May 12, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team will be looking to punch its ticket to the final four for the first time since 2003 when it challenges No. 7 Syracuse Saturday in an NCAA quarterfinal matchup at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. First draw is slated for noon.
Unbeaten Maryland trounced Colgate, 20-4, in first round play last Sunday in College Park. Maryland went on an incredible 15-0 run to open up the game and got scoring from nine different players, led by hat tricks from Sarah Mollison, Karri Ellen Johnson and Jenny Collins. Tewaaraton finalist and ACC Player of the Year Caitlyn McFadden tallied two goals and two assists to boost her team-high point total to 81.
Syracuse is led by its own Tewaaraton finalist as Katie Rowan boasts 105 points heading into Saturday's contest. The senior scored five goals and added six assists in the Orange's first round win, 20-10, against Boston University last Sunday.
Maryland is a perfect 8-0 against Syracuse all-time. This is the first postseason meeting between the two programs. The winner of Saturday's quarterfinal match in College Park advances to face the winner of the North Carolina/Notre Dame game in the semifinals at Towson University on Fri., May 22.
Free parking will be available in Lot 4I for Saturday's contest. UMUC will hold graduation in the Comcast Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. so it is advised to get to the game prior to 11:30 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Please mention that you are attending the women's lacrosse game when arriving at Lot 4I.
TOPPING THE CHARTS - TERPS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, is making its 22nd appearance in the postseason.
Maryland is one of only 15 teams in NCAA history to head into the tournament with an undefeated record. This season, Maryland and Northwestern join the 2001 Terps as the only teams to boast 19 wins heading into the tournament.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (53) and has the most wins with a 38-15 record. Virginia is second in games played with 46 while Princeton has 30 wins which is second.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is five more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first four national titles the last four seasons while Princeton and Virginia have three to their names.
Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2009 campaign, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 495 and also boast the top winning percentage (.801).
TERPS CRUSH COLGATE, 20-4, IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
Second-seeded Maryland opened its 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship with a 15-0 run en route to a convincing 20-4 win against Colgate in first round action on Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each scored three goals to lead the Terps. Caitlyn McFadden, a Tewaaraton finalist, finished with two goals and two assists. Jenny Collins added three goals off the bench.
Maryland held Colgate to a season-low four goals. It is also the fewest points an opponent has scored on the Terps in 2009.
Maryland's 15 goals is tied for the second-highest scoring output in the first half in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship history. Colgate's three shots in the first period is the third-fewest in tournament history.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
An at-large bid out of the Big East Conference, Syracuse enters Saturday's quarterfinal matchup with a 14-4 record. The Orange fell to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament and has also dropped matches to Virginia, Northwestern and Georgetown.
Inside Lacrosse/Nike National Player of the Week Katie Rowan tallied 11 points on five goals and six assists to lead Syracuse past Boston University, 20-10, in NCAA first round play last Sunday.
The Orange is paced by Rowan's team-high 105 points (49g, 56a). Christina Dove has netted 58 goals to lead the `Cuse attack. Liz Hogan seals up the cage for the Orange, boasting 134 saves and a 9.44 goals against average.
Last season, Syracuse was eliminated by eventual national champion Northwestern, 16-8, in the final four.
Maryland is a perfect 8-0 against Syracuse all-time.
This is the first NCAA tournament contest between the two programs.
April 24, 2005 - Syracuse 4, Maryland 20
March 3, 2004 - Maryland 14, Syracuse 11
March 8, 2003 - Syracuse 7, Maryland 8 (OT)
March 10, 2002 - Maryland 15, Syracuse 11
March 10, 2001 - Syracuse 7, Maryland 11
March 12, 2000 - Maryland 24, Syracuse 11
March 13, 1999 - Syracuse 8, Maryland 18
March 14, 1998 - Syracuse 7, Maryland 21
ACC Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the second half to lift the Terps to its first title since 2003 as top-seeded Maryland downed Duke, 12-11, to win the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Thompson Field on the campus of Virginia Tech.
