March 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maryland boasted a nation-best five players on the 2011 Tewaaraton Watch List, announced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Friday.
Seniors Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison, juniors Brittany Dipper and Karri Ellen Johnson, and sophomore Katie Schwarzmann all made this year's preliminary list which included 50 student-athletes from across the nation.
Caitlyn McFadden became the Terps' second Tewaaraton winner last season after a sensational senior campaign that was capped with a win in the 2010 national championship game.
Below is a quick breakdown of Maryland's representatives on this year's list:
Three-year starter at goalie
Has led Maryland to back-to-back ACC championships, racking up 12 saves against top-seeded North Carolina in the championship contest last season.
One of the top goalies in the nation according to goals against average, posting a 6.42 mark in the category through five games in 2011.
Karri Ellen Johnson
A preseason favorite for this year's award, Johnson finds her name on the watch list for the third consecutive season.
Only five games into her junior campaign, Johnson ranks fifth in career goals at Maryland with 166. She has a team-high 21 goals and 28 points this season.
Johnson was tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year in late January.
One of the tallest players in the country, Merrifield has used not only her height but her speed as well to topple opponents for four seasons at Maryland.
A member of England's national team, Merrifield has had a rocky road early this season, battling a flurry of illness and injury before breaking out against No. 5 Virginia with a five-goal showing Friday.
The senior captain is a crucial two-way midfielder for the defending national champions.
The Australian national team product is a three-year starter for Maryland and is listed as a Tewaaraton nominee for the second straight season.
A two-time IWLCA All-American, Mollison is currently sixth all-time in career assists at Maryland with 88.
When she's not dishing, the two-time captain can score as well, registering 108 goals in her four-year stint in College Park.
The top rising star in lacrosse, Schwarzmann has only begun to show her versatility entering her second season at Maryland.
The 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year boasts 21 goals this season while serving as an integral part of Maryland's defensive effort as well. Schwarzmann was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season.
A member of the U.S. National Team, Schwarzmann was an IWCLA Second Team All-American as a freshman.