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Virginia's Glading among Tewaaraton finalists

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This was not a season to envy the committee that pares down the Tewaaraton Award list.

Unsurprisingly, the five finalists are almost entirely from highly seeded teams in this month’s NCAA tournament: Virginia’s Danny Glading, Syracuse’s Matt Abbott, Duke’s Ned Crotty and Cornell’s Max Seibald. There’s also Bryant attackman Zack Greer, who only played in three final fours while at Duke.

Here’s a rundown of each guy:

* Glading: 24 goals, 27 assists, .279 shooting pct.
* Crotty: 20 goals, 45 assists, .274 shooting pct.
* Abbott: 12 goals, 6 assists, .194 shooting pct., team-high 63 GB
* Seibald: 23 goals, 9 assists, .256 shooting pct., 39 GB
* Greer: 42 goals, 26 assists, .365 shooting pct., 44 GB

Greer obviously had a fantastic season for Bryant, which is in the process of transitioning up to Division I. Frankly, it was even better than expected, so much credit to him. Still, the Bulldogs didn’t play nearly as difficult a schedule, and as a result those numbers have to be looked at a little more judiciously.

As for the other four guys, Abbott is a do-everything sort, and Glading and Seibald have been stars for seemingly forever.

Crotty, though, should be considered the favorite at this point. With Greer and Matt Danowski leaving Duke, it was questionable whether the Blue Devils would have enough to pair with holdover Max Quinzani. Turned out Crotty was superb, and perhaps the nation’s most valuable player (if not the best overall).

As for snubs? Not really seeing one. Maybe North Carolina’s Billy Bitter? Maybe. Or perhaps one of the top two goalies in the nation (Notre Dame’s Scott Rodgers and Massachusetts’ Doc Schneider). Certainly they’re legitimate options as well.

But for the most part, this race is about where it was before: up in the air. Well, except for the fact the list was cut by three quarters. And if one of the four guys still playing winds up hauling around a trophy in Foxboro(ugh) on Memorial Day, chances are he’ll clutch another one a few days later in D.C.

Patrick Stevens

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