May 24, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - Six Maryland student-athletes were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Regional team Thursday.
Senior Karri Ellen Johnson and juniors Alex Aust, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann garnered first team honors. It was the third first-team nod for Johnson and Schwarzmann and the first for Aust and Sanza. Brittany Dipper and Kelly McPartland were named to the second team.
Johnson rebounded from a tumultuous junior campaign to net her third all-region honor. A four-time All-ACC honoree and four-time Tewaaraton nominee, the senior attacker is second and fourth on Maryland's career goals and points list, respectively. The Annapolis, Md., native has racked up a team-high 76 draw controls as a captain for the Terps in 2012. She was instrumental in leading Maryland to four straight ACC titles and four consecutive NCAA semifinal berths.
The 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, Schwarzmann netted her third straight first team all-region honor. The Tewaaraton finalist and Sykesville, Md., product leads Maryland in goals and is second in points. She is also second in ground balls and draw controls. Her 69 goals this season rank eighth in Maryland single-season history.
Aust is in the middle of a breakout season for the Terps. The junior from Sterling, Va., boasts a team-high 96 points and 51 assists in 2012. Her assist total this season ranks third all-time in Terrapin single-season annals and her point tally ranks eighth. Aust established an ACC tournament record with 13 assists and 17 points during Maryland's three-game run to its fourth straight conference title.
Sanza, the Terps' top defender and one of Maryland's three Tewaaraton nominees, helped the unit limit opponents to a mere 7.95 goals per game this season. The junior from Cockeysville, Md., has tallied a team-high 43 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers in 2012. This is the latest in a flurry of honors for Sanza this season. She was also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in early May.
Dipper was tabbed to the ACC All-Tournament team for a fourth consecutive season. The defending IWLCA National Goalie of the Year has recorded a career-high 144 saves and boasts a 19-3 record in the cage as a senior captain. This is the second all-region honor for the Clarksboro, N.J., native.
McPartland tallied 38 goals and nine assists while starting all 22 games for Maryland this season. The midfielder from Farmingdale, N.Y., is the first freshman to garner all-region honors since Schwarzmann in 2010.
The IWLCA has honored a total of 128 student-athletes in Division I. All athletes tabbed to the list are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 27. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 16, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
Maryland battles Northwestern in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook N.Y.