Sanza, Schwarzmann Garner Top IWLCA Honors

June 17, 2012

KING PRUSSIA, Pa. - Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association National Defender and Midfielder of the Year, respectively, on Saturday.

Sanza, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, helped the unit limit opponents to a mere 8.00 goals per game this season. The junior from Cockeysville, Md., tallied a team-high 46 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers in 2012. She was also tabbed to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team as Maryland advanced to its fourth consecutive semifinal.

The 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, Schwarzmann was named IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season. The Tewaaraton Award winner and Sykesville, Md., product led Maryland in goals and was second in points. The junior was also second in ground balls and draw controls. Her 72 goals in 2012 was the second highest tally in the country and ranked fifth in Maryland single-season history. She was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.

The duo became Maryland's third consecutive pair to snag multiple top honors at the IWLCA banquet. Schwarzmann and Brittany Dipper were named top midfielder and goalie, respectively, last season and Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor were grabbed top midfielder and defender accolades, respectively, in 2010. Maryland has captured top midfielder honors five straight seasons (Dana Dobbie, 2008; McFadden, 2009-2010; Schwarzmann, 2011-12).