Katie Schwarzmann may not be a household name, but she certainly has proven to be one of the best lacrosse players of all time. After attending the University of Maryland, winning two Tewaaraton trophies, playing for team USA, and getting sponsored by Under Armour, Katie is still looking to take her game to the next level. Unfortunately, for Katie there wasn’t a chance to take her game to the next level…until now!
This spring the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) held their inaugural draft. Katie was selected first overall by the Baltimore Ride. She will be joined by a host of Maryland Alumni including Alex Aust (Maryland `13), Dana Dobbie (Maryland `08), Beth Glaros (Maryland `14), and Brooke Griffin (Maryland `15).
In their effort to grow the game and attract fans, the UWLX will add a few new rule changes such as shortening the field, adding a 90 second shot clock, forcing teams to clear the ball past midfield in 20 seconds, adding a 2-point line, and changing the number of players on the field to 10 per team.
“I think it’s just going to encourage a faster-paced game — more goal scoring, more excitement for the fans that are watching, more excitement for us playing. I think it’s only positive that they’re incorporating different rules.”
This summer, the four UWLX teams will travel to select tournaments over a span of two months.
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