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*This article is part one of a three-part series that will analyze how Schmeisser and Turnbull Award winners have fared in head-to-head battles.*
The William C. Schmeisser Award has been given out to the most outstanding defenseman each year since 1942 and the Jack Turnbull Award has been given out to the top attackman each year since 1946. And oftentimes, the winners of these awards have gone head-to-head in games during the years that they won those awards.
But how often has the happened? Who won the one-on-one matchup? What was the outcome of the game?
In this first part of a three-part series that dives into the results of head-to-head matchups between Schmeisser and Turnbull Award winners, two decades will be dissected (1946-1955, 1956-1965).
Before looking to answer those three questions above, here is a list of all-time winners for both awards.
|Schmeisser Award||Turnbull Award|
|1943||George Riepe||Johns Hopkins|
|1944||Fred Allner, Jr.||Cornell|
|1946||Bob Fetters||Maryland||1946||Stu McLean||Navy|
|1947||Fred Allner, Jr.||Princeton||1947||Brooke Tunstall||Johns Hopkins|
|1948||John McEnery||Army||1948||Brooke Tunstall||Johns Hopkins|
|1949||Lloyd Bunting||Johns Hopkins||1949||Lee Chambers||Navy|
|1950||Kin Yellott||Yale||1950||Oliver Shepard||Johns Hopkins|
|1951||Joe Sollers||Johns Hopkins||1951||Don Hahn||Princeton|
|1952||Bill Hubbell||Maryland||1952||Gordy Jones||Virginia|
|1953||Jack Johnson||Army||1953||Buzzy Budnitz||Johns Hopkins|
|1954||Stan Swanson||Navy||1954||Rennie Smith||Maryland|
|1955||John Raster||Navy||1955||Percy Williams||Navy|
|1956||John Simmons||Maryland||1956||Hezzy Howard||Washington College|
|1957||Ben Glyphis||Army||1957||Jack Daut||Rutgers|
|1958||Walt Mitchell||Johns Hopkins||1958||Dick Corrigan||Maryland|
|1959||Don Tillar||Army||1959||Bill Morrill||Johns Hopkins|
|1960||Bill Carpenter||Army||1960||Bob Miser||Army|
|1961||Mike Byrne||Johns Hopkins||1961||Tom Mitchell||Navy|
|1962||Bob Fuelhart||Army||1962||Jerry Schmidt||Johns Hopkins|
|1963||Mike Coughlin||Navy||1963||Ray Altman||Maryland|
|1964||Jim Campbell||Navy||1964||Jim Lewis||Navy|
|1965||Pat Donnelly||Navy||1965||Jim Lewis||Navy|
|1966||Hank Kaestner||Johns Hopkins||1966||Jim Lewis||Navy|
|1967||Hank Kaestner||Johns Hopkins||1967||Jack Heim||Maryland|
|1968||Carl Tamulevich||Navy||1968||Joe Cowan||Johns Hopkins|
|1969||Mike Clark||Johns Hopkins||1969||Joe Cowan||Johns Hopkins|
|1970||Greg Murphy||Navy||1970||Pete Cramblet||Army|
|1971||John Burnap||Cornell||1971||Tom Cafaro||Army|
|1972||Tom O’Leary||Army||1972||John Kaestner||Maryland|
|1973||Mike Thearle||Maryland||1973||Jack Thomas||Johns Hopkins|
|1974||Boo Smith||Virginia||1974||Jack Thomas||Johns Hopkins|
|1975||John Lawlor||Navy||1975||Eamon McEneaney||Cornell|
|1976||Mike Farrell||Maryland||1976||Mike French||Cornell|
|1977||Chris Kane||Cornell||1977||Mike O’Neill||Johns Hopkins|
|1978||Chris Kane||Cornell||1978||Mike O’Neill||Johns Hopkins|
|1979||Mark Greenberg||Johns Hopkins||1979||Bob Boniello||Maryland|
|1980||Mark Greenberg||Johns Hopkins||1980||Mike Buzzell||Navy|
|1981||Bob Henry||Army||1981||Jeff Cook||Johns Hopkins|
|1982||George McGeeney||UMBC||1982||Jeff Cook||Johns Hopkins|
|1983||Steve Byrne||Virginia||1983||Tim Nelson||Syracuse|
|1984||Tom Haus||North Carolina||1984||Tim Nelson||Syracuse|
|1985||John DeTommaso||Johns Hopkins||1985||Tim Nelson||Syracuse|
|1986||Tom Haus||North Carolina||1986||Roddy Marino||Virginia|
|1987||Tom Haus||North Carolina||1987||Tim Goldstein||Cornell|
|1988||Dave Pietramala||Johns Hopkins||1988||John Zulberti||Syracuse|
|1989||Dave Pietramala||Johns Hopkins||1989||John Zulberti||Syracuse|
|1990||Pat McCabe||Syracuse||1990||Greg Burns||Syracuse|
|1991||Graham Harden||North Carolina||1991||Mark Douglas||Maryland|
|1992||Brian Burlace||Maryland||1992||Darren Lowe||Brown|
|1992||David Morrow||Princeton||1993||Matt Riter||Syracuse|
|1993||David Morrow||Princeton||1994||Kevin Lowe||Princeton|
|1994||Reid Jackson||Rutgers||1995||Terry Riordan||Johns Hopkins|
|1995||Dan Radebaugh||Maryland||1996||Michael Watson||Virginia|
|1996||Tyler Hardy||Duke||1997||Jon Hess||Princeton|
|1997||Brian Kuczma||Johns Hopkins||1998||Casey Powell||Syracuse|
|1998||Christian Cook||Princeton||1999||John Grant||Delaware|
|1999||Ryan Curtis||Virginia||2000||Ryan Powell||Syracuse|
|2000||Marshall Abrams||Syracuse||2001||Michael Powell||Syracuse|
|2001||Ryan Mollett||Princeton||2002||Michael Powell||Syracuse|