McFadden ended the day with four goals, four draw controls and two groundballs. Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each added two goals and an assist. Freshman goalie Brittany Dipper ended her tournament with another double-digit save performance, tallying ten against Duke on Sunday.
McFadden was named tournament MVP while teammates Dipper, Johnson, Mollison, Brittany Jones and Karissa Taylor all landed on the all-tournament team.
MD WLAX SWEEPS ACC AWARDS
Caitlyn McFadden headlined the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist is recognized alongside freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
McFadden helped make it three-in-a-row for Maryland as Dana Dobbie won the coveted honor in 2007 and 2008.
Johnson secured Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous freshman campaign in which she tallied team-highs in goals (68), points (77) and draw controls (66).
Reese garnered her second ACC Coach of the Year honor in only three seasons at the helm of the Maryland program. Reese has guided the Terps to a 20-0 record and an ACC title this season.
MCFADDEN NAMED TEWAARATON FINALIST
Maryland midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been named a finalist for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy, an award annually given out to the nation's top women's lacrosse player.
McFadden, a junior, has racked up a team-best 81 points this season for the 20-0 Terps. The Phoenix, Md., native ranks in the top three in goals (50), assists (31), points (81), ground balls (25), draw controls (37), and caused turnovers (18) for second-ranked Maryland in 2009. McFadden ranks 11th in points, 37th in goals and 23rd in assists nationally for the Terps.
A tri-captain, McFadden has led a youth-laden squad that did not regularly start a senior to an unblemished regular season, an ACC championship and the program's 20th consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament. The midfielder is the 2009 ACC Player of the Year, ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Most Valuable Player, and landed on the All-ACC team for the second-straight season.
McFadden is joined by Hannah Nielsen (Northwestern), Jillian Byers (Notre Dame) and ACC-foes Carolyn Davis (Duke) and Amber Falcone (North Carolina) as finalists. Nielsen won the coveted award last season. Maryland's lone Tewaaraton Trophy winner is Jen Adams (2001).
MOLLISON AND JOHNSON TEWAARATON NOMINEES
Karri Ellen Johnson and Sarah Mollison joined Caitlyn McFadden on the prestigious Tewaaraton nominee list.
Johnson's 68 goals this season are a Maryland program-best for a freshman and seventh among all players. The ACC Rookie of the Year in 2009, Johnson was the lone freshman on this year's Tewaaraton list.
Mollison, a sophomore, tops the ACC and ranks 10th in the nation in assists this season with 38. The Australian-product boasts 77 points for the second most-prolific offense in the nation in 2009. An All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament Team honoree, Mollison has the eighth-highest single-season assist total in Maryland history.
FIVE TERPS HEADLINE ALL-ACC TEAM
Junior Caitlyn McFadden, sophomores Sarah Mollison, Laura Merrifield, Brandi Jones and freshman Karri Ellen Johnson were all tabbed to the 2009 All-ACC Women's Lacrosse Team, announced at the ACC Tournament banquet.
In consecutive games, Maryland managed to top the No. 2 team in the country when they dropped Duke and Virginia.
When ranked fifth, the Terps topped Duke at home before earning a No. 3-ranking the next week and defeating No. 2 Virginia on the road.
The underclassmen for Maryland have been nothing short of spectacular for Maryland this season.
60 percent (283 points) of the Terps' scoring comes via the freshman and sophomore classes. The youth have also been responsible for 60 percent (195g) of the goal scoring.
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson leads Maryland in goals (68) and is second in points (79).
Maryland, compliments of a 19-0 record, racked up its eighth undefeated regular season following a win against Princeton, 20-12, on May 2.
The unblemished record is the first for Maryland since 2001, when it last one the national championship.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 26-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
Maryland was a perfect 9-0 in College Park in 2007, going 5-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, 3-0 at Ludwig Field, and 1-0 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland saw its home winning streak come to a halt at 17 games when they fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals to end the 2008 season.
The Terps have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 166-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 10 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
Maryland put together a challenging schedule this season yet continues to roll right through it.
