Katie Schwarzmann's women's lacrosse career came to an end with a triple-overtime loss in the national championship game. But her senior season was good enough to earn a second straight Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the top men's and women's players in the country.
The Century High School graduate is the third women's lacrosse player to win multiple Tewaaratons, joining former Northwestern stars Kristen Kjellman (2006-07) and Hannah Nielsen (2008-09). She led Maryland in ground balls with 39 and was second in scoring with 58 goals and 27 assists.
Schwarzmann edged teammate and Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust, who led Maryland with 125 points (70 goals, 55 assists).
"Alex and I are so close," Schwarzmann said in a laxmagazine.com article. "If it had been her, we would have hugged it out the same way."
The Tewaaraton ceremony took place Friday night at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
With Aust and Schwarzmann leading the offense, Maryland won its first 22 games this season before falling to North Carolina in an epic championship battle. The Tar Heels clipped the Terps 13-12 with a goal in the third OT.
Schwarzmann had three goals on three shots in the final.
Her Terrapins career goes down as one of the best, with 228 goals and 304 points. Both of those stats rank second all-time at Maryland.
Schwarzmann is the career scoring leader in Carroll County history, having graduated from Century in 2009 with a pair of Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year awards and 307 goals.
Schwarzmann and Aust were joined by North Carolina's Kara Cannizarro, Florida's Mikey Meagher, and Syracuse's Alyssa Murray as Tewaaraton finalists.
Before the national player of the year honors, Schwarzmann earned ACC Championship most outstanding player for the second year in a row, and the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year for a third consecutive time.
She's the third Maryland player to win a Tewaaraton Award, with Jen Adams winning the inaugural honor in 2001 and former teammate Caitlyn McFadden in 2010.
Next up for Schwarzmann is joining Team USA for the 2013 World Cup in Ontario, Canada, in July. Until then, she's got another piece of hardware to display, the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse.
"Thank you to our entire coaching staff and to all my teammates," Schwarzmann said during her acceptance speech, "for making this journey worthwhile."