Temple Comes To College Park

May 1, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland (17-1) women's lacrosse team will host Temple on May 2 at 2 p.m. at Ludwig Field in its final regular season game. The game, originally scheduled for March 28, was postponed due to a traffic accident on Interstate 95 South. Unranked Temple enters the game with an 8-7 record, and heads to the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament this weekend. Tuesday's game marks the 24th meeting between the Owls and the Terps. Maryland leads the series with a 13-10-1 advantage. Last season, the Terrapins beat the Owls 23-5 in Philadelphia.

Scouting The Temple Owls
Temple enters its game against the No. 1 Terrapins with an 8-7 record. Kelly Ruch leads the Owls' charge with 56 goals and 12 assists, Patience Synnestvedt adds 24 goals and seven assists. Iris Alvarado tends goal for Temple and has a .598 save perentage, with an 8.40 goals against average.

A Look At The Temple Series
Maryland's series with Temple is one of the historically more evenly-matched ones the Terps have. The series dates back to March 26, 1981, when the Terps scored the 7-3 win. Maryland leads the series with Temple 13-10-1 (.563). Aside from the Yale series, which sits at an even .500 at 1-1, the Temple/Maryland series is the only other series that is near or at .500. Recent history has not been so kind to the Owls, however, as the Terps have defeated Temple in the last 11 games. Temple's last win vs. the Terps came in 1989 with a 9-7 Owl victory. Last season, Maryland had its first 20-goal effort of the season against Temple, beating the Owls 23-5. Jen Adams (Marino, South Australia) was huge against the Owls last season, leading the Terps with five goals and five assists. Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) also had a five-goal game, with Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) adding three.

The Terps' Offensive Numbers
Indisputably the most productive offense in the nation, averaging over 16.5 goals per game in 2000, Maryland has more than enough offensive weapons to keep any defense wondering. The Terps' offense is averaging an astounding 16.61 gpg through 18 games, which is up from their nation's-best 1999 average of 15.8 gpg. The Terrapins' most potent weapons include attack Jen Adams, who leads the nation in points per game and is fifth in assists per game, as well as Allison Comito and Quinn Carney, who are ranked nationally in points per game and assists per game, respectively. Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) have each added over 30 goals this season to round out the Terps' offensive punch.

Leading Scorer Jen Adams
Maryland's Jen Adams leads the nation in scoring and goals with 107 points on 66 goals and 41 assists. The Australia native is averaging 5.94 points per game. The 2000 ACC Player of the Year and MVP of the ACC Tournament, Adams had a stellar effort against Harvard on March 30 totaling a school record-tying 11-points. She also scored eight points against then-No. 4 James Madison on April 1. This season, Adams' astounding totals have also been highlighted by eight-point days against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament (4/23) and Old Dominion (3/25), an 18-point stretch the week of March 7-12, including a six-goal game against Syracuse (3/12), and a nine-point game against ACC rival Virginia (3/14).

Adams' Single-Season Numbers
Jen Adams is looking to make some more noise on the Maryland single-season charts this season, after etching her name at the top of the single-season goals chart last year with 71. Adams also ended last year with 46 assists, marking the second-highest single-season total, two behind Terp legend Kelly Amonte's 1996 total of 48. Her 1999 point-total of 117 was also a Maryland record. So what does all of this mean? Well, she's poised to do it again. With one regular season games remaining (not counting any postseason action), Adams has 66 goals (No. 2 on the single-season list), 41 assists (already fourth in Maryland history), and 107 points (also fourth in Terrapin history).

Adams' Scoring Streaks
Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 48 games. Adams, who has 268 points for her career, began her streak on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win against Vanderbilt. The Terps' scoring leader again this year, she is averaging 3.65 ppg. Adams also has at least one goal in each of the past 29 games.

Adams Ties Single-Game Marks
Jen Adams netted five goals and added six assists for an 11-point outing against Harvard on March 30. Her 11-point game tied the single-game Maryland record that is also held by Maryland's Kelly Amonte (vs. Penn State, 1991), Judy Dougherty (vs. Salisbury St., 1979), and Kay Ruffino (vs. Towson, 1984).

The single-game assists record (6) is also held by Terp assistant coach Sarah Forbes (vs. Brown, 1997), Kelly Amonte (vs. Penn State, 1994), Karen MacCrate (vs. Rutgers, 1993), and Judy Dougherty (vs. Rutgers, 1979). Adams broke the single-season goals mark last year when she netted 71 in the Terps' 1999 national championship campaign.

Adams on the Career Charts
After setting the single-season record for goals at Maryland in 1999 with 71, junior Jen Adams has moved onto the Terps' all-time goals list and sits at No. 2. Adams has 164 career goals. Adams is third on Maryland's all-time assists list with 104. Adams' career point total is now an unbelievable 268 points. She trails all-time leader Kelly Amonte (1993-96) by 51 points.

