Loyola women’s lacrosse defender Katie Detwiler recently talked with PressBox about her favorite thing about Baltimore, who she looked up to when she got to Loyola and more. The 5-foot-5 Detwiler won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, recording 41 draw controls, 20 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers for a Greyhounds team that went 12-3 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Katie Detwiler: I think just growing up, I was always surrounded by it. I come from the Philadelphia area, so I was a big basketball player and then in middle school I was introduced to lacrosse then I just started playing. I really liked the competitive aspect of it.
PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
KD: Just watching players growing up, Maddy Lesher was a big role model to me. She went to the same high school as me and she actually went to Loyola as well. She just always had a really competitive, relentless attitude toward herself and her play, which I always looked up to.
PB: Why did you choose to come to Loyola?
KD: I loved the coaching staff. [Jen Adams, Dana Dobbie and Caroline Hager] are some of the best coaches around and best players around for just getting to learn from them, and just the team atmosphere. Coming here, you could tell everybody was so close on and off the field, which is something I was looking for, so I love that and just the team dynamic and how competitive they were, being a big, competitive Division I program.
PB: What is your favorite memory so far at Loyola?
KD: Winning the Patriot League championship my freshman year might’ve been one of my favorites just because it was like my first real huge college win. That’s one that I really remember a lot — the before, the during, the after, celebrating with all the families and parents. The whole day was something that I’ll never forget.
PB: What did it mean to you to win Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2021?
KD: It means everything. I have my whole team, obviously. I couldn’t do it without any of them. How hard we push each other in practice helped me be the player that I am.
PB: What’s your favorite thing about Loyola and Baltimore?
KD: I love Baltimore. I feel like it’s a perfect-sized city, and it brings a lot of people together. We have our Loyola community but then there’s Johns Hopkins and Towson right next door. You see a lot of people that you know, which I like. You think Loyola’s a small school, but it’s fun to see people that you know all the time and stuff like that. I really like the community that Baltimore brings, and it is kind of a lacrosse city, which is cool. Lacrosse is kind of everywhere you go, which is fun.
PB: Who’s your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
KD: I don’t know if I could choose one person. I would say all of my roommates, probably, especially during COVID and everything. Just kind of having that backbone and support system through COVID and all those weird times, I don’t think I could’ve made it through any of that without them. We’re always here for each other on and off the field, no matter the issue.
PB: Who was a player you looked up to when you first got to Loyola?
KD: Before I got to Loyola it was Maddy Lesher, but while actually being at Loyola, Lindsey Ehrhardt was a senior when I was a freshman. She was always a super tough player and she’s just someone that I always looked up to as a person on and off the field. She always worked hard, kept her head down, put the work in and was very humble, which I also admired about her throughout everything.
PB: What advice would you give to young players?
KD: Be where your two feet are, just kind of focus on where you are. It’s so exciting to [think], “Oh, I want to get to college, I want to do this and this.” But enjoying club moments, enjoying high school moments and once you get to college, enjoying that, it all goes by so fast. Enjoy where you are. Be excited for the future, but also take advantage of all the opportunities you have in front of you.
PB: What are your goals for after lacrosse?
KD: Whenever it ends, it would say I’m all over the place a little bit. But it’s my dream to play professional lacrosse. That would be an awesome opportunity. And then I’m a marketing major, so maybe something in that field, but then I’m also super interested in maybe coaching at the collegiate level or something like that, just kind of all over the place.
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