The Terps are a perfect 13-0 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, including two wins over No. 2-ranked squads.
TOP-SEEDED TERPS HURDLE VIRGINIA IN ACC SEMIS
After falling victim to three-time defending champion Virginia the past two seasons, the top-seeded women's lacrosse team was able to knock off the Cavaliers Friday, 15-7, in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Championship at Thompson Field.
Freshman goalie Brittany Dipper ended the game with a career-high 12 saves while the rest of the Maryland defense held All-American Ashley McCulloch without a point for the second time this season. The Maryland offense was led by hat tricks from Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Brittany Jones. The Terps were able to advance to the finals despite Virginia winning more draws and creating fewer turnovers.
TERPS TOPPLE TECH, 16-6
The No. 2 women's lacrosse team got a trifecta of hat tricks from junior Brittany Jones and freshmen Kristy Black and Karri Ellen Johnson on its way to cap a perfect ACC regular season with a win at Virginia Tech, 16-6, on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Field.
Black secured career-bests in goals (3), assists (2) and points (5) on the day. Fellow classmate Brittany Dipper recorded eight saves in only one half of action in the cage.
AWARDS CONTINUE TO PILE UP FOR JOHNSON
After posting four goals to lift the Terps past No. 4 North Carolina, Karri Ellen Johnson was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season.
The freshman was also named womenslax.com and womenslacrosse.com Rookie of the Week for her efforts as the Terps clinched the ACC regular-season title.
TERPS CAPTURE ACC REGULAR SEASON CROWN
If there were any lingering doubts what this year's Maryland women's lacrosse team is capable of, they were erased Saturday, as the second-ranked Terps captured its third-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Regular Season Championship with a win over No. 4 North Carolina, 13-8, at a rain-soaked Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
It was the first time in program history that the Terps have earned the top seed in the ACC Championship for three-straight seasons.
The Maryland defense, which allowed 12 shots in the first half, permitted only six Tar Heel opportunities in the second period.
OFFENSE ERUPTS IN SECOND HALF TO LIFT TERPS
The No. 2 women's lacrosse team scored 14 goals in the second half to burst past Johns Hopkins, 18-12, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Karri Ellen Johnson, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, scored a game-high five goals to pace the offense which saw eight different Terps score. The freshman added four draw controls as Maryland topped the Blue Jays in draws (18-14) and shots (37-17).
MERRIFIELD LANDS SECOND ACC POTW AWARD
Laura Merrifield was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 5. Merrifield led the No. 2 Terrapins to a perfect 2-0 week, including wins over No. 14 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State in the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge.
The sophomore from Hertfordshire, England, erupted for a career-high eight goals as Maryland upended Penn State, 20-12 in the opener of the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus last week. Merrifield's tally of eight was one-shy of the Terps' single game record, while she added one draw control and one caused turnover against the Nittany Lions.
The midfielder scored two goals against Ohio State as Maryland moved to 13-0 on the year following a tight 17-16 victory.
TERPS ROLL THROUGH ACC/ALC CHALLENGE
Sophomore Laura Merrifield erupted for eight goals, including seven in the first half, to lift the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 20-12 win against No. 18 Penn State in the opening game of the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge on the campus of The Ohio State University.
With the help of six goals from freshman Karri Ellen Johnson, the No. 2 women's lacrosse team escaped No. 14 Ohio State, 17-16, to conclude the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge.
JOHNSON SNAGS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Freshman attacker Karri Ellen Johnson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 29.
Johnson helped pace the second-ranked Terps to three wins, including two over ranked opponents, No. 18 James Madison and No. 14 Stanford.
The freshman from Annapolis, Md., tied a career-high with five goals against Towson on Tuesday, before eclipsing that mark with six goals at James Madison on Friday. The attacker also established career-bests with two assists and eight points against the Dukes.
It was the first time since 2007 that a freshman garnered the award. Johnson was also tabbed womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Week.
KARRI'ing THE ATTACK
Karri Ellen Johnson continues to shine in her freshman campaign.
