Maryland women’s lacrosse senior midfielder Hannah Warther recently spoke with PressBox about following in her father’s footsteps at Maryland, her memories from playing at Century High School and more. The Sykesville, Md., native posted 12 goals, six ground balls and five draw controls in 2019, then had 14 goals, 12 ground balls and 15 draw controls during the shortened 2020 season. She was part of the Century team that won the MPSSAA Class 3A/2A state title in 2015.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Hannah Warther: My dad, [John], played soccer all his life. He played one year at Navy and then he actually played soccer at UMD. So I was always more into soccer growing up. My dad put me into lacrosse probably at the age of 5 or 6, but I really didn’t think much of it. I was always so focused on soccer. [Lacrosse] was kind of just a sport that I would play in the spring to keep in shape. And then in high school is really when things switched and I became more lacrosse-focused. I was getting recruited by more lacrosse [programs]. My mindset kind of changed toward lacrosse. That’s how it came about.
PB: How cool is it for you to extend your family’s legacy at Maryland?
HW: We are huge Terp fans in our family. I’ve grown up in a Terp family, so it was always in my head to become a Terp myself. I always came to basketball games with my dad, and my dad was also actually at Sigma Chi here at Maryland. He and all of his buddies would tailgate at all the games. I was always on Maryland’s campus. I really did get a feel for the vibe and culture at Maryland in high school and whatnot just by coming to games with my dad. That was really special to continue on that path that my dad [started].
PB: Who was the biggest influence on your lacrosse game growing up?
HW: Honestly for me it would also be my dad. He was with me every step of the way in my sports career growing up. He was always in the backyard kicking around the soccer ball with me and playing lacrosse. Obviously, he didn’t play lacrosse growing up so his stick skills were a little rusty, but he was still always out there playing defense on me and working on draw controls and whatnot. I would have to say my dad has been my biggest supporter throughout my sports career and all aspects academically. He cares a lot about sports, but he honestly cares more about academics and my future career path.
PB: What are your favorite memories of playing at Century High School?
HW: Probably winning states my junior year. That was great. Playing on that team was so much fun. We had so much good talent. We had obviously Marissa Donoghue and Shelby Mercer, [both of whom graduated from Maryland] two years ago, Kylie Davis, who’s still on the team with me. Such great players came out of Century: Katie Schwarzmann, Alice Mercer. It was just honestly so fun to play with all those amazing players. Madi Hall went to Florida. We really had such a great talent pool, so just being able to play with all those amazing players was definitely the best part and my greatest memory.
PB: Why did you choose to come to Maryland other than your dad having played baseball there?
HW: Honestly, the No. 1 reason was definitely the coaching staff. Right when I first met them, they just made me feel so at home and happy. And all of them, they’re just mother figures to all of us, so I think that really was one of the main reasons. Also, just the culture at Maryland, the campus, being close to home — that was a huge player in my decision, I wanted my parents to be able to come to the games — and just the overall team dynamic. I think all the players are so close with each other on and off the field, and I think the relationships that are made on our team just channel the field and are why we are so successful.
PB: What’s your favorite memory so far at Maryland?
HW: I’d say freshman year, national championship, playing in Gillette Stadium. That was just amazing. First year coming to school and being a part of something like that, it’s just really cool to be a part of and just seeing how all of our hard work paid off.
PB: What’s your favorite thing about the University of Maryland and College Park?
HW: Honestly, the people, my teammates. I wouldn’t have the same experience without my teammates. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates and roommates. We do everything together. We eat together. Just every aspect of my college experience has been side by side [with] my teammates. So I’d say my teammates are the best part.
PB: Who’s your best friend on the team?
HW: I wish I could say all my roommates. My answer is Lizzie Colson. We were roommates freshman year. We’ve just been through so much together.
PB: Who was a player you looked up to early in your career at Maryland?
HW: Definitely the first person that comes to mind is Katie Schwarzmann, so I always would look up to her. I think she’s such an amazing player still to this day. She’s so fast. She’s so fun to watch. She has such an eye for the game.
PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
HW: One of my favorite quotes is, “Your mindset is your best asset.” I think just using that quote, just never lose sight of your dreams and what you want in life and never be afraid to take risks. Obviously, the importance of hard work — if you just keep putting in that practice and keep working hard at whatever you want every single day, outcomes will definitely transpire. And I also think to never be afraid of trying something. Even if you fail, you’ve learned so much from failing. But if you don’t try, you’ll just have regrets.
PB: What are your goals for after lacrosse?
HW: I’m actually in a job search right now. I am getting my masters in supply chain management right now. I am looking to enter into the consulting industry and do business consulting, hopefully for one of the big four firms.
PB: What did you do last spring as far as lacrosse after the season was canceled?
HW: I would go up to the track and play wall ball a lot, keep working out. I actually got super into running and was running like 10 miles, which is not me. I usually don’t do long distance. I was just doing drills by myself, hitting the wall up.
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