March 8, 2013

Katie Schwarzmann Youngest on U.S. World Cup team

by Matt DaSilva | | Twitter

"She doesn't like to lose," Team USA coach Ricky Fried said of Katie Schwarzmann.
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Katie Schwarzmann must have felt the same bittersweet sensation when she made the 2013 U.S. World Cup team that Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh felt when the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

She had achieved an ultimate goal, one of which her sibling fell just shy.

Schwarzmann, the 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner at Maryland and the youngest player on Team USA, loves playing with her sister Lauren, who has been involved in the U.S. national teams program since 2007. But when Team USA trimmed its roster for Champion Challenge, only one Schwarzmann advanced — one who eventually made the final 18-player squad.

Afterward, Lauren expressed nothing but joy for her younger sister's accomplishment.

"That's just the type of person she is," Katie Schwarzmann said. "She's gone through it and done great things. Now she's just really excited to come support me and the U.S. program in Canada."

Schwarzmann, 21, has brought the same field vision and fast-break abilities to Team USA as she has to College Park, where she's now a senior midfielder looking to bookend her career with NCAA championships. Playing with the U.S. and in its aggressive zone riding schemes has helped her take her defense up a notch.

"She's great between the lines, super-athletic and doesn't like to lose," Team USA coach Ricky Fried said.

Schwarzmann has not lost much at Maryland. In her first three seasons, the Terps were 62-7 and made three trips to the final four. Schwarzmann's production has increased each year, including 72 goals and 22 assists in 2012.

"She has the ability to take over a game," Team USA assistant Liz Robertshaw said.

Even as the youngest player on the U.S. team — she's about two months younger than fellow rookie Danielle Etrasco — Schwarzmann feels at home in the red, white and blue.

"They do a good job including us and not make us feel like there's separation," she said.

In some ways, she now gets to play with 17 other sisters.

This article appears in the March issue of Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

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