Tewaaraton Trophy

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The Tewaaraton Trophy
Awarded for To honor the most outstanding male and female collegiate players, and to recognize the Native American heritage of the sport of lacrosse
Location University Club of Washington, D.C., Washington, District of Columbia
Presented by University Club of Washington, D.C., Tewaaraton Foundation (2001–current)
First awarded 2001

The Tewaaraton Trophy is an award given annually, since 2001, to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. It is the lacrosse equivalent of football's Heisman Trophy. The trophy is presented by The Tewaaraton Foundation and the University Club of Washington, D.C.. One trophy is presented to the top men's player, and one trophy is presented to the top women's player each year. The 2014 Awards Ceremony was held at the National Museum of the American Indian

Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports played in North America and the award honors the Native American heritage of lacrosse in the name of its trophy, "Tewaaraton," the Mohawk name for their game and the progenitor of present day lacrosse. The Tewaaraton Trophy has received the endorsement of the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders. Each year, the award recognizes one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora tribes. 2010 celebrates the "Year of the Seneca."


The trophy is a bronze sculpture depicting a Mohawk native playing lacrosse. It was designed and created by Frederick Kail with the assistance of Thomas Vennum, Jr., a renowned Native American lacrosse historian and author, who consulted with Kail to ensure the trophy's historical authenticity.[1] The 12-inch figure is mounted upon a hexagon-shaped slab of black granite and polished Cocobolo wood. The hexagonal base symbolizes the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora tribes. With some minor decorative exceptions, the stick is a replica of a pre-1845 Cayuga stick belonging to the grandfather of Alexander T. General of the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. This stick was an original predecessor of the modern-day lacrosse stick.

Nomination process[edit]

Players are nominated for the award by coaches from all three NCAA divisions during the collegiate season. All Watch List nominees are then screened and selected by two Selection Committees. The Selection Committees are composed of collegiate coaches, one committee for the men and one committee for the women. At the conclusion of the season the selection committees meet to rank the top five male and female finalists. The finalists are then invited to the Awards Banquet, where the Tewaaraton trophy winners are announced. In addition to recognizing the top men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse players, the Tewaaraton Award also recognizes the High School All-Tewaaraton team for both boys and girls lacrosse. This is a regional team which is composed of the best players from both private and public schools in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia area.


There is debate in the lacrosse community as to whether the Tewaaraton Trophy is actually an outstanding player award or whether it should be called a postseason award. The controversy stems from the fact that the awards is usually given to a player who plays well during the season-ending NCAA tournament and from a team which is the winner or runner up in the NCAA Tournament.[2] The Lt. Raymond Enners Award is the official NCAA Outstanding Player of the Year Award selected by the NCAA coaches, and the Tewaaraton Trophy recipient has not been the same as the Raymond Enners Award recipient in 5 out of the first 11 years that the Tewaaraton was awarded.[3] Since then, there has been more agreement between the two awards. Both awards in 2012 and 2013 were won by the same individual, and the 2014 Enners Award went to one of the two brothers who shared that season's Tewaaraton Trophy.

Tewaaraton Award recipients[edit]

Tewaaraton Award Recipients
Year Men's Winner School Position Women's Winner School Position
2001 Doug Shanahan Hofstra Midfield Jen Adams Maryland Attack
2002 Mike Powell Syracuse Attack Erin Elbe Georgetown Attack
2003 Chris Rotelli Virginia Midfield Rachael Becker Princeton Defense
2004 Mike Powell Syracuse Attack Amy Appelt Virginia Attack
2005 Kyle Harrison Johns Hopkins Midfield Katie Chrest Duke Attack
2006 Matt Ward Virginia Attack Kristen Kjellman Northwestern Midfield
2007 Matt Danowski Duke Attack Kristen Kjellman Northwestern Midfield
2008 Mike Leveille Syracuse Attack Hannah Nielsen Northwestern Midfield
2009 Max Seibald Cornell Midfield Hannah Nielsen Northwestern Midfield
2010 Ned Crotty Duke Attack Caitlyn McFadden Maryland Midfield
2011 Steele Stanwick Virginia Attack Shannon Smith Northwestern Attack
2012 Peter Baum Colgate Attack Katie Schwarzmann Maryland Midfield
2013 Rob Pannell Cornell Attack Katie Schwarzmann Maryland Midfield
2014 Lyle Thompson Albany Attack Taylor Cummings Maryland Midfield
Miles Thompson
2015 Lyle Thompson Albany Attack Taylor Cummings Maryland Midfield

Native American Scholarship Program[edit]

Since 2007, The Tewaaraton Award has given over $50,000 in scholarships to Native American high school lacrosse players through its Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship Program.[4] The $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually on a highly competitive basis to one Native American female and one Native American male lacrosse player who are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe with their collegiate tuition. All awards are not only based on the student's athletic performance, but also on their merit, academic achievement, and ambition.

Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship Recipients
Year Men's winner Tribe Women's winner Tribe
2007 Alexander Jimerson Seneca Nation of Indians Mia McKie Tuscarora Indian Nation
2008 Emmett Printup Tuscarora Indian Nation Corinne Abrams Tuscarora Indian Nation
2009 Isaac "Ike" Hopper Onondaga Nation Trenna Hill Mohawk Descent
2012 Bradley Thomas Tuscarora Indian Nation Marissa Haring Seneca Nation of Indians


  1. ^ "Tewaaraton Award: The Trophy". TewaaratonAward.org. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  2. ^ Men's Lacrosse: Player of the Year Watch
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Tewaaraton Award: Outstanding Native American High School Award Winners". TewaaratonAward.org. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

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