Matt Rambo has been the straw that stirs the drink for Maryland over the past few years.
On Thursday, the Terrapin attackman was named one of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. The annual honor is given to the top player in college lacrosse and will be announced on June 1.
Rambo joins Trevor Baptiste (Denver), Connor Fields (Albany), Ben Reeves (Yale), and Patrick Spencer (Loyola Md.) as the finalists for the award.
The Glenside (Pa.) native is only the second Terp to ever be named a finalist for the prestigious trophy. Joe Walters made the final group in 2006, but didn’t win the award.
In 2017, Rambo had a sensational campaign as he registered 34 goals and 33 assists. The Maryland star also leads the Big Ten in points-per-game and assists-per-game.
“The Tewaaraton Foundation congratulates these 10 finalists that have been chosen by our selection committees from such an amazing pool of talented players this season,” Tewaaraton Foundation chairman Jeffrey Harvey said. “We look forward to welcoming each of them and their families to Washington, D.C., on June 1, and we look forward to following along throughout the playoffs to see who emerges in this wide-open race.”
Rambo recently broke Maryland’s all-time point record against Johns Hopkins on April 29. Bob Boneillo had previously held the record, which was set 37 years ago.
The Terps are the top seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, which begins this coming weekend. Rambo also produced a three-point performance against Ohio State, which gave Maryland its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship.
If Rambo leads Maryland to a national title, that’ll certainly boost his chances and perhaps bring the first ever Tewaaraton Award to College Park.