|2002||John Glatzel||Syracuse||2003||Michael Powell||Syracuse|
|2003||Michael Howley||Maryland||2004||Michael Powell||Syracuse|
|2004||Lee Zink||Maryland||2005||Matt Danowski||Duke|
|2005||Brodie Merrill||Georgetown||2006||Joe Walters||Maryland|
|2006||Michael Culver||Virginia||2007||Matt Danowski||Duke|
|2007||Mitchell Belisle||Cornell||2008||Zack Greer||Duke|
|2008||Nick O’Hara||Duke||2009||Ned Crotty||Duke|
|2009||Michael Evans||Johns Hopkins||2010||Rob Pannell||Cornell|
|2011||John Lade||Syracuse||2012||Steele Stanwick||Virginia|
|2012||Tucker Durkin||Johns Hopkins||2013||Lyle Thompson||Albany|
|2013||Tucker Durkin||Johns Hopkins||2014||Lyle Thompson||Albany|
|2014||Joe Fletcher||Loyola||2015||Kevin Rice||Syracuse|
|2015||Matt Landis||Notre Dame||2016||Dylan Molloy||Brown|
|2016||Matt Landis||Notre Dame||2017||Connor Fields||Albany|
|2017||Tim Muller||Maryland||2018||Pat Spencer||Loyola|
|2018||John Sexton||Notre Dame||2019||Grant Ament||Penn State|
The further you go back in history, the more difficult it is to find available stats and film for individual games. Because of this reason, it makes it very difficult to look back at one-on-one matchups between every single winner of these two awards. So, things will be broken up and analyzed by decade and specific stats will only be provided if they are available.
1946: The 1946 season marked the first of 74 consecutive meetings between Maryland and Navy. And that ’46 matchup features eventual Schmeisser Award winner Bob Fetters (Maryland) and eventual Turnbull Award winner Stewart (Stu) McLean. Navy won the contest 11-4 and went on to be crowned national champions later that season.
1947: Princeton’s Fred Allner, Jr. won the 1947 Schmeisser Award and Johns Hopkins’ Brooke Tunstall won the Turnbull. When the two teams faced off, the Blue Jays won 8-7 in overtime. Johns Hopkins was named national champs at the end of the season.
1948: The 1948 season saw Johns Hopkins repeat as national champions and Tunstall repeat as the Turnbull Award winner, becoming the first player to ever do so. Army’s John McEnery won the Schmeisser Award that season, becoming the first of nine winners to hail from West Point. When Hopkins and Army faced each other, the Blue Jays won 11-9.
1949: Award winners did not face each other.
1950: Award winners did not face each other.
1951: During the 1951 season, Johns Hopkins’ Joe Sollers won the Schmeisser Award and Princeton’s Don Hahn won the Turnball Award. When these two squads met on the field, Princeton won 13-11. The Princeton Alumni Weekly credits Hahn with at least two goals in the second half.
1952: Maryland’s Bill Hubbell won the Schmeisser Award and Virginia’s Gordy Jones won the Turnbull Award. When they met, Maryland won 12-11. It was Virginia’s only loss that season.
1953: In 1953, Army’s Jack Johnson took home the Schmeisser Award and Johns Hopkins’ Buzzy Budnitz won the Turnbull Award. Army defeated the Blue Jays _-_ when they faced each other that season.
1954: During the 1954 season, Navy’s Stan Swanson won the Schmeisser Award and Maryland’s Rennie Smith took home the Turnbull Award. The Midshipmen went 7-0 that season, which included a 17-3 win over Maryland.
1955: Award Winners on the same team.
1956: Award winners did not face each other.
1957: In 1957, Army’s Ben Glyphis won the Schmeisser Award and Rutgers’ Jack Daut won the Turnbull Award. Army defeated Rutgers 9-4 when they faced each other in mid-April.
1958: During the 1958 season, John Hopkins’ Walt Mitchell was awarded the Schmeissier Award and Maryland’s Dick Corrigan won the Turnbull Award. Johns Hopkins defeated Maryland 11-10 that season.
1959: Award winners did not face each other.
1960: Award Winners on the same team.
1961: Johns Hopkins’ Mike Byrne won the Schmeisser Award and Navy’s Tom Mitchell won the Turnbull Award. Navy defeated Johns Hopkins 15-9 when they met head-to-head.
1962: Award winners did not face each other.
1963: During the 1963 season, Navy’s Mike Coughlin won the Schmeisser Award and Maryland’s Ray Altman won the Turnbull Award. Navy won the meeting 17-9.
1964: Award Winners on the same team.
1965: Award Winners on the same team.
1966: Two all-time greats won both awards in 1966, as Johns Hopkins’ Hank Kaestner took home the Schmeisser Award and Navy’s Jimmy Lewis won the Turnbull award for the third consecutive year. Navy won the 1966 meeting 12-7. There is footage of the Kaestner vs Lewis matchup from 1966 on Youtube.