Jan. 4, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, MD. -
Maryland women's lacrosse head coach Cindy Timchal and junior attacker Jen Adams (Brighton, Austrailia) have been honored as the e-lacrosse Coach of the Year and Women's College Player of the Year for 1999. The announcement comes just two months before Maryland will begin its title defense and shoot for its sixth-straight NCAA title.
In just nine years at Maryland, Timchal has recorded an astonishing 128-11 record, a .920 winning percentage. The 1999 ACC Coach of the Year, Timchal and the Terps' won their fifth-straight NCAA Championship, and their sixth championship overall under Timchal last season. The team's title streak is the longest active Division I women's streak in the country, and the Terps are the winningest program ever in women's lacrosse history. Timchal has lead the Terps to the Final Four every year since her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game eight of the last nine years. She has coached over 50 All-Americans, and has won 224 games in her career.
Adams was the leading scorer for the 1999 NCAA National Champion Maryland women's lacrosse team. For her outstanding season, she also received the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's National Player of the Year Award, as well as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year award from College Lacrosse USA. An All-American, Adams was the NCAA leader in goals scored last season, and was the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Division I Championships. In addition to those accolades already mentioned, Adams earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in only her sophomore year at Maryland.
Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait also received e-lacrosse honors as the Indoor Player of the Year. Gait spent 1999 with the Baltimore Thunder, which is now the Pittsburgh Crossfire, and will continue to play with the team this year making the commute to Pittsburgh for practices and games. Gait has spent nine years in the pros, seven in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) and two in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). He was the 1998-99 NLL MVP and a seven-time MILL first-team All-Pro.
Maryland begins this season's action with an exhibition game against the Japan Athletic University on Feb. 29 at 4:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terrapins kick off their regular season on the road on Fri., March 3 at Duke at 7 p.m., and Sun., March 5 at North Carolina. That game begins at 1 p.m.