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Maryland women drop 3OT heartbreaker to Carolina in NCAA title game

Posted on 27 May 2013 by WNST Staff

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Despite a gritty second half performance, Maryland fell to North Carolina 13-12 in triple overtime Sunday in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Villanova Stadium.

Maryland (22-1) narrowly missed out on its fifth perfect season in program history and fell in the championship game for the second time in three seasons by one goal. Freshman Taylor Cummings and senior Katie Schwarzmann led the way for the attack with a hat trick each and Brooke Griffin tallied five points on two goals and three assists.

The Terps faced their first halftime deficit of the season but were able to rebound with an outstanding showing in the second period, outscoring the Tar Heels 6-3 in the period.

North Carolina (18-3) began the contest – which was the third meeting between the two teams this season – with three unanswered goals to give Maryland its largest deficit since a regular season loss at UNC April 7, 2012.

Cummings continued to shine in her first final four appearance with a goal at 24:41 to shrink UNC’s lead to two but a goal by Aly Messinger a minute later gave the Tar Heels a 4-1 cushion.

Erin Collins sunk a free position after winning a hard-fought draw control at 23:29 but UNC answered back with another Messinger tally at 18:36.

A free position goal by Cummings and a top-shelf blast by Schwarzmann within 14 seconds of each other in the 17th minute set the score at 5-4 before back-to-back Cannizzaro scores extended Carolina’s advantage to 7-4 with 13:40 to play in the opening stanza.

Both teams exchanged goals twice – including scores by Beth Glaros and Griffin – for a 9-6 UNC lead at the half. It was the most goals allowed by Maryland in the first half this season.

But the Terrapin attack erupted out of the break for a ferocious 5-0 run to give Maryland its first lead of the game. Led by two scores from Schwarzmann, the Terps tallied all five goals in the first 10:05 of the period and held the Tar Heel offense off the board for nearly 17 minutes for an 11-9 cushion.

Brittney Coppa capped her hat trick with a score at 18:23 to snap the drought and squeeze the lead to one and Cannizzaro penetrated the middle for an 11-11 tie six minutes later.

Cannizzaro notched her fourth goal of the night on a free position to give UNC the 12-11 advantage but it would be Maryland’s top offensive threat Aust who would make a terrific move on the corner for the game-tying score with 3:51 remaining to force overtime.

It was the first overtime game for Maryland since May 1, 2011 at Dartmouth and what ensued would be the longest NCAA championship game in the sport’s history.

The Terps were able to get three shots off in the first overtime but Cummings’ shot hit the post and a pair of solid looks by Glaros were saved by Carolina goalie Megan Ward.

Kasey Howard - a senior who finished her career 22-1 as a starter for the Terps – came up huge in the second overtime, recording three big saves to push the game into a third extra period.

After another Ward save, Carolina was successful in the clear and a Sammy Jo Tracy score out of transition sealed the Tar Heels’ first national championship.

“Congratulations to UNC,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “That was a great game. This team played so hard, both teams did. They left their hearts out there.”

The marathon contest was the Maryland finale for eight seniors – Schwarzmann, Aust, Howard, Iliana Sanza, Melissa Diepold, Sam Barber, Camilla Hayes and Kristen McAfee. The class ends their Terrapin career with five ACC championships, one national title, four NCAA Final Four appearances and an 84-8 overall record.

NOTES:

With one assist on the night – senior Alex Aust is tied for second all-time in both career assists (132) and single-season assists (55) in Maryland history

Maryland played in its nation-leading 17th NCAA title game.

Katie Schwarzmann ends her career ranked third in goals (229) and points (304) in program history.

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Maryland women play for NCAA title Sunday night against Carolina

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The quest for a 12th national championship concludes Sunday when top-seeded Maryland battles North Carolina in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Terps (22-0) edged Syracuse 11-10 to land t in their nation-leading 17th NCAA title game.Kelly McPartland tallied three second half goals to lead Maryland offensively while a stellar defensive effort held the Orange scoreless the final 18:31 of the contest.

No. 3 seed North Carolina (17-3) upset Northwestern 11-4 Friday night to punch its ticket to the championship game.

Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park April 6 and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill April 28.

Scouting The Terps
· Maryland hopes to win its first national championship since 2010 when it faces North Carolina Sunday.

· Alex Aust has led the Maryland attack with team-highs in goals, assists and points. She is joined by Brooke Griffin and reserves Kristen Lamon and Halle Majorana to form one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, averaging over 15 goals per match in 2013.

· Maryland’s deepest position is certainly the midfield where it returned eight players from last year’s squad including all-everything Katie Schwarzmann, who spent the majority of the offseason training with the U.S. women’s national team in preparation for the 2013 FIL World Cup. Freshman Taylor Cummings has made a seamless transition to the college game and leads the Terps in draw controls.

· The Maryland defense is led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza. Other key contributors to the back is senior Melissa Diepold, sophomores Shanna Brady and Megan Douty and rookie Alice Mercer.

· Senior Kasey Howard has worked hard to fill the void left by four-year starter Brittany Dipper in the goal. She has four double-digit save performances, including a career-best 14 against Penn State.


Scouting The Tar Heels
· North Carolina dropped Northwestern 11-4 to advance to the national championship game.

· Tewaaraton finalist Kara Cannizzaro leads the Tar Heels with 57 goals and 20 assists. Abbey Friend is a quality finisher for the UNC offense with 47 scores in 2013.

· Five players boast 20 or more draw controls, led by Jessica Griffin’s 39.

· Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill.


Maryland and the NCAA Tournament

· Maryland leads the nation with 29 appearances in the tournament. The Terps are also tops with 54 wins, 17 championship game appearances and 10 NCAA titles.

· Maryland is competing in its NCAA-best 21st final four.

The Terps Advance to Title Game
· Kelly McPartland scored three second half goals to lead top-seeded Maryland to its 17th NCAA title game with an 11-10 victory against Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Friday.

· Maryland reaped the benefits of six different goal-scorers on the day and put on a staunch defensive effort in the second half, holding Syracuse scoreless in the final 18:31 of play.


Schwarzmann Lands in 300 Club
· With a four-point showing against Syracuse in the national semifinals, Katie Schwarzmann is now a member of Maryland’s elite 300-point club.

· The senior is third in points (301) in Maryland career annals.


Maryland Tops Duke, Advances to Final Four
· Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust led top-seeded Maryland to a 14-9 victory over Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

· Aust recorded five goals and added two assists. The Sterling, Va., native also moved into third all-time in points (119) in single season history at Maryland.

· Defensively, senior Kasey Howard recorded seven saves in the cage. Aust, Katie Schwarzmann and Taylor Cummingscombined for 10 ground balls. Cummings and fellow freshman Alice Mercer led the way with two caused turnovers each.


#Drive4Five – Terps Claim Fifth-Straight ACC Crown
· No. 1 Maryland topped North Carolina 12-8 to capture its fifth-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Fetzer Field.

· The Terps were led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. Katie Schwarzmann - who was named ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for the second straight season – tied a championship game record with four assists against the Tar Heels.

· In addition to Schwarzmann, Beth Glaros, Aust, Griffin, Cummings, and Howard were tabbed to the all-tournament team.


Four Terps Named IWLCA First Team All-Americans 
· Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were named IWLCA First Team All-Americans.

· The IWLCA will honor the 48 National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on May 25, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.


Terps Stymie Stony Brook in Second Round 
· A stellar defensive effort vaulted top-seeded Maryland past Stony Brook 11-3 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

· Brooke Griffin led Maryland with four goals while senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust pitched in with four points on two goals and two assists.

· Senior Iliana Sanza led the way for the backline with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.


The 20-Win Club
· With its win against Stony Brook, Maryland notched its eighth 20-win season in program history and its fourth in the last five seasons.

· Maryland also won at least 20 games in 1997 (21), 1999 (21), 2000 (21), 2001 (23), 2009 (21), 2010 (22), and 2011 (21).


Aust, Schwarzmann Named Tewaaraton Finalists
· Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust were named finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, announced Thursday.

· Maryland has had three players earn the highest honor in collegiate lacrosse by being named Tewaaraton Award winners.