Comito Bringing The Goals
Junior Allison Comito proved herself a deadly weapon in the Terps' offense once again when she led the Terps against both Princeton and Loyola. Comito is the Terps' second-leading scorer with 53 goals and 25 assists. Her 78 points in 2000 are three away from her 1999 total of 81 points. She ranked 19th nationally last week in points per game with 4.03. Her big game this year came on March 12 against Syracuse when she netted six goals and two assists for an eight-point day.

Carney Turning In An All-ACC Year
All-ACC selection, Quinn Carney does it all for the Terps this season. Carney, who takes the draw for Maryland, has 35 feeds this year and ranked ninth in the nation at 1.88 assists per game last week. Carney can hit the goal, as well, as demonstrated by her five-goal explosion vs. Dartmouth (3/21) and four goal effort against Brown (4/10). She has 35 assists for the season, an average of just less then two a game, and has a 3.83 ppg average.

Carney's Scoring Streak
Terrapin junior Quinn Carney has extended her scoring streak to 47 games after the win over Loyola. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against UNC in the 1998 ACC Semifinals.

Carney On the Assists List
Quinn Carney has moved into a tie at the No. 7 spot with Sascha Newmarch (1995-98) at 74 on Maryland's all-time list. Teammate Christie Jenkins is ninth with 71 assists and Kristin Sommar holds the No. 10 spot with 70.

Jenkins Turning It On
Maryland tri-captain Christie Jenkins has asserted herself once again this season as an important part of the Terps' offense. The senior tri-captain is averaging 3.16 points per game, including two six-point games against Harvard (3/30) and James Madison (4/1), and two five-point efforts against Virginia (3/14) and Old Dominion (3/25). A 1999 first-team All-American, she is Maryland's fourth-leading scorer this season rounding out the top four on an offense that averages 16.61 goals per game.

Jenkins' Scoring Streak To 50
Christie Jenkins is riding a 51-game scoring streak after the Loyola game. The last time the midfielder was held scoreless was on March 31, 1998, against Temple. She has 218 career points, and has moved into sixth on Maryland's career points list.

Jenkins Career Numbers
Christie Jenkins moved into the No. 7 spot on the career goals chart with 147 and also owns the No. 6 slot in career points with 218 in her four-year career. Jenkins is up to 71 career assists- good enough for No. 9 on that all-time list.

The Terps on the NCAA Charts
Not only do the Terrapins own the most productive offense in the NCAA, Maryland has the No. 1, and No. 19 scorers in the nation in Jen Adams and Allison Comito, as well as the nation's top scoring margin and winning percentage. Four individuals are ranked nationally for the Terps, with Adams topping week's points chart with a 6.13 points per game average. She is also second in assists per game (2.44) and seventh in goals per game (3.69).

Comito is 19th nationally in points per game, averaging 4.06 in 16 games. Quinn Carney, averaging 4.15 points per game, and ranks 9th in assist per game with a 1.88 average.

Terrapin goalie Alex Kahoe ranked 6th in goals per game with a 7.32 average and 13th in save percentage last week.

As a team, the Terps are tops in scoring offense (17.06) and scoring margin (9.63). Maryland leads both categories by an over two-goal margin. The Terps' defense is 12th with a 7.44 average. Maryland was also first in winning percentage at .938 entering the week.

Maryland in the Polls
This week marks the Terps' ninth straight week at the top of the IWLCA poll this year. Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 20 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.

The Terps Vs. Ranked Teams
No. 1 Maryland plays one of the toughest schedule in Division I women's lacrosse, and has already faced 15 ranked opponents this year for a 14-1 record against foes ranked in the IWLCA poll. The Terps are 6-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 5, with wins over then-No. 2 Duke on March 3 (14-10), then-No. 4 Virginia on March 14 (17-8), then-No. 4 James Madison (24-15) on April 1, then-5 Georgetown (16-6) on April 13, then-No. 3 Princeton (14-7) on April 26, and then-No. 5 Loyola on April 29 (12-4). Maryland's only loss to a Top 5 opponent, or any opponent for that matter, was its 14-13 triple overtime loss to then-No. 5 North Carolina. The Terps' are 14-1 against ranked opponents, and hold a 10-1 advantage over Top-10 foes.

Lacrosse Power Ratings (5/1/00)

Rk  Team              Pts.
 1. Maryland          99.90
 2. James Madison     93.70
 3. Princeton         93.32
 4. Dartmouth         93.16
 5. North Carolina    92.99
 6. Duke              92.96
 7. Virginia          92.91
 8. Georgetown        92.42
 9. Loyola            91.31
10. Boston University 89.76

Lacrosse Strength of Schedule (5/1/00)

Rk  Team           Gm Strength PR
 1. North Carolina 17 81.44    5
 2. Maryland       18 79.50    1
 3. Virginia       17 79.37    7
 4. Duke           16 78.42    6
 5. James Madison  16 78.24    2
 6. Penn State     17 77.93    12
 7. Princeton      16 77.11    3
 8. William & Mary 15 77.02    18
 9. Georgetown     15 76.34    8
10. Old Dominion   16 75.82    21