Feb. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four Maryland players were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Watch List, the early compilation of players who will be under consideration for college lacrosse's highest individual honor.
The Terps boasted more Tewaaraton nominees than any other program in the nation. Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to this year's list. All four were named Inside Lacrosse Preseason First Team All-Americans earlier this season.
Dipper was the IWLCA, Synapse Sports, and WomensLax.com National Goalie of the Year last season. The Clarksboro, N.J., native was also an IWLCA First Team All-American and was tabbed to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team for the third straight season.
Johnson missed the majority of last year's ACC championship campaign but is poised for a mighty return in 2012. The senior was named Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year in 2011 and is a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American.
Sanza is set to take over as the anchor of a historically-tough Maryland defense. A second team all-region selection in 2011, Sanza registered 31 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers for the nation's top-ranked defense.
Schwarzmann garnered a slew of awards in 2011 including IWLCA, Synapse Sport and WomensLax.com National Midfielder of the Year. The Sykesville, Md., product was also a finalist for the Honda Award and Tewaaraton Trophy.
Maryland returns to action Thursday with a 4 p.m. tilt against Delaware at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.