Part Three: How Have Schmeisser, Turnbull Awad Winners Fared in Head-to-Head Matchups?

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*This article is part three of multi-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 (1987-1996, 1997-2006).

Part One: How Have Schmeisser, Turnbull Award Winners Fared in Head-to-Head Matchups?

Part Two: How Have Schmeisser, Turnbull Award Winners Faredin Head-to-Head Matchups?

Before looking to answer those three questions above, here is a list of all-time winners for both awards. 

Schmeisser Award Turnbull Award
Year Player Team Year Player Team
1942 Tyler Campbell Princeton
1943 George Riepe Johns Hopkins
1944 Fred Allner, Jr. Cornell
1945 Charles Guy Navy
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
2010 Ken Clausen
Ryan Flanagan
North Carolina
2011 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
2019 Johnny Surdick Army

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. 


1987: Award winners did not meet.

1988: Johns Hopkins’s Dave Pietramala and Syracuse’s John John Zulberti won the two awards in 1988. The Orange defeated the Blue Jays, 19-7, in the opening game of the season for both squads.

1989: Johns Hopkins’s Dave Pietramala and Syracuse’s John John Zulberti two the two awards again in 1989. The Blue Jays defeated Syracuse, 14-13, in the regular seasons dn Syracuse won the NCAA title game matchup, 13-12. Zulberti scored three goals in the game. 

1990: Award winners on the same team.

1991: During the 1991 season, North Carolina’s Graham Harden took home the Schmeisser Award and Maryland’s Mark Douglas was awarded the Turnbull Award. The Tar Heels defeated the Terrapins, 8-6, in their sole meeting.

1992: Award winners did not meet.

1993: In 1993, Princeton’s Dave Morrow and Syracuse’s Matt Reiter took home the two awards. The Orange beat the Tigers, 15-9, in the NCAA semifinals and went on to win the national title.

1994: Rutgers’ Reid Jackson won the Schmeisser and Princeton’s Kevin Lowe won the Turnbull in 1994. In their sole meeting, Princeton won 15-5.

1995: In 1995, Maryland’s Dan Radebaugh won the Schmeisser Award and Johns Hopkins’ Terry Riordan won the Turnbull Award. The Terrapins and Blue Jays met twice during that season, with the Blue Jays winning the regular-season meeting, 16-15, and the Terrapins winning the NCAA semifinal contest, 16-8. 

1996: Duke’s Tyler Hardy won the Schmeisser Award and Virginia’s Michael Watson won the Turnbull Award. The Cavaliers won 16-10 in their sole meeting.


1997: In 1997, Johns Hopkins’ Brian Kuczma won the Schmeisser Award and Princeton’s John Hess won the Turnbull Award. The Tigers won 7-6 in overtime when the two squads met early in the season.

1998: Princeton’s Christian Cook won the Schmeisser Award and Syracuse’s Casey Powell won the Turnbull Award. The two squads met in the NCAA semifinals, where Princeton won 11-10. 

1999: In 1999, Virginia’s Ryan Curtis won the Schmeisser Award and Delaware’s John Grant Jr. won the Turnbull Award. The Cavaliers and Fighting Blue Hens met in the NCAA Quarterfinals, where Virginia won 17-10. Grant scored four goals for Delaware in the contest. 

2000: Award winners on the same team.

2001: Princeton’s Ryan Mollett took home the Schmeisser Award and Syracuse’s Mike Powell took home the Turnbull Award, which was his first of an eventual four consecutive. Princeton defeated Syracuse, 10-9, in overtime in the national title game.

2002: Award winners on the same team.

2003:  Award winners did not face each other.

2004: Award winners did not face each other.

2005: Georgetown’s Brodie Merrill won the Schmeisser Award and Duke’s Matt Danowski won the Turnbull Award. In their sole meeting, the Blue Devils took down the Hoyas, 12-3.

2006: In 2006, Virginia’s Michael Culver took home the Schmeisser Award and Maryland’s Joe Walters won the Turnbull Award. During their sole meeting,  Walters was held to one assist and Culver scooped up two ground balls and caused one turnover. 

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