· In addition to three winners, the Terps have had 12 finalists in the 11-year history of the award including Quinn Carney(2001), Kelly Coppedge (2003, `04), Kelly Kasper (2008), Dana Dobbie (2007, `08) McFadden (2009), Sarah Mollison (2011), Schwarzmann (2011, `12, `13) and Aust (2013).

· The 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.  The reception begins at 6:30pm and the ceremony will start at 8pm.


Six Terps Snag IWLCA All-Region Accolades
· No. 1-ranked and undefeated Maryland had six student-athletes selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region Team.

· Seniors Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Iliana Sanza and freshman Taylor Cummings were all named to the First Team All-South Region, while redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Alice Mercer earned second team honors.


A Terrapin Sweep!
· Katie Schwarzmann, Iliana Sanza, Taylor Cummings, and head coach Cathy Reese earned 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse individual postseason honors, as announced by the league office.

· Schwarzmann and Sanza each won their second straight offensive and defensive player of the year honor, respectively. Cummings was tabbed freshman of the year and Reese snagged her sixth career coach of the year award.


Perfection
· With a 22-0 record, Maryland is seeking to complete its fifth undefeated season in program history.

· The Terps were also unbeaten in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2001.

· Maryland fell in the national semifinals to North Carolina in 2009 to thwart a perfect season.


Five Terps Land on All-ACC List
· The No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed five student-athletes on the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team.

· Katie Schwarzmann headlined the list, becoming only the third player in league history to be named All-ACC four times in a career. She was joined on the list by fellow seniors Alex Aust and Iliana Sanza, redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Taylor Cummings.


Terps Clinch Top Seed in ACC Tourney with Win vs. #2 North Carolina
· The No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a 14-13 victory against No. 2 North Carolina.

· The Terps were led by senior Katie Schwarzmann and freshman Taylor Cummings, who recorded five and four goals, respectively. Brooke Griffin added three assists.

· Kasey Howard was spectacular in goal, tallying a double-digit save performance with 11. Cummings led the way with six draw controls and Alice Mercer added three in a breakout performance for the rookie defender.


Stellar Seniors
· Maryland has been fortunate to have steady leadership from an eight-member senior class in 2013.

· The class is led by returning IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Katie Schwarzmann and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza.

· Other returning senior starters include Alex Aust and Melissa Diepold. Kristen McAfee, Sam Barber, Kasey Howard andCamilla Hayes round out the group.

· The class has helped Maryland to four ACC championships, three NCAA Final Four berths and an incredible 84-7 record.


Aust, Howard Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust and senior goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their work against Princeton and Dartmouth.

· Aust tallied nine goals and five assists in a pair of wins for No. 1 Maryland last week to help the squad complete an unbeaten home regular season slate. Against No. 13 Princeton on Wednesday, the senior was one of four Terps to tally a hat trick and also added a ground ball and a caused turnover in a 15-9 win over the Tigers.

· Howard recorded 16 saves in two wins over Princeton and Dartmouth last week. She registered six stops against the Tigers Wednesday and tallied her fifth double-digit save performance of the year with 10 saves against Dartmouth on Sunday.


#Operation2k – A Success!
· The Terps set a new attendance record for a lacrosse game at the FH & Lax Complex with a crowd of 2,347 against North Carolina.

· The mark bested the previous top crowd of 2,214 against North Carolina in 2007.


Schwarzmann Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week, for her work against No. 2 North Carolina.

· Schwarzmann led Maryland with five goals in a 14-13 victory over No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the ACC regular season championship. The senior hit 5-of-6 shots on the day.

· It is the seventh career weekly award for Schwarzmann, who has five offensive honors and two defensive honors.


Schwarzmann Snags Career Goal #200
· With her second tally in a five-goal showing at Towson, Katie Schwarzmann became only the fourth player in Maryland history to record 200 career goals.

· Schwarzmann joins Jen Adams (267), Karri Ellen Johnson (236) and Kelly Coppedge (219) as Terps with 200 or more scores.


Be the Best? Play the Best.
· 13 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents.

· The Terps have recorded eight wins against top-10 ranked foes and four in the top five, including North Carolina (2) and Syracuse (2).


