One of Lauren Schwarzmann's former youth basketball coaches once told her she was destined to be a leader. She was just a young girl at the time, and never thought about it until later.
Schwarzmann, 31, was a member of Century High School's first graduating class in 2004 where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She accumulated eight varsity letters during her high school career — she also lettered in soccer and lacrosse at South Carroll prior to transferring to Century as a sophomore in 2002.
Century had not yet fielded varsity sports when Schwarzmann arrived, and she was skeptical about the move at first. When former girls lacrosse coach Rose Pentz started the program in 2002, Schwarzmann worked her way back up to competing at the varsity level.
The Knights advanced to the state finals in their first year as a varsity program and lost to Hereford. The following season, Schwarzmann's senior year, the Knights earned another chance to compete for a state title and won.
"You get this opportunity to go to a brand new school and start new traditions," Schwarzmann said. "It was the best thing that ever happened to me at that point in my life, going to Century, taking a brand new opportunity to start something great. From the history of sports and the tradition in girls sports of being a powerhouse, I think that our 2004 class really paved the way for that."
Looking back, Schwarzmann said it was one of her most memorable experiences. She is one of five new members set to be inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Carroll Community College on Friday.
After graduating from Century, Schwarzmann pursued her college education at Johns Hopkins University and played on the women's lacrosse team from 2005-2008. She earned four All-American Lacrosse Conference first-team honors, and ranks 12th all-time in Blue Jays history with 118 career points (79 goals, 39 assists).
Schwarzmann earned a spot on the U.S. National Team as a senior at Hopkins and competed for five years until 2013. She is currently the head coach at Mount St. Mary's after making previous stops at Stanford as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, and at Cincinnati as the Bearcats' top assistant and recruiting coordinator from 2009-2011.
"I knew that coaching was something I wanted to do; I just didn't know at what level," Schwarzmann said. "I loved the idea of being able to build relationships and do something different every single day. The life of a coach is always unique and obviously led to greater opportunities for me."
Carroll County has fielded top-level lacrosse talent for years and Schwarzmann admires the goals and ambitions of these young athletes — it's made her proud to be a product of Carroll.
"I'm really proud to say I'm from Carroll County," Schwarzmann said. "When I do say that, people say, 'Oh my gosh, such great lacrosse,' and that's really something that puts a smile on my face, knowing that I was a part of that from the beginning. Now there's a strong reputation for the types of players that come out of the county. You see it in box scores, now there's talent spread throughout all the schools which is great to see."
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If You Go
What: Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony
When: Friday night at 6
Where: Carroll Community College
Tickets: Call 410-259-0871 or 443-398-0139, or visit the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, 9 E. Main St., No. 105, Westminster, 21157