April 21, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapin women's lacrosse team will conclude ACC regular season play Saturday at Boston College. First draw from Newton Field is slated for 1 p.m.
The game will likely be a preview of next week's first round game at the ACC Tournament. The winner of Saturday's game will be seeded fourth, and the loser will be fifth, and will play on Thursday in Baltimore.
Maryland has been idle since last Saturday's loss to North Carolina, while Boston College picked up a win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. The Terps are 10-5 (1-3 ACC) and the Eagles are 8-6 (1-3 ACC).
The Terps have won seven of their last nine games.
In four of Maryland's five losses, the Terps have failed to score double digits.
All of Maryland's losses this season have come to teams ranked in the top 10.
The Terps have scored 137 goals over the last seven games (15.1 per game). During that span, Krista Pellizzi has netted the most goals for the Terps with 28. The Maryland defense has been equally as impressive in the last six games allowing only 66 goals (8.5 per game).
Allie Buote now has 121 on the season. The sophomore had just 10 saves in limited action last season.
Krista Pellizzi had 34 career points (23g, 11a) in two seasons as a Terrapin. This season she has 60 points (38g, 22a).
The Terps have five players with 30 or more points. Four players have double-digit assists on the year.
The Terps improved play over the last seven games can be attributed to a better job on draw controls. In Maryland's sluggish 3-3 start, the Terps were winning less than 50 percent of the draws (61 out of 126). However, over the last nine games, Maryland has won nearly 60 percent of the draws (136 out of 234). Kelly Kasper has helped in that area, coming down with 35 draws in those nine games (3.8 draws per game). She is among the ACC's leaders in that category for the season.
Kelly Kasper has proven she can make plays all over the field for the Terps. She is among the top three on the team in six different statisical categories (goals, assists, points, draw controls, groundballs and caused turnovers). As of April 10, she leads the ACC and is eighth in the country in caused turnovers per game (2.07).
Scouting The Eagles
The Eagles come into this week's game with a mark of 8-6 overall and 1-3 in their first season in the ACC.
BC is led in scoring by Elizabeth Kadison. She has 26 goals and 10 assists on the year. Freshman Jenna McCabe leads the Eagles with 11 assists this season. Lauren Fitzpatrick has a team-high 15 caused turnovers on the year. Emily Hannigan is second on the team with 12. The Eagles are coached by Bowen Holden, who is in her first season at BC. She played and coached at Georgetown.
Cox Named Tewaaraton Nominee
Senior midfielder Delia Cox is among the 21 players up for the 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced today. The award, which will be presented June 1, is given annually to the country's top player.
Cox leads the team with 41 goals and 19 assists for a career-high 60 points this season. Her 19 assists are also a single-season best for the Newbury, Mass., native. She earned ACC Player of the Week honors on March 27 for helping Maryland past two ranked opponents.
Cox has scored a goal or an assist all but one game over the past two seasons.
The list of 21 will be narrowed to five finalists before the award presentation on June 1.
With goals in her first 15 games, Kelly Kasper has scored a goal in 21-straight games (dating back to last season).
Delia Cox has scored a point in her last 33 games (dating back to last season.)
In addition to the 33-game scoring streak, Delia Cox has also started every game Maryland has played during her career, a streak of 76 consecutive starts.
Moving On Up
Delia Cox has scored 159 goals in her career, and she now needs just three more goals to crack Maryland's top five in that category.
With four more points, she will become just the 12th person in Terrapin history to reach the 200-point mark.
Timchal, Terps On NCAA 25th Anniversary Team
Five University of Maryland players and head coach Cindy Timchal were selected to the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse team for their outstanding achievements while competing and coaching in NCAA championships. The NCAA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of women's championships in several sports during the 2005-06 athletic season.
Maryland alums Jen Adams, Kelly Amonte, Sarah Forbes, Alex Kahoe and Tracy Stumpf were all named to the team. Timchal was selected as the team's head coach.
An expert sports panel picked the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team. The panel consisted of current and former coaches, athletics administrators and sports information directors. Boston University will host the semifinals and finals of the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships, May 26-28, in Boston.