College Lacrosse: Predicting the Men's Tewaaraton Award Winner

Ryan Heidrich@@Ryan_HeidrichCorrespondent IIMay 31, 2012

College Lacrosse: Predicting the Men's Tewaaraton Award Winner

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    Now that the dust from the 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse tournament has settled and Loyola has finished its improbable run to a national championship, it is time to hand out the most prestigious award in Lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the nation's best lacrosse player. The award will be handed out on Thursday May 31 at The National Museum of American Indians.

    This year, the award finalists come from four different conferences; the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Patriot League, The Colonial Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The five candidates are all deserving of the award after all having sensational seasons.

    Here is a breakdown of every award finalist and a final prediction of who will win the coveted award.

Peter Baum

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    Goals: 67

    Assists: 30

    Awards: Set Colgate and the Patriot League record in both goals and assists, 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, 97 most points in a NCAA Division I play since 2008, 1st team USILA All American, USILA Division I Outstanding Player of the Year.

    Baum brought home a ton of hardware following his sensational junior year. The do-it-all attackman who hails from Portland, Ore., was dominant all season, posting one of the best stat lines in Division I lacrosse history.

    Baum was at his all-time best during the biggest games of the year, posting 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists in the Patriot League Tournament. Colgate wound up losing to Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

C.J. Costabile

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    Ground Balls: 144

    Caused Turnovers: 21

    Faceoff: 143-272 (52 percent)

    Awards: Lowe's Senior Class award, ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, 2012 Academic All-American, USILA Division I Outstanding Midfielder, USILA first All-American LSM.

    Costabile is a beast in the midfield, the Duke senior did it all for the Blue Devils in the 2012 season. He is best known for his ability as the face-off X, and his 52 percent on draws is much lower than the percentage that Duke got the ball.

    If Costabile got beat on the draw, he would react by causing a turnover on the opposing face-off man or wing player, and Duke would be going the other way. He's extremely talented on the offensive side of the ball for a LSM, especially in transition. Duke is going to have a huge hole to fill next year with No. 9 graduating.

Will Manny

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    Goals: 44

    Assists: 33

    Awards: USILA First Team All-American, New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Year, 2012 CAA Player of the Year Honors

    Will Manny is a savvy junior attackman who hales from St. Anthony's High School in New York.  He paced the UMass offense and was essential in reaching their undefeated regular season record.

    He ranks in the top-6 in the nation of goals with 2.87 goals per game and assists at 2.13 per contest. He scored on 54 percent of the shots that he took as he added four game winning goals to this resume.

Mike Sawyer

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    Goals: 52

    Assists: 10

    Awards: USILA Second Team All American, first team All-ECAC performer.

    Sawyer is another junior attackman who had a tremendous 2012 campaign. He led the Loyola Greyhounds to a ECAC championship as well as the NCAA Division I National Championship. As one of the best finishers in the nation, he averaged three goals a game during the regular season which ranks as the third best in the country.

Steele Stanwick

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    Goals: 29

    Assists: 51

    Awards: USILA first team All-American, USILA Attackman of the year, ACC player of the year, 2011 Tewaaraton Winner.

    Stanwick is one of UVA's all time great players in their storied lacrosse history. The 2011 Tewaarton winner will be looking to repeat as the winner, something no one has done since Mike Powell won it in 2002 and 2004. Stanwick was Virginia's quarterback on offense; everything ran through him and he had total control over the offense.

    He put up strong numbers despite being hobbled with injuries all season. Facing double teams almost every game hurt his goal count but raised his assist numbers. Stanwick had seven points (two goals and five assists) in his last collegiate game, a quarterfinal lost to Notre Dame.


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    2012 Tewaaraton Winner: Peter Baum 

    Peter Baum will win the 2012 Tewaaraton award because he had one of the best seasons we have ever seen in college lacrosse and carried Colgate to their first NCAA tournament win in school history with a victory against UMass.

    Having already won the 2012 USILA player of the year award and leading the nation in points, Baum is the most deserving of this award. Although he did not carry his team to championship weekend, the Tewaaraton should not become an award given to the best player on the national championship team.

    Baum had the best individual season out of all the candidates and that is why he will be the first Colgate player to hoist the Tewaaraton.