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 |

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.

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