Schwarzmann Snags ACC Weekly Honor
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, for her work against Boston College and Stony Brook.

· Schwarzmann was key in No. 1 Maryland’s defense on the weekend as the Terps held back-to-back opponents to a combined eight goals on just 16 shots. Schwarzmann marked Boston College’s Mikaela Rix, holding her to one shot and zero goals in the 13-5 win over the Eagles.

· The native of Sykesville, Md., was also tasked with defending No. 18 Stony Brook’s Demmianne Cook, who entered the week as the nation’s leading goal scorer. Schwarzmann held Cook without a goal or shot in an 8-3 victory. The reigning Tewaaraton Award winner also added four goals and two assists on the weekend.


Balanced Attack Leads Terps Past #7 Penn State
· A total of 10 Terrapins registered at least one goal Saturday as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team handled No. 7 Penn State 20-10 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

· Maryland was led in scoring by Alex Aust and Brooke Griffin who tallied four goals apiece as the Terps turned in one of their most complete performances of the young season. Aust added four assists and now has 38 points in the last four games. The senior is one of only eight players in program history to record 100 assists.

· Freshman Taylor Cummings added five points on two goals and three assists.


Aust Snags ACC Weekly Honors Again
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her work against UMBC and Penn State.

· Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, notched 19 points in a pair of wins against UMBC and No. 7 Penn State. Against the Retrievers, the senior from Sterling, Va., racked up a career-best 11 points – one shy of the Terrapin single-game record – including a program record seven assists.


Potent Offense
· Maryland is outscoring foes an incredible 330-180 this season. The Terps are averaging 15.2 goals per game.

· The offense has tacked 20 goals on the scoreboard twice in 2013.


Quick Shooters
· Maryland has scored first in 16 of 22 games in 2013.

· Three times the Terps have scored within the first 45 seconds of the game, including twice with less than 20 seconds elapsed.


Aust Racks up ACC, National Honors
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and Nike National Player of the Week for her effort against Virginia and Hofstra.

· Aust racked up 19 points in two games to help No. 1 Maryland stay perfect in 2013. The senior tallied five goals and five assists as the Terrapins defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10 on the road for their third-straight win over a top-10 foe. The 10-point total is tied for the third highest in Maryland single-game history.


Terps Rout #6 Virginia on the Road
· Fueled by a career-high 10 points from senior Alex Aust, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10.

·Aust tallied five goals and five assists – tying the third-highest point total in Terrapin single-game history – as Maryland dropped its third straight top-10 ranked foe. Sophomore Kristen Lamon added a career-best four goals.

·The Terps have now scored 15 or more goals in each of their four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as Maryland picked up its seventh straight win over the Cavaliers.


Aust-some!
· Alex Aust has been downright awesome in 2013, tallying a massive 123 points on 69 goals and 54 assists.

· The senior has 273 points in her career and her 131 assists are third all-time in Maryland career annals.

· She nearly beat her freshman point total (9g, 3a) versus UMBC alone (4g, 7a) this season. She had more points through six games in 2013 (43) than she did her entire sophomore season (42).


Road Warriors
· 11 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come on the road.


Terps Drop #4 Duke in Home Opener
· Brooke Griffin notched three goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team past No. 4 Duke 15-6 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

·The Terps were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.


Griffin Named ACC Player of the Week
· Maryland midfielder Brooke Griffin was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for her work in the Terps’ victory against No. 4 Duke.

· Griffin, a redshirt sophomore from Annapolis, Md., tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists to help the Terps remain perfect in 2013 and drop its second-consecutive top-five ranked opponent.


Howard at Home in Cage
· Kasey Howard has been steady as a rock at goalie for Maryland this season.

· The first year starter has allowed 167 goals while tallying 126 saves in 2013. She’s recorded double-digit saves five times, including a career-best 14 against No. 7 Penn State and most recently 10 against Dartmouth.


Terps Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann and goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their work against Syracuse.

· Schwarzmann was also named Nike National Player of the Week.


Terps and Team USA – A Winning Combination
· Caitlyn McFadden and Katie Schwarzmann will represent the University of Maryland as members of the 18-player Team USA roster at the 2013 FIL World Cup.

