excited to win this award. I’d like to thank the Tewaaraton committee and all my coaches and teammates and family. I wouldn’t be here without them.” Rambo said after receiving his award. “This has been a great year for Maryland lacrosse.”

Maryland is the first program to win both the men’s and women’s Tewaaraton Awards since its inception.

Earlier in the day before winning the award, Stukenberg was named a finalist for the Honda Award, which is given to the top women’s athletes from each of the 21 NCAA sanctioned women’s sports. The winner of the award, which will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools, will be a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2017 Honda Cup. Those awards will be presented in downtown Los Angeles and over live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26.

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