May 19, 2012

Do It All: Schwarzmann Leads Maryland Past Loyola

by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- After a 17-11 win over Loyola on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals, Maryland head coach Cathy Reese joked about how much she asked of junior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann. The Tewaaraton finalist led the Terps with a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists and nabbed seven draw controls. But Reese still needed someone to shut down the Greyhounds' top scorer, Marlee Paton.

"We couldn't get the matchup there that we wanted, so we ended up putting Katie on her. 'Katie, do this! Do that!'" said Reese.

Junior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann had a career-high eight points and held Loyola's top offensive threat, Marlee Paton, to no goals for the first time in 26 games.
© Brian Schneider

Schwarzmann held Paton to a single assist and no goals for the first time in 26 games. Her defensive contributions capped an outstanding end-to-end effort in Maryland's comeback win over Loyola and launched the Terps into their fourth consecutive NCAA semifinal. Maryland will face the winner of Saturday night's Duke-Northwestern game at Stony Brook University on Friday.

"We are where we want to be, headed to the final four, so this is a moment that we're all enjoying," said Reese.

Maryland dominated the draw, winning 20 of 30 attempts, led by senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson (nine draw controls). While Loyola made the most of its opportunities, they were rare, as Greyhound freshman attacker Joanna Dalton (three DC) struggled against Johnson, one of the best draw specialists in the country.

"The first thing on our scouting report was this game was going to be won at the center circle," said Loyola head coach Jen Adams.

The two teams traded goals for the first 15 minutes of the game, and Loyola took a 4-3 lead on a wraparound shot from freshman midfielder Annie Thomas (one goal, one assist) on a Schmitt assist at 20:37. Disaster struck soon after though, when Thomas leaped to block a wide shot behind the cage and came crashing to the turf. She left the field at 16:32, unable to put weight on her right knee and did not return.

The Greyhounds followed Thomas' injury with another goal, a free position shot from Schmitt, to take a 5-3 lead. But then Maryland went on a 6-1 run, peppering Loyola goalie Kerry Stoothoff (eight saves) with high, pinpoint shots to take a 9-6 halftime lead.

"Cathy always says this, that possession is key, and we knew that," Schwarzmann said. "Coming in at half, if we wanted to stay up, we had to come out here and really fight for those draw controls. Everyone was out there, getting those draws."

The Greyhounds scored the first two goals of the second half to cut the Terps' lead to a single goal, but Maryland gained speed and confidence as the game wore on. Redshirt freshman Brooke Griffin scored four goals to match Schwarzmann's output, and five other Terps got on the board as the score climbed out of Loyola's reach. Freshman midfielder Ali Habicht, subbing for Thomas, added two goals on two shots in the second half, but the Greyhounds couldn't keep pace with the Terps. Maryland goalie Brittany Dipper finished with eight saves, six in the second half.

'I give Cathy a lot of credit. She's been a mentor of mine. We both love the transition game, we both like the fast-paced style of lacrosse so I think you saw that from both teams," said Adams, who was Reese's assistant at Denver and at Maryland before she took the head job at Loyola.

The Greyhounds end their season with a 14-6 record and a second-straight loss in the quarterfinals. Maryland is now 19-3, and seeking a semifinal rematch with either ACC rival Duke or Northwestern, the team that defeated the Terps in the 2011 national championship. While Maryland has been a traditional lacrosse powerhouse, Reese credited both strong senior leadership and a quick-learning freshman class with the achievement.

"It's a group that really needed to grow together as the season has gone on," said Reese, who started four freshmen and gave significant minutes to a fifth, midfielder Erin Collins (one goal, three draw controls).

"These guys just need to believe it, to step on the field and do what they've done all year for each other," Reese said. "And they did a phenomenal job."


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