· Schwarzmann, a senior midfielder and the reigning Tewaaraton winner, is one of only two current collegiate players on the roster, joining Danielle Etrasco from Boston.

· McFadden, a former Tewaaraton winner and current assistant coach with the Terps, was a midfielder on the 2009 national team which won gold in Prague.

· Sophomore Kelly McPartland also spent extensive time with the national team this offseason.


Defense Remains Intact 
· All four starters from Maryland’s stellar defense in 2012 will return this season.

· Led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza, the Terps will hope to jump start one of the top offenses in the country again this season.

· Also returning is senior Melissa Diepold and sophomores Megan Douty and Shanna Brady.


Protect This House
· Maryland is 72-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.

· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past six seasons. The Terps are 211-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.


Head Coach Cathy Reese
· A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her seventh season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.

Reese Notes:
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, two Tewaaraton Award winners, seven Tewaaraton finalists, 27 All-Americans, and 26 All-ACC selections
• 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010 and 2011 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
• Guided Denver to school-record 16 wins in 2006
• Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
• 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player

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Maryland women top Duke to reach Final Four

Posted on 18 May 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust led top-seeded Maryland to a 14-9 victory over Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Saturday.

With the win, the Terps (21-0) punched their ticket to a fifth-straight national semifinal and will face Syracuse Friday at Villanova Stadium. Aust recorded five goals and added two assists. The Sterling, Va., native also moved into third all-time in points (119) in single season history at Maryland.

After being stymied in the beginning of the Stony Brook match in the second round, the Terps wasted no time getting their attack rolling against the Blue Devils, notching the first two tallies of the game in the first seven minutes of play. Brooke Griffin and Halle Majorana put Maryland up with a pair of unassisted scores before Duke landed on the scoreboard with a goal at 20:25.

A pair of goals at 19:13 and 14:52 by Aust and fellow attacker Kristen Lamon extended the Terrapin lead to 4-1 before the two teams exchanged goals twice for a 6-3 score with five minutes remaining. The Terps would outscore Duke 2-1 down the stretch in the first half to carry a solid 8-4 cushion into the break.

Maryland preserved that momentum early in the second half, adding on to its four-goal lead with three early tallies in the stanza. Aust played a hand in all three, scoring goals at 26:30 and 22:44 and assisting on a Katie Schwarzmann score in-between.

Duke posted its first goal of the period with a Maddy Morissey score at 21:55 but Maryland compiled a devastating 3-0 run in-and-around the 17-minute mark – courtesy of goals from Schwarzmann, Griffin and Beth Glaros - to mount a 14-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play.

Duke turned up the heat with four goals in the final seven minutes of play, but Maryland would hold on for the 14-9 win, the last for eight Terrapin seniors at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland benefited from a balanced attack with seven goal-scorers on the day. Griffin added three goals and two assists and Schwarzmann tallied a pair of scores to aid the attack.

Defensively, senior Kasey Howard recorded seven saves in the cage. Aust, Schwarzmann and Cummings combined for 10 ground balls. Cummings and fellow freshman Alice Mercer led the way with two caused turnovers each.

“Congratulations to Duke. It was a fun game, a hard-fought game and I don’t think you’d expect anything less when you get a Maryland-Duke rivalry,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “For us, we are thrilled to be in the position we are in. We’re excited and looking forward to being one of the final four teams standing and heading to the final four next week.”

Maryland – which is headed to its nation-leading 21st final four – will play fourth-seeded Syracuse next Friday in the national semifinals at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa.

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Two Maryland women, no area men make Tewaaraton finalist cut

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Two Maryland women, no area men make Tewaaraton finalist cut

Posted on 09 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TEWAARATON AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men’s and women’s finalists lists, presented by Panama Jack. Five men and five women were selected as finalists and will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The five men’s finalists are University of North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman, Syracuse University midfielder JoJo Marasco, Cornell University attackman Rob Pannell, Princeton University midfielder Tom Schreiber and University at Albany attackman Lyle Thompson.