Johnson boasts a team and conference-high 68 goals this season. It is the highest single-season total for a freshman in Maryland program history and is seventh among all players.
MARYLAND BLASTS PAST NO. 14 STANFORD
Junior Brittany Jones had a breakout game, tallying a career-high six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team won an offensive battle against No. 14 Stanford, 20-12, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The win ties Maryland's best start since 2003 when the Terps began their year with 11-straight wins before ending the season in the NCAA semifinals. Bri. Jones' six goal effort ties a season-high for Maryland as Karri Ellen Johnson scored six against No. 18 James Madison on Friday. Sarah Mollison added four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points. Brittany Poist paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Terp goalie Brittany Dipper made seven saves in the winning effort.
TERPS ROLL PAST NO. 18 JAMES MADISON, 17-7
After netting five goals in a defeat of Towson on Tuesday, freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored a career-high six scores and eight points to lead the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 18 James Madison, 17-7, at the JMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.
In total, 11 players tallied points for Maryland. Caitlyn McFadden tallied five assists while Amanda Spinnenweber, and Brandi and Brittany Jones all added two goals each to move Maryland to 10-0.
JOHNSON NETS FIVE AS TERPS TOPPLE TOWSON
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals on Tuesday to propel the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team to a win, 14-7, against Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Johnson's five goals were a game-high and tied a career-best. Jones tallied a career-best six points on three goals and three assists. Jones and Caitlyn McFadden paced the Terps with three draw controls each.
DEFENSE TAKES CENTER STAGE IN WIN OVER BC
A stingy Maryland defense granted only 12 shots as the second-ranked Terps women's lacrosse team upended Boston College, 10-5, in ACC action at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland was nearly perfect on clears, going 13-for-14 while Boston College was 10-for-17. The Terps also more than doubled Boston College's draw controls and ground balls output. Caitlyn McFadden scored a hat trick to lead the Terps. Amanda Spinnenweber wrapped up a team-high four draw controls and two assists. Laura Merrifield added five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'
The sister tandem of Brandi Jones and Brittany Jones has been solid for the Terps this season.
Brandi Jones was named womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Week after she had a pair of four-point games and 11 draw controls against two ranked teams earlier this season. The sophomore All-ACC honoree has scored 28 goals and dished out 32 assists while starting in every game but one in the Maryland midfield.
Brittany Jones has 32 goals and eight assists for 40 points in her junior campaign with Maryland. She was also tabbed to the 2009 ACC All-Tournament Team.
MARYLAND SLIPS PAST NO. 15 DARTMOUTH
The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team needed two extra sessions to get past its fifth-straight ranked opponent but a goal by Karri Ellen Johnson in the second overtime helped Maryland avoid the upset and defeat No. 15 Dartmouth, 13-12, at Scully Fahey Field.
The Terps outshot the Big Green, 37-20, and won all four critical draw controls in the overtime periods. Laura Merrifield and Johnson each led the Terrapin offense with three goals while Caitlyn McFadden, Sarah Mollison and Brandi Jones tallied three points apiece off a goal and two assists. Jones added three ground balls and three caused turnovers while Merrifield paced Maryland with five draw controls.
It was the first time this season that Maryland has been forced into overtime. The Terps improved to 7-0 following the win.
TERPS TROUNCE NO. 13 NEW HAMPSHIRE
The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team, led by five goals from Laura Merrifield, used a total team effort to down No. 13 New Hampshire, 19-7, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
A total of 27 Terps saw action in Sunday's rain-soaked match as Maryland tallied its highest scoring output this season en route to moving to 6-0 on the season. Three goalies, paced by Brittany Dipper's ten saves, combined to give up a mere seven goals to the Wildcats - a team that entered the game averaging nearly 14 goals a contest.
Nine different Terps scored for Maryland in its fourth-straight win against a nationally-ranked foe. Caitlyn McFadden led Maryland with six points on three goals and three assists while Karri Ellen Johnson and Brittany Jones added three goals apiece.
