Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/17
From Press Release and Staff Report
Maryland senior attackman Matt Rambo has climbed the ladder to the highest levels in the past few weeks – and tonight he reached a plateau never achieved before by a Philly men’s lacrosse player.
The graduate of La Salle College High who played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club tonight was just honored as the 2017 Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation’s top college player, the first time a Philly man has received the award. The award was presented at the Natural Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Rambo led the Terrapins to their first National championship since 1975 Sunday when they toppled Ohio State, 9-6, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Rambo – who earned first-team All-American – earned all-tournament honors and set many records along the way.
Rambo had 42 goals and 45 assists this year. Just recently Rambo (155 goals) broke Joe Walters’ program goal scoring record (153). He will also go down as the program’s all-time leader in points, in addition to being the only player in program history to record 40 goals and 30 assists (and he has done it two straight years).
Rambo was the Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year in 2013 when he led La Salle to the PIAA championship. He is the second Philly player ever to win the coveted award; Princeton’s Rachael Becker (Marple Newtown) won it in 2003. Rambo also is the first player in Maryland’s storied history to win the Tewaaraton.
Rambo’s coach at La Salle, Bill Leahy, was thrilled for him:
“First wow!” said Leahy. “We’re awfully proud of him and very happy for his family. It was well deserved in all fronts, especially with his growth as a person and a student athlete. As a lacrosse player he was honored in so any ways; now this doesn’t get much better for Matt, his family and La Salle College High and La Salle lacrosse as well.”
Leahy said Rambo’s growth as a player – he became a brilliant passer and scorer from all areas of the field – and person can be traced to his roots.
“He grew into a very versatile lacrosse player and that’s a credit to his two cultures; La Salle is about your brothers and the team and Maryland is the same way,” he said. “When you put the team first it ends up coming back to you anyway.”
Rambo’s club coach, Ebe Helm, also expressed his congratulations to Rambo, who was a Dukes captain and has served as a volunteer coach with the Duke’s Young Guns and Nationals with Austin Pifani (Abington, North Carolina All-American).
“A huge congrats to Matt on winning the Tewaaraton Trophy as college’s best Men’s Player in 2017,” Helm said. “Matt is so deserving and represents the best of what Duke’s Lacrosse Club embraces in terms of being ‘Philly Tough’ and spiritually strong.
“Matt is also everything a young boy should emulate as he continues to give guidance and mentoring back as a coach to the Duke’s Young Guns and Duke’s Nationals Lacrosse Programs, amplifying the character and heart of who Matt is as both a person and a contributor to the lacrosse community.
“Matt, from his early days as an Abington Youth Lacrosse player, was special. His heart, dedication and drive were and are unmatched and along with his best buddy, Austin Pifani (Captain with Matt, UNC captain and and 1st Team All American) were driven to be the best on college’s biggest stage.
“Matt has always thrived under the pressure of lacrosse’s biggest moments and it’s been exciting to watch him fight adversity and climb the ladder to be the best as both a player and person.
“A huge Congrats to Matt’s mom and dad, Annette and Rich, as well as brother Rich and his extended family who have guided him and created the foundation for Matt to grow and excel.
“Congrats also to Bill Leahy, Tony Resch and the La Salle High School program; and coach John Tillman and the Maryland University program for such an incredible honor for Matt, his family and the Duke’s extended family who all love Matt and send him huge congrats.”
Year Winner Position School
2017 Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC) Attack University of Maryland
2016 Dylan Molloy Attack Brown University
2015 Lyle Thompson Attack University at Albany
2014 Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson Attack University at Albany
2013 Rob Pannell Attack Cornell University
2012 Peter Baum Attack Colgate University
2011 Steele Stanwick Attack University of Virginia
2010 Ned Crotty Attack Duke University
2009 Max Seibald Midfield Cornell University
2008 Mike Leveille Attack Syracuse University
2007 Matt Danowski Attack Duke University
2006 Matt Ward Attack University of Virginia
2005 Kyle Harrison Midfield Johns Hopkins University
2004 Michael Powell Attack Syracuse University
2003 Chris Rotelli Midfield University of Virginia
2002 Michael Powell Attack Syracuse University
2001 Doug Shanahan Midfield Hofstra University
Year Winner Position School
2017 Zoe Stukenberg, University of Maryland
2016 Taylor Cummings Midfield University of Maryland
2015 Taylor Cummings Midfield University of Maryland
2014 Taylor Cummings Midfield University of Maryland
2013 Katie Schwarzmann Midfield University of Maryland
2012 Katie Schwarzmann Midfield University of Maryland
2011 Shannon Smith Attack Northwestern University
2010 Caitlyn McFadden Midfield University of Maryland
2009 Hannah Nielsen Midfield Northwestern University
2008 Hannah Nielsen Midfield Northwestern University
2007 Kristen Kjellman Midfield Northwestern University
2006 Kristen Kjellman Midfield Northwestern University
2005 Katie Chrest Attack Duke University
2004 Amy Appelt Midfield University of Virginia
2003 Rachael Becker (Marple Newtown) Defense Princeton University
2002 Erin Elbe Attack Georgetown University
2001 Jen Adams Attack University of Maryland