The five women’s finalists are University of Maryland attacker Alex Aust, University of North Carolina midfielder Kara Cannizzaro, Syracuse University attacker Alyssa Murray, University of Florida goalie Mikey Meagher and University of Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann.

Returning finalists include Pannell (2011) and Schwarzmann (2011 finalist, 2012 winner). Nine of the 10 finalists will compete in this month’s NCAA lacrosse championships, at the conclusion of which the selection committees will vote on and select this year’s winners.

“It is the ultimate achievement for these 10 finalists to have been recognized by the game’s very best coaches on the Tewaaraton Selection Committees,” said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “They are all worthy of the sport’s ultimate award, and we could not be more excited to have this group come to Washington, D.C., on May 30.”

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. Finalists were selected from a pool of 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former college coaches.

Brief bios of the men’s finalists:

Marcus Holman recorded an ACC-best 74 points in the regular season, becoming North Carolina’s all- time leading scorer in the process. His 4.93 points per game rank fourth nationally. A senior attackman from Baltimore, Md., Holman was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and the ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

JoJo Marasco, the 2013 Big East Midfielder of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection, paced Syracuse in points (53) and assists (35) during the regular season, the latter breaking Paul Gait’s program record. A senior from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Marasco led the Orange to the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

2011 Tewaaraton Award finalist Rob Pannell ranks third and fourth in the nation in points (5.36) and assists (2.93) per game, respectively. A senior from Smithtown, N.Y., Pannell earned Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors. He is currently the third-leading scorer in men’s Division I history (332 points), and holds the Cornell and Ivy League all-time scoring records.

Midfielder Tom Schreiber led Princeton in scoring for a third consecutive season, tallying a team-best 32 assists and 60 points. A junior from East Meadow, N.Y., Schreiber earned his third first-team All-Ivy League selection and recorded at least three points in every contest this season, ranking second and third in the Ivy League in assists (2.13) and points (4.00) per game, respectively.

The first Native American to be named a Tewaaraton Award finalist, Albany sophomore midfielder Lyle Thompson leads the nation in points (108) and assists (62) per game. A member of the Onondaga Nation, he was named America East Player of the Year, first-team All-America East and the America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Thompson’s 108 points this season rank third in NCAA men’s Division I history, trailing all-time leader Steve Marohl (1992) by six points.

Brief bios of the women’s finalists:

A senior attacker from Sterling, Va., Maryland’s Alex Aust has recorded a team-high 60 goals and 48 assists this season. Her 108 points and 5.68 points per game both rank second nationally. Aust earned her second All-ACC selection and was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team en route to leading the undefeated Terrapins to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Versatile midfielder Kara Cannizzarro led North Carolina in goals (45), points (60) and caused turnovers (25), while ranking second on the team in groundballs (28) during the regular season. A senior midfielder from Cazenovia, N.Y., Cannizzaro earned her second All-ACC selection and was named to the ACC All- Tournament Team.

Syracuse junior Alyssa Murray ranks among the nation’s Top 10 in goals (56), points (90) and points per game (4.74). Murray, an attacker from West Babylon, N.Y., earned Big East Attack Player of the Year honors, was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East First Team and was a Big East All-Tournament team selection. She currently sits in the Orange’s top five in career goals, assists and points.

Mikey Meagher, the ALC Goalie of the Year, leads a Florida defense that ranks second in the nation, allowing just 6.58 goals per game. Her 6.61 goals against average is second-best nationally, and she ranks fifth in save percentage. A senior from Liverpool, N.Y., Meagher has registered 104 saves on the season and has posted a record of 47-8 in her four years as a Gator.

The reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann earned her second straight ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors this year. A four- time All-ACC performer, the senior from Sykesville, Md., enters the postseason with 74 points (51 goals, 23 assists), ranking second on the Terrapins. Schwarzmann, a member of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team, also has tallied a team-leading 33 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers.

Media credentials are available for the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in the News and Press section of www.tewaaraton.com. Credential requests are due by Tuesday, May 28.

For more information on the Tewaaraton Award or to attend the ceremony, visit www.tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton, respectively.

About The Tewaaraton Foundation

First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents

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scholarships to two students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, visit www.tewaaraton.com.

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