December 17, 2013

Dowd's Big Performance Belies Small Stature

by Sean Burns | | Twitter

This story originally appears in the December 2013 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Get your copy today by joining US Lacrosse. (Photo: JC Pinheiro)

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Even in the midst of one of the best performances in women's lacrosse, Team USA's Katrina Dowd was reminded of her diminutive stature when approached by some Finnish players in their World Cup dormitory.

"They were excited [to meet us]," Dowd said. "But they also were shocked and said stuff like, 'Katrina Dowd, she's so little!' It chirped me a little bit, but everybody thought it was funny."

At 5-foot-4, Dowd isn't actually that small in terms of average height. But she had such a monster tournament that her Finnish friends couldn't help but be surprised she was not more physically imposing.

Dowd, an alternate on the 2009 World Cup team, set a world record with 26 goals.

Playing in a motion offense that relied on picks and sharp passing, Dowd had to tone down individual playmaking instincts in favor of the team philosophy. But she still managed turn heads with her change-of-direction abilities and lightning-quick stick.

"Katrina is one of the most dynamic players in women's lacrosse today," Team USA coach Ricky Fried said.

Fan Vote

Two-time Tewaaraton winner Katie Schwarzmann, who joined Dowd for the Team USA win in Oshawa, earned the top spot with 40 percent of the final tally to take home the fan voting. Honda Award winner Kara Cannizzaro, who was an ESPY winner and helped North Carolina to its first-ever NCAA title, finished second.

Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland/Team USA) - 40%
Kara Cannizzaro (North Carolina) - 25%
Katrina Dowd (Team USA) - 18%
Carly Reed (St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)) - 14%
Jackie Sileo (LIU Post) - 3% 

Breakdown of Finalists

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