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Carroll County Sports HOF: A rise to become one of nation's best for Schwarzmann

Katie Schwarzmann carries the ball for Maryland against Duke during her college playing days with the Terps.
Katie Schwarzmann carries the ball for Maryland against Duke during her college playing days with the Terps.(Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Katie Schwarzmann, the youngest of four children, was often driven to and from her older siblings' sporting events as she was growing up.

She learned a lot by watching her two older sisters play lacrosse, she said, and she wanted to emulate everything they did. Ashley and Lauren Schwarzmann each played Division I lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, but the youngest Schwarzmann paved her own collegiate path.

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Following a standout high school lacrosse career at Century, during which she set Carroll County's all-time scoring record with 307 goals, Schwarzmann continued her education at Maryland where she played for the Terps. Maryland made an appearance in the Final Four every year during Schwarzmann's career and they captured the national championship in 2010, the program's 10th.

She won the Tewaaraton Award — college football's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy — as a junior and senior at Maryland, and she's just the third player to win the award twice. The 25-year-old will be honored with an induction into the Carroll County Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Carroll Community College on Friday.

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"I absolutely loved it," Schwarzmann said. "There's so much tradition being that program has so much success and when I look back on my experience there, I know I was very timid to first step onto the field. The coaching staff there instills so much confidence in you and I believe that if I hadn't gone there, I wouldn't have been the player I am today."

The Terps won six straight ACC tournament titles, four during Schwarzmann's career. In addition to her two-time Tewaaraton Award recognitions, she was named the 2012 and 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Schwarzmann was a three-sport athlete at Century and received 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She helped the Knights girls lacrosse team win three state titles (2006, 2007, 2009) and was Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year as a junior and senior.

"I had a great time at Century and it's a huge testament to not only my sister who played there before me, but Rose Pentz, the coach who pushed me to get better," Schwarzmann said. "I think that was a big step in my preparation for going to Maryland, being able to play against teams we played in high school and her pushing me to be better. That record is a huge testament to her and my teammates."

Lauren Schwarzmann encouraged her younger sister to try out for the U.S. National Team after her freshman year at Maryland in 2010. Katie Schwarzmann registered 10 goals through seven tournament games in the 2013 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, as the youngest player on the team at the time, and won a gold medal with the team that year.

Schwarzmann continues to play for the U.S. National Team and resides in Sykesville, and she has helped Lauren as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's for the past three seasons.

"It's a great experience and it's awesome to have the opportunity to be surrounded by 20-30 of the best players in the country," Schwarzmann said about being pasrt of Team USA. "Every weekend I have with them, I feel like I'm constantly learning, but from the staff too."

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