March 6, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland (1-1, 1-1 ACC) will look to bounce back from it's first loss in two years with three games this week. The Terrapins dropped a 14-13 decision to No. 5 North Carolina in triple overtime on Sunday for the team's first loss in two years. Last time the Terps lost was to Carolina in the 1998 ACC Tournament in Charlottesville, Va., 12-10. Three of the four losses the Terps have been dealt in the past two seasons have been to the Tar Heels, including the last three straight. The other was to ACC rival Duke. Sunday's loss snapped a nation's best 29-game win streak.
Maryland To Face Towson, