May 31, 2013

Schwarzmann Takes Back-to-Back Tewaaratons

by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maryland senior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann received two great things on stage at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian on Thursday night — her second Tewaaraton Award, and a big hug from fellow finalist and teammate Alex Aust.

"Alex and I are so close. If it had been her, we would have hugged it out the same way," Schwarzmann said.

Schwarzmann repeated as the Tewaaraton Award winner, becoming the third woman to win the honor in consecutive years alongside Northwestern greats Hannah Nielsen (2008, 2009) and Kristen Kjellman (2006, 2007). Schwarzmann's speed, field vision and game sense earned her the sport's most prestigious individual award for the second year in a row. The senior led Maryland to a 22-1 record, a top seed in the NCAA tournament and a berth in the championship game.

"She's a great person, on and off the field," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "She takes care of business on both ends."

Schwarzmann's 2012 Tewaaraton Award made her the third Terp player to claim the trophy after Jen Adams (2011) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010). The 2013 win makes her the first Maryland player to win it twice. She beat out finalists Aust, Kara Cannizzarro (North Carolina), Mikey Meagher (Florida) and Alyssa Murray (Syracuse) to win.

"It's awesome," said Schwarzmann of her back-to-back wins. "It's a huge reflection of the Maryland tradition. I tried to be a better leader this year, and Alex really helped me grow as a player."

Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann became the third women to win the Tewaaraton honor in consecutive years, joining Northwestern greats Hannah Nielsen and Kristen Kjellman.
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Schwarzmann ends her career in College Park as a three-time Tewaaraton finalist, a two-time winner, and a three-time IWLCA Midfielder of the Year. She has been named to the IWLCA All-America team four times and to the first-team in each of the last three seasons. As a senior, Schwarzmann led the team in ground balls (39) and was number two in goals (58) and assists (27). In the last two categories, she was second only to Aust. Schwarzmann ranks third on Maryland's career goals (228) and points (304) lists, respectively.

"She's an unbelievable person and an unbelievable lacrosse player. She really represents what this award is about," Aust said of her teammate, friend and roommate. "I'm sure we'll be best friends for the rest of our lives."

Schwarzmann's defensive efforts were equal to her output on the attacking end. She caused 19 turnovers and helped the Terps to 8.39 goals against average, and her mark was usually the opposing team's top player. In the NCAA tournament, she guarded fellow finalists Murray and Cannizzaro in the semifinals and championship, respectively.

"Katie gave me fits in the semifinals. It's amazing that she's a midfielder who marks the top girl," Murray said.

Cannizzaro agreed.

"Katie is the best midfielder I've played with for the U.S., and against. She comes up with big plays," Cannizzaro said.

Cannizzarro and the Tar Heels just barely prevailed over the Terps in the championship, winning 13-12 in a riveting triple overtime game in what has been billed as an instant classic.

Schwarzmann scored three goals on three shots in the title match.

"She really makes it look so effortless. She's so fast, and she always guards the best player," Aust said. "She leads by example."

Minerd Wins US Lacrosse Tewaaraton Native American Scholarship

Cassandra Minerd, a senior from Lafayette (N.Y.) High, won the seventh annual US Lacrosse Tewaaraton Native American Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to Native American high school lacrosse players — one female and one male — who are members of a U.S. tribe. They are based on students' academic achievement, athletic performance and ambition. Minerd, a member of Onondaga Nation, will play lacrosse at SUNY Brockport next year.


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