May 31, 2012

Schwarzmann Carries on Maryland Tradition with Tewaaraton Win

Katie Schwarzmann became the third Maryland player to win the women's Tewaaraton after Jen Adams (2001, left) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010, right).
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by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com

2012 Tewaaraton Awards

* Baum, Schwarzmann Win
* Beyond Dreams for Oregon Kid Baum
* Video Recap (Men): Baum, Costabile, Manny, Sawyer, Stanwick
* Video Recap (Women): Dashiell, Lynch, Schwarzmann, Thornton, Tumolo
* Pre-Event Poll: Who Should Win?

WASHINGTON -- As a kid, Katie Schwarzmann idolized Jen Adams, the first Tewaaraton winner.

"When I was little, I'd go to games, and get her autograph on my stick, so she's definitely someone I looked up to," said Schwarzmann.

Schwarzmann has followed in Adams' footsteps in many ways. She plays for Maryland. She is breathtakingly fast, with a nose for the goal. And now she is also a Tewaaraton Award winner. The junior midfielder won the 2012 prize for the nation's top player on Thursday night at a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. She is the third Terp to win the award after Adams (2001) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010).

Schwarzmann beat out finalists Brittany Dashiell (Florida), Becky Lynch (North Carolina), Michelle Tumolo (Syracuse) and Taylor Thornton (Northwestern).

"I just can't believe it. I was shaking up there. It's an awesome feeling, especially to be recognized amongst this group of girls. It's incredible," said Schwarzmann. "This was my dream, to come to Maryland, and everything's just finally coming together."

Schwarzmann and men's Tewaaraton winner Peter Baum were presented their awards by Hall of Fame Cornell coach Richie Moran, who was at the ceremony to accept the Tewaaraton Legends Award on behalf of the late Eamon McEneaney while also being honored as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award.

Two $5,000 Tewaaraton US Lacrosse Native American Scholarships were also handed out, to Marissa Haring of the Seneca Nation and Bradley Thomas of the Tuscarora Indian Nation. They will attend Lock Haven and Canisius, respectively, in the fall.

Schwarzmann, known for her speed in transition and powerful shots, won ACC Player of the Year honors and was named the ACC championship's Most Valuable Player for her record-setting 11-point performance in the conference championships.

She also was named an IWLCA first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. She had a career-high 52 draw controls and 72 goals. Her single-season goal total ranks fifth in Maryland history. And she scored in each of the Terps' 23 games, averaging 3.19 goals and 4.09 points per game. Maryland finished with a 19-4 record and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals.

The junior team captain also took on an increased leadership role.

"Last year I really had great leaders, and I really looked up to them," said Schwarzmann, citing 2011 Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mollison as a role model. "That was my main role, stepping up in that leadership position to help the newbies and freshmen."

The Terps, a perennial lacrosse powerhouse, had some midseason struggles, dropping regular season games to conference foes Duke and North Carolina. They rallied to defeat both teams in the ACC tournament, on the strength of Schwarzmann's record-setting 11-goal performance in three games, and won their fourth straight conference crown.

"The highlight of the season for me was rallying to win the ACC championship, to avenge those losses and really come together as a team," said Schwarzmann.

Schwarzmann thanked her coaches, her teammates and her family in her acceptance speech Thursday night, saying she couldn't have won the prestigious award without them. Her coaches were more confident that Schwarzmann was a force of nature on her own.

"She's an amazing player. She has been since her first year. I'd like to say it's because of our coaching, but she's just fast. The fastest girl on the team, probably the fastest girl in the country," said Terps assistant coach Quinn Carney. "She just plays with a very smooth style and she's very slippery. It's innate – you can't teach that."


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