Feb. 21, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In its March/April 2001 issue, Sports Illustrated for Women has tabbed the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team as its preseason number one for the 2001 season. The Terps are the six-time defending NCAA champions and are seeking the 10th national title in school history this season.
In addition, the publication has named Jen Adams its preseason Player of the Year selection. Adams was Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and will be vying for the NCAA career points record this season.
Below is SI for Women's preview of this year's college lacrosse season:
With six consecutive NCAA titles and a 134-5 record since 1995, Maryland coach Cindy Timchal says that lofty expectations might just be her team's toughest opponent this season. "It would be insurmountable pressure if we said winning a seventh championship in a row was our goal," Timchal says. "We'll just try to raise our level of play and focus on being the best we can."
Expect the dynasty to continue in 2001 thanks to players like senior Jen Adams, the slick stickhandling two-time All-America from Brighton, Australia. Last year Adams led the nation in scoring with 81 goals and 55 assists. That was 44 points higher than the next closest player, who happened to be fellow senior attacker Allison Comito (65 goals, 27 assists). If Maryland has one potential weakness, it's at goal, where two-time All-America Alex Kahoe has graduated. Still, with a roster flush with talent across the field, the Terrapins can be counted on to fulfill all expectations, lofty and otherwise, come May.
Senior Julie Shaner and juniors Charlotte Kenworthy, Lauren Simone and Kim Smith (who accounted for 67.5% of Princeton's goals last season) are back for the national runner-up.
The Cavaliers have five of their top six goal scorers returning, including senior Jamie Haas.
4. North Carolina
Junior attacker Kellie Thompson (36 goals) is a player to watch.
The Blue Devils are anchored by junior midfielder Kate Kaiser (41 goals).
Led by All-America Sheehan Stanwick, the Hoyas will earn a fourth straight tournament berth.
7. James Madison
Despite graduating seven starters, the Dukes will be strong behind senior goalie Jennifer Corradini.
The Greyhounds' leader is junior All-America goalie Tricia Dabrowski, second in the nation in goals-against average (6.97).
Junior defender Carrie Soults anchors the Orange in the back.
Goalie Sarah Hughes will keep the Big Green in the top 10.
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Player of the Year
Already a two-time national player of the year, Maryland's Jen Adams is poised to win the honor again and rewrite the NCAA record book in the process. The senior attacker needs 124 points to become the NCAA's alltime career scoring leader.