April 21, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland placed an ACC-record seven student-athletes on the Atlantic Coast Conference's 2000 Women's Lacrosse All-ACC team, including ACC Player of the Year Jen Adams (Marino, Australia). Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal also shared conference Coach of the Year honors with Duke head coach, and Maryland alum, Kirsten Kimmel. The all-conference honors were announced at the 2000 ACC Tournament Banquet, held Friday night at the University of Maryland Conference Center in preparation for the kick-off of the ACC Tournament, which starts tomorrow at Ludwig Field.
The nation's leading scorer, Maryland attacker Adams was named to both the All-ACC team and was named the 2000 ACC Player of the Year. She has accumulated 52 goals and 35 assists this season and is averaging 6.21 points per game. She totaled 11 points against Harvard on March 30 to tie the school record for both points (11) and assists (6) in a single game. Adams is at the top of every ACC scoring category, and averages an outstanding 3.34 goals per game and six points per game in ACC competition.
Maryland's second All-ACC selection and the Terps' third-leading scorer, Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) enters the ACC Tournament fourth in the nation in assists, averaging just under two per game. Carney is currently eighth on Maryland's all-time career assists chart with 67. The junior midfielder, who takes the draw for the Terps, scored a season-high five goals against Dartmouth on March 21 and has 38 draw controls. Carney averages 4.21 points per game, which is 14th in the nation. The 2000 All-ACC selection is the first of her career.
The Terps' second leading scorer, Allison Comito's (Glen Head, N.Y.) selection to the All-ACC team is her second consecutive. Entering the week, she ranked 13th nationally in points per game with 4.14. Against Syracuse, she netted six goals and added two assists for an eight-point day. Comito has posted 11 multiple-goal games this year, while accumulating 34 groundballs and 21 draw controls.
Tri-captain Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) enters the ACC Tournament as one of five Terps with 30 or more goals and 40 or more points. Jenkins' selection was also her second straight stint on the All-ACC team. The senior midfielder does it all for Maryland, scooping 36 groundballs, causing 21 turnovers, and grabbing 17 draw controls this season. She has 30 goals and 15 assists entering the ACC Tournament.
A four-year starter for the Terps, senior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) holds a 7.72 goals per game average, currently 12th in the nation, entering the ACC Tournament. Kahoe was named the ACC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week just last week after amassing 36 saves in a three-win week. The senior goalkeeper highlighted the week with her season-high 18 saves in Maryland's 16-6 win over No. 5 Georgetown on April 13. She also carried a shutout through the first 45 minutes of the Terps' 16-3 win against Johns Hopkins on April 15. A tri-captain, Kahoe has 139 saves this season for a .574 save percentage. Kahoe's selection was the third of her career. She was also an All-ACC pick in 1997 and 1999.
Senior defender Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) anchors a defense that gives up just 7.42 goals per game. She has 13 caused turnovers and 19 groundballs for the Terps. In addition to applying Maryland's pressure defense, she jumpstarts the transition game resulting in three goals and three assists this season. The All-ACC selection was Porras' second straight.
Senior Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) has turned it on again this season for the Terps, finding the net as well as causing trouble for opponents in the midfield. Sommar has 28 goals and 17 assists this season, and is tied with Jenkins as the Terps' fourth-leading scorer. The tri-captain also wreaks havoc in the midfield, causing a team-high 31 turnovers and scooping 37 groundballs. This is Sommar's second All-ACC selection.
In her first 10 years at Maryland, head women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal has an astonishing 141-12 record, and a .921 winning percentage. The ACC Coach of the Year for the second straight year, Timchal and the Terps' won their fifth straight NCAA Championship in 1999, and own the longest active Division I women's streak in the country. The winningest program in women's lacrosse history, Timchal has led the Terps to the Final Four every year since her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game nine of the last 10 years.