Stanford’s Aria Fischer, Ryann Neushul Looking to Add to Families’ Cutino Award Hauls

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Stanford’s Aria Fischer, Ryann Neushul Looking to Add to Families’ Cutino Award Hauls

Stanford’s Aria Fischer and Ryann Neushul were named finalists for the women’s Cutino Award on Thursday, each hoping to join sisters who have won the award.

USC’s Tilly Kearns was the third finalist of the award, given annually by the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Fischer is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the youngest female team sport gold medalist in U.S. Olympic history from 2016. Fischer’s older sister Makenzie Fischer won the award in 2019 and 2022. Aria Fischer, a redshirt senior, helped lead Stanford to a second straight national title this year, named MVP of the MPSF and NAA tournaments. She scored 71 goals and 43 assists on the season. She’s fifth in program history with 226 career goals.

Neushul was a vital part of that Cardinal effort. She scored 62 goals, including a team-best 21 multi-goal games. The redshirt junior was a first-teamer in the NCAA All-tournament team and the All-MPSF team. Neushul’s sister Kiley Neushul won the award in 2012 and 2015.

Kearns is the only hope of a non-Stanford winner. A redshirt junior and Australian Olympian, she was a Cutino finalist last year. This season, she scored 69 goals, drew 35 exclusions and came up with 35 steals for USC, the NCAA runner-up. She earned a place on the All-NCAA tournament team and the All-MPSF first team.

The Cutino Award will be presented at a ceremony at the Olympic Club on June 3. Men’s finalists were announced earlier in the month. Information on the award and past recipients is available here.

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