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All-Metro girls lacrosse: Player of the Year

Katie SchwarzmannCentury No one in the area scored more goals this season than Schwarzmann. She polished off her high school career with a state-record nine goals in leading the Knights to the Class 2A-1A championship, bringing her season total to 106 and her career total to 307.

The senior midfielder, also a first-team All-Metro selection last season, averaged 6.6 goals per game, and while she often scored a lot of goals in lopsided games, she also scored the biggest goals of the season - including one on a free-position shot at the buzzer to give the No. 10 Knights (16-1) a 15-14 win over then-No. 9 Liberty in the regional final. Early in the season, she scored her team's first four goals to spark a 16-6 victory over Roland Park.

Lithe, speedy and manipulative, Schwarzmann has had a knack for finding the net since her freshman season. She has a blistering first step and can be deceptive in making that initial move. Still, her game was about more than just scoring.

She also had 33 assists and excelled at all the chores that go with being a top-notch midfielder.

"It's been about all the little things that she does," Century coach Rose Pentz said. "Redefending and getting the ground balls and the fire in her. The speed and the back-door cuts. Everything you could possibly want in a player. She has just each year gotten better and better. She comes in with goals to improve, and she just goes out there and does it."

In the state final, a 23-9 win over Patterson Mill, her nine goals were the most in a title game in any classification in the 20-year history of the state tournament. Her 12 points broke the Class 2A record of nine that stood since 1992 and tied the all-classification record.

Schwarzmann was selected to the regional All-Tewaaraton team and for the Under Armour All-America Game on June 27 at Towson University. She will play next year at Maryland.

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