Talented athlete who is mainstay as central defender after earning starting nod last year ... very competitive player who has made impact first two years appearing in all 39 games ... plays ball well in the air ... continues to improve all aspects of game ... intimidating force who does not lose the ball leading attack from the back ... boasts exceptional speed and quickness along with strong physical strength ... sees the field well along with solid distribution ... selected to carry the Olympic Flame for the ATHENS 2004 International Olympic Torch Relay ... two-year letterwinner.
2004: One of just four players and lone defender to start all 20 games ... credited with five shots, twice ripping off pair in Patriot League overtime draws versus Bucknell (1-1) and American (2-2) ... had one shot on goal in both ... other shot came in non-league tilt versus Cornell ... helped Army record unbeaten mark over final 10 matches posting 6-0-4 mark ... five of the wins were by a goal including a pair of shutouts.
2003: Appeared in all 19 games with starts in eight ... registered first career assist in 2-1 come-from-behind road victory over Columbia ... scramble in front of net off her cross set up Sarah Domme's game-winner in the 86th minute ... assisted on opening goal in home win versus Rider for second helper of the season ... game-high three shots recorded against Air Force at the Military Academies Classic ... registered first career start against Lehigh during eight-game span with lead unit.
High School: Split time as a defender and midfielder while lettering in soccer at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, Mo. ... led team to 2002 state finals .. twice selected as a scholar-athlete by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... an all-conference selection final two years ... member of JB Marine club team that competed for fourth straight State Cup title ... helped squad to regional championship in 2000 ... served as captain of high school soccer squad her senior year ... lettered twice in softball as well ... earned all-metro and all-conference accolades on the diamond.
Personal: Given name is Maria Elizabeth Schmitz ... born Oct. 1, 1984 ... parents' names are Anthony and Jeanne Schmitz ... majoring in Psychology.