NO. 2 TERPS HOLD ON, TOP NO. 8 HOYAS
Maryland possessed an early lead and held on tight, downing its third top ten-ranked opponent in a row with a road win against No. 8 Georgetown, 14-12, at Multi-Sport Field.
The Terps moved to 5-0 on the year while Georgetown fell to 3-2. Brittany Dipper had seven saves at goalie for the win. Brandi Jones had three goals and one assist while Caitlyn McFadden added two goals and two assists to lead the Terp offense.
MOLLISON NETS SIX AS TERPS ROUT UVA
For the second straight week, Maryland ousted the No. 2 team in the country, defeating Virginia in commanding fashion, 17-11, on the road at Klockner Stadium.
The victory avenged a 10-9 loss to Cavaliers in last season's ACC title game.
For the fourth straight game, a different player led the Terps in scoring as Sarah Mollison led the way with six goals. Karri Ellen Johnson added four goals and a game-high seven draw controls. Maryland outshot Virginia, 28-20, and secured three more draw controls than UVA.
MOLLISON PICKS UP ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOD
Attacker Sarah Mollison was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 8. Mollison helped the third-ranked Terrapins to a 17-11 upset over second-ranked Virginia on the road at Klockner Stadium.
Mollison led Maryland to its second win over a team ranked in the top two in the country Friday as the Terps defeated Virginia. The sophomore scored a career-high six goals and added an assist to best her career-mark in points with seven. She also added a caused turnover and connected on six of her seven shots attempted on the night to move Maryland to 4-0 on the year.
It was the second week in a row the Terps staked claim to the award as Laura Merrifield earned the honor the week prior.
MERRIFIELD SHINES AS TERPS TOP NO. 2 DUKE
Maryland remained perfect on the season with a pivotal ACC win, 15-13, against No. 2 Duke at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Laura Merrifield led the Terps with five goals while Caitlyn McFadden added three assists and a goal for four points. Amanda Spinnenweber had three goals and an assist. Karri Ellen Johnson paced Maryland with four draw controls in addition to scoring three goals. Karissa Taylor and Katie Gallagher led the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers, respectively.
The win avenged a pair of losses to the Blue Devils in 2008, including one that knocked the Terps from the NCAA tournament.
MERRIFIELD NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Laura Merrifield was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 1. Merrifield helped the fifth-ranked Terrapins to a 15-13 upset over No. 2 league-foe Duke at Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The midfielder from Hertfordshire, England, made her 2009 debut in the Terps' lineup and picked up a career-high five goals to lead fifth-ranked Maryland past No. 2 Duke. Merrifield had been sidelined with an injury the first two contests of the 2009 season. The sophomore also added two ground balls and one draw control.
Merrifield was also named WomensLax.com Player of the Week.
MARYLAND OUTLASTS UMASS, 16-4
The UMass women's lacrosse team did all it could to stall the sixth-ranked Terps, but Maryland's offense eventually broke out, racking up 12 goals in the second half en route to a 16-4 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
McFadden set a career-high for goals in a game (7) and point total (8). Mollison also had a career-day, notching bests in goals (3), assists (5) and points (8). The Terps offense has combined for 33 goals in its first two games. Brandi Jones led the Terps with two draw controls, while Mollison, McFadden and Maeve McKew all added two groundballs as Maryland won the ground ball battle, 11-4. The Terrapin defense was tremendous, allowing only ten Minutewomen shots.
TERPS DROP RICHMOND, 17-6
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals and the sixth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team opened up the 2009 campaign with win, defeating Richmond, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium.
Johnson led all players with five goals and five draw controls while Mollison had a career-high three assists. The Jones sister (Brittany and Brandi) tandem combined for seven points on five goals and two assists. Katie Gallagher and Brittany Poist led the Maryland defense with three ground balls apiece.
MCFADDEN LANDS ON U.S. WORLD CUP TEAM
Maryland junior Caitlyn McFadden was one of 18 players selected to compete for the United States in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup from June 17-27 in the Czech Republic. The team was selected following the Champion® Challenge event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the first weekend in February.
McFadden, who boasted All-American honors as a sophomore, is one of six current collegiate players to be named to the team.
In addition to McFadden, former Terp Acacia Walker was also named to the team. Walker played for the Terps from 2002-05 and was a two-time All-American. Walker is currently the associate head coach at UMass. Current Maryland assistant coach and former Terp standout Quinn Carney was named as an alternate. Carney was a four-time national champion and two-time All-American for the Terps. She was a member of the U.S. World Cup champion squad in 2001 and then earned a silver medal in 2005, where she was named to the All-World Team.
MOLLISON AND MERRIFIELD SELECTED TO PLAY IN WORLD CUP
Sophomores Sarah Mollison and Laura Merrifield will compete for the Australian and English national teams, respectively, at this summer's International Federation of Lacrosse World Cup in Prague.
Mollison, a sophomore from Melbourne, was one of the youngest members of the 2005 Australian World Cup team that won the championship. Mollison has won seven Australian championships as a member of the U-21 and U-17 Victorian junior national teams.
Merrifield, a sophomore from Hertfordshire, was a member of the U-19 All-World Team and a co-captain of the U-19 England squad.
2009 CAPTAINS NAMED
Head coach Cathy Reese and the Maryland women's lacrosse team named Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor captains for the 2009 season.
The announcement comes on the cusp of McFadden being tabbed to the 2009 U.S. World Cup Team, which will compete in the Czech Republic this summer. McFadden earned All-America honors in addition to landing on the All-ACC team.
Spinnenweber is also a returning starter and is poised to make an increased impact in the midfield this season. The junior from Pasadena, Md., netted 18 goals and dished out three assists a year ago and appeared in 17 games as a freshman.
Taylor is one of the top returning defenders for Maryland this season after starting in all 20 games as a sophomore in 2008. The Easton, Md.-native tallied 26 ground balls and 20 draw controls last season.
Maryland women's lacrosse fans will need to get accustomed to a few new faces this season, as the Terps added seven to its roster in 2009.
Six freshman and one sophomore transfer newly dot the roster.
Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:
#27 Brittany Poist * Sophomore * D
- led the nation in caused turnovers as a freshman at Louisville
- tenth in the country in ground balls with 54
- Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner while enrolled at North Carroll High School
#5 Grace Gaeng * Freshman * M
- two-sport standout (lax and soccer) at John Carroll HS in Bel Air
- also played lacrosse for the Skywalkers
#8 Kristy Black * Freshman * M
- set Glenelg career records with 172 goals, 143 assists, 315 points and 221 draw controls
- All-American, Toyota Girl's High School All-Tewaarton, and Under Armour All-American
#18 Karri Ellen Johnson * Freshman * A
- won World Championship with U-19 women's lacrosse national team
- high school Tewaarton winner in 2007
#21 Mary Jordan * Freshman * G
- team MVP, All-Galaxy and Under Armour All-American at St. Mary's HS
- also played four years with CCLAX
#22 Elizabeth Hamilton * Freshman * D
- excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey as a prep athlete at Roland Park Country
- first team All-City in lacrosse in 2007 and 2008
#43 Brittany Dipper * Freshman * G
- four-time first team All-Olympic Conference selection
- All-New Jersey pick as a senior and member of U-19 N.J. National Team
TERPS IN THE NEWS
U-Md. Women Turn to Past To Build Lacrosse Contender - Washington Post (May 9, 2009)
Unbeaten Terps Turn Youth Loose, Run Wild - Lacrosse Magazine (April 22, 2009)
Guarding All Goals - Diamondback (April 21, 2009)
These Twinkies are anything but soft and mushy - Business Gazette (April 16, 2009)
Terp Women Win ACC Regular Season Title - Lacrosse Magazine (April 12, 2009)
No Shell Shock Here - Inside Lacrosse (Feb. 18, 2009)
Give and Go: Caitlyn McFadden - Lacrosse Magazine (Feb., 2009)
These Terps are friends, foes alike - Baltimore Sun (March 3, 2009)
WMUC ON THE CALL
Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at www.wmucsports.com.