Despite arguably the best offensive season in the history of Division I women’s lacrosse, Stony Brook junior Kylie Ohlmiller watched as Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg was named the 2017 Tewaaraton Award winner Thursday night at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Stukenberg led Maryland to an NCAA championship and a 13-12 win over the Seawolves in the tournament quarterfinals. Maryland’s Matt Rambo was named the male recipient.
Ohlmiller, Stony Brook’s first Tewaaraton finalist, electrified crowds at LaValle Stadium with highlight-reel goals, establishing herself as one of the premier talents in Division I. She led Stony Brook to a program-best No. 2 national ranking by US Lacrosse Magazine in the season’s final poll as a result of her gaudy offensive numbers.
She tallied 164 points, shattering the single-season record of 148 set by Maryland’s Jen Adams in 2001. Her 86 assists also set an NCAA single-season mark.
Possibly her best performance came in that 13-12 loss to Maryland. She had three goals and four assists while defended by Farmingdale’s Nadine Hadnagy, another Tewaaraton finalist, and had the Seawolves within minutes of the biggest win in program history.
Perhaps what best secured her candidacy as a finalist was her work off the field, taking significant time after each home game to sign autographs for the team’s young fans. Her signature eye-black design was used as a SnapChat filter at the stadium, and her desire to be a role model for local girls lacrosse players exemplified her impact on the game’s growth.
With Stony Brook scheduled to host the Final Four next year, Ohlmiller, of Islip, has the supporting cast in her upcoming senior season to potentially capture a championship at home.
Stukenberg had 53 goals, 31 assists, 48 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers this season. Rambo had 42 goals, 45 assists and 30 ground balls.
Other women’s finalists were Olivia Hompe (Princeton) and Marie McCool (North Carolina).
Trevor Baptiste (Denver), Connor Fields (Albany), Ben Reeves (Yale) and Patrick Spencer (Loyola) were the other men’s finalists.