When the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team became the first to win four straight ACC titles Monday night, junior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann was right in the center of it, just like she has been for the Terrapins all season.
Schwarzmann (Century) was named ACC tournament MVP after recording 11 goals and four assists in third-seeded Maryland's three-game run to the championship. She capped it with a team-high six points on four goals and two assists in a 14-10 upset of top-seeded North Carolina in the finals.
Schwarzmann entered Wednesday leading the Terps with 61 goals and ranked second on the squad with 74 points, 29 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Maryland became just the second team to win three games for the title since the tournament expanded beyond four teams in 2005. The Terps have now won nine of the 16 ACC championships.
In the finals loss, sophomore defender Brittney Coppa (North Carroll) picked up two ground balls for North Carolina.
CALLING COSTABILE: Junior midfielder Chris Costabile (Sykesville/Mount St. Joseph) helped the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team put together a late-season surge to cap an otherwise difficult year.
Costabile leads the team with 18 goals and ranks fourth with 19 points, while adding 15 ground balls in 12 games (10 starts). Four of his goals have come over the last two games, sparking the Big Green (4-8) for their first back-to-back wins since the first two games of the season.
WITH PRIDE: Junior attack Claire Brady (Century) has been a key contributor to the Hofstra University women's lacrosse team's late push into the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
The Pride (5-11) are playing perhaps their best lacrosse of the year, winning three of their final five regular-season games. Hofstra's last three were especially strong, as it won its first back-to-back games of 2012 before falling 8-7 to William & Mary in overtime.
Brady paced the Pride with six goals one assist over the last three games.
Hofstra faces James Madison in the CAA semifinals Friday at Towson University.
BOBCAT BATS: Senior infielder Doug Anuszewski (Liberty) and sophomore outfielder Mike Virbickis (Century) helped the Frostburg State University baseball team beat third-ranked Salisbury Friday in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
Although the Bobcats have since been eliminated, they were the lone team to beat the league's top seed.
Virbickis had two hits, a double, two RBIs and two walks while Anuszewski added an RBI in the 9-7 victory.
Frostburg entered Wednesday with a 20-16 record with Anuszewski standing fourth on the team with a .300 average. He ranked second with three homers and 31 RBIs in starting all 36 games.
Virbickis batted .214 with nine RBIs in his first 26 games.
LEAN ON LEONARD: Junior midfielder Morgan Leonard (Liberty) has been among the reasons the Canisius College women's lacrosse team heads into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 8-8 record.
Leonard leads the Golden Griffins with 41 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers. She ranks second with 30 draw controls and fourth with 18 goals and 26 points.
STEEPLECHASER HURSEY: Graduate student Katie Hursey (North Carroll) led the Syracuse University women's track team at the Larry Ellis Invitational Sunday by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Hursey finished in 10:16.57 while three other Orange athletes placed in the top 10 at the meet.