Local lacrosse players on national stage

Century High School graduate Katie Schwarzmann is one win away from playing in the national championship game for the third year in a row.

Schwarzmann has the Maryland women's lacrosse team in the NCAA Division I Final Four after the Terrapins beat Loyola 17-11 in the quarterfinals Saturday. Schwarzmann had four goals and four assists, and won seven draw controls, against the Greyhounds.

Maryland (19-3) faces Northwestern in the national semifinals Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.

North Carolina defeated Navy 14-7 in the first round before losing to Syracuse in the quarterfinals 17-16 on Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Brittney Coppa (North Carroll) scored one goal for the Tar Heels.

Sophomore middie Margaret Smith (Westminster/McDonogh) and Brittany Mallory (Sykesville/McDonogh), a defender and graduate student, helped Notre Dame reach the NCAA tournament before the Fighting Irish lost to Northwestern 12-7 in the first round. Smith scored a goal for Notre Dame against the Wildcats.

Penn State topped Towson 15-8 on May 12 in the first round behind a goal and three assists from freshman Maggie McCormick (Liberty). Sophomore Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill) scored a goal as well for PSU, which also includes senior Brittaney Chamberlain (Westminster) on its roster.

The Nittany Lions lost to top-seeded Florida 15-2 in the tourney quarterfinals, but reached 12 wins for the first time since 2005.

Sophomore Kelly Murkey (Westminster) had a goal and an assist for Towson, while sophomore Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster) added a goal. The Tigers also feature former county standouts sophomore Katie Leech (Winters Mill) and senior Katie DeFilippo (South Carroll).

Maryland's men are still alive thanks to the Terps' 11-5 win over Johns Hopkins in the semifinals. Junior midfielder Curtis Holmes (Marriottsville/McDonogh) picked up three ground balls and won nine of 16 face-offs for Maryland, which plays Duke in the Final Four on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.

Division III

Salisbury played for the national championship Sunday against Trinity (Conn.) but the Sea Gulls fell 8-7. Bethany Baer (Westminster) led Salisbury with three goals.

Salisbury beat Stevenson 7-2 in the men's semifinal and Brett Baer (Westminster) collected a ground ball in the win. Baer and the Sea Gulls face SUNY Cortland in the national title game next Sunday in Foxborough.

Stevenson featured junior Kyle Fendlay (Winters Mill), sophomore Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville/Boys' Latin) and Sean Renehan (Sykesville/Calvert Hall) on its roster. Fendlay had four ground balls in the Salisbury game.