Dec. 30, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team has inked six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season, announced today by head coach Cathy Reese. The class is localized, consisting of four athletes from the state of Maryland and two from neighboring Virginia.
"We are so excited to add this tremendous group of athletes to our squad in the fall of 2009," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Each of them brings something different to the team, but they are all true competitors who demonstrate speed, strength and skills. We feel that this class will immediately impact our program and continue with our high expectations of competitive excellence both in the classroom and on the field."
Alex Aust (Sterling, Va./Bullis High School)
Aust, as a junior, was a first team All-American selection and plays for the Capital Lacrosse Club. At Bullis, she garnered All-ISL first team, All-MET honorable mention, all-county, and All-Gazette first team honors.
Aust on Maryland: "It is close to home and I was born to be a Terp."
Reese on Aust: "Alex is a great athlete who will add speed and strength to the Terp midfield. She is a true competitor who sees the field well and will have an immediate impact on the transition game."
Danielle Kirk (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding High School)
Kirk led IAMM A Division in assists and was voted Under Armour MVP for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Tournament in 2008. She also racked up 44 goals during her junior season. Kirk also played for M&D Lacrosse and coach Frank LeQuang.
Kirk on Maryland: "I chose Maryland because of the team and their work ethic."
Reese on Kirk: "Danielle is a feisty athlete who will hustle all over the field. She is an energetic team player who will be able to play both sides of the field."
Sarah Matz (Reistertown, Md./Bryn Mawr High School)
Matz was a Tewaaraton nominee, Inside Lacrosse Magazine Junior Top Recruit, Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore City, Towson Times All-Star, and selected to play for the Mid-Atlantic Team at the 2008 National Tournament. At Bryn Mawr, she earned the Varsity Cup in 2006 and 2007 while notching scholar-athlete awards in 2005 and 2007. Matz was also a standout in soccer, where she was a two-time captain and All-Baltimore City.
Matz on Maryland: "I had always loved Maryland and came to lots of games when I was younger. I think Maryland has the perfect balance academically, athletically and socially."
Reese on Matz: "Solid attacker with great field vision. Good stick work with a great ability to finish shots."
Sam Barber (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary School)
Barber lettered in both field hockey and lacrosse at Robinson Secondary. Last season, Barber tallied nine goals, four assists, 17 caused turnovers and 19 draw controls as a captain for the 12-3 Rams. Barber was also tabbed a Concorde District and Northern Region first team selection in 2008 as the Rams were crowned Concorde District champions. She also competed for the Capital Lacrosse Club.
Barber on Maryland: "I chose Maryland because of its athletic and academic reputation and its great coaches."
Reese on Barber: "Solid 1v1 defender. She sees the field very well and anticipates slides inside the 8-meter."
Iliana Sanza (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls)
Sanza won 12 letters while enrolled at St. Paul's School for Girls, four apiece in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Sanza was a three-time captain in soccer and served as a captain for basketball as a senior.
Sanza on Maryland: "I have always been a Maryland athletics fan. It was just my dream school."
Reese on Sanza: "Iliana is great at reading passes and breaking up fast breaks. She has learned to use her speed to her advantage while carrying the ball out of the defensive end."
Katie Schwarzmann (Sykesville, Md./Century High School)
Schwarzmann played a pivotal role for the 2006 and 2007 state champion Century, scoring 40 and 67 goals, respectively. A multi-sport athlete who lettered in soccer and basketball as well, Scharzmann is a two-time All-American in lacrosse, also earning First Team All-Metro, Carroll County Times Player of the Year, First Team All-County and First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors. In 2007 and 2008, she competed in the underclassmen Under Armour game.
Schwarzmann on Maryland: "I have always wanted to go to Maryland."
Reese on Schwarzmann: "Katie is a solid athlete that has unlimited potential in the midfield. She's a fast and dynamic player with a great 1v1 challenge to goal."
Maryland kicks off the 2009 campaign with an exhibition match against the U.S. National Team in Orlando Feb. 1.