May 14, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 1 Maryland took home all three Atlantic Coast Conference individual awards, highlighted by Caitlyn McFadden's second-straight player of the year nod, announced by the league office Friday.
McFadden headlines the 2010 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors for the second consecutive season and is joined by teammate Katie Schwarzmann, who racked up ACC Freshman of the Year honors. Head coach Cathy Reese garnered a share of the coach of the year award alongside North Carolina's Jenny Levy.
McFadden, a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, 2009 National Midfielder of the Year, and two-time IWLCA All-American, has tallied at least one point in 44 consecutive games, the 11th-longest active streak in the nation. The Phoenix, Md., native is also among the NCAA Div. I career active leaders in goals, assists and points and ranks fifth in assists and eighth in points on Maryland's all-time career list. This season, the two-time captain for the 18-1 Terps ranks in the top two in nearly every statistical category for Maryland including points (67), goals (37), assists (30), shots (94), and caused turnovers (25).
McFadden was also tabbed ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second-consecutive year after notching five points on a hat trick and grabbing two assists as Maryland defeated top-seeded North Carolina for its second-straight conference championship. The player of the year honor marks the fifth time in ACC women's lacrosse history that it has been given to the same person who won the league's championship MVP. In addition, McFadden is only the fourth student-athlete in ACC women's lacrosse history to be titled Player of the Year twice. Maryland's Jen Adams (2000 & 2001), Duke's Katie Chrest (2005 & 2006), and Maryland's Dana Dobbie (2007 & 2008) were the other three.
Schwarzmann, a dynamic two-way midfielder, aided the top-ranked defense in the country in holding opponents to a mere 6.68 goals per game in 2010. The versatile athlete registered a breakout game against then fifth-ranked Duke in the regular season, where she scored three goals and added an assist, five ground balls and three caused turnovers to drop the Blue Devils by the largest margin of victory in series history. The newcomer from Sykesville, Md., is currently tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (3) and ranks fourth on the squad in scoring, assists, and shot percentage. This is the second year in a row that Maryland has boasted the ACC Freshman of the Year, with Karri Ellen Johnson taking home the award in 2009.
Reese garners the award for the third time in a mere four seasons at Maryland. The Ellicott City, Md., native owns an impressive 78-9 record at Maryland, while her squad boasted a league-high five all-conference picks and an ACC-best five all-tournament selections. Reese has coached the ACC Player of the Year all four years at Maryland with Dobbie and McFadden each winning the accolade two times.
Top-seeded Maryland begins its NCAA Tournament journey Saturday with a first round contest against Marist at noon at Ludwig Field.