Editor’s note: Get to familiar with the 2017 Women’s Finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman of Lacrosse.
Nadine Hadnagy, Sr, Maryland
Maryland co-captain Nadine Hadnagy anchored a Terrapin defense that ranks 16th nationally this year with just 9.21 goals allowed. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Tournament team selection, Hadnagy leads Maryland with 23 caused turnovers and is third with 25 ground balls. Often matched against opposing teams’ top attackers, Hadnagy has led the Terps to a 19-0 record, including the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hadnagy is one of 19 Tewaaraton finalists from the University of Maryland dating back to the award’s 2001 beginning.
Olivia Hompe, Sr, Princeton (pictured above)
Princeton senior Olivia Hompe leads the nation in goals per game (4.12) and is third in points per game (6.06). She has 103 points this season and 70 goals, both of which are Tigers’ single-season records. This year she became Princeton’s all-time leading scorer and goal-scorer with 278 career points and 193 career goals. Hompe was named the Ivy League Attacker of the Year, while also earning unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and Ivy League All-Tournament team honors. She helped lead the Tigers to both the conference regular-season and tournament titles and earn the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hompe is Princeton’s sixth Tewaaraton finalist and first since 2005, and looks to become the Tigers’ second Tewaaraton winner.
Marie McCool, Jr, North Carolina
The 2017 ACC Midfielder of the Year is one of two current college players on the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the FIL World Cup this summer. She has done it all for the Tar Heels this year, putting up eight points twice, while ranking second on the 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). She is North Carolina’s sixth Tewaaraton finalist and seeks to be the Heels’ first Tewaaraton winner.
Kylie Ohlmiller, Jr, Stony Brook
Stony Brook junior attacker Kylie Ohlmiller has paced the Stony Brook offense and the nation in scoring in 2017 to lead the Seawolves the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The junior enters postseason play needing four points to break Jen Adams’ Division I single-season points record of 148 set in 2001. Ohlmiller is the first player in Division I history with 70 goals and 70 assists in a season and was named America East Offensive Player of the Year and America East Championship Most Outstanding Player. Ohlmiller is the first female Tewaaraton finalist from the America East Conference.
Zoe Stukenberg, Sr, Maryland
Maryland senior midfielder and co-captain Zoe Stukenberg led the Terps to a 19-0 record, including the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The senior was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Tournament team honoree. A threat across the field, Stukenberg ranks in the top three of every statistical category for the Terps, including 44 goals, 22 assists, 66 points, 42 ground balls, 62 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers – all of which are career highs. She looks to continue the Terrapins’ five-year run of Tewaaraton winners (Katie Schwarzmann, 2012-13; Taylor Cummings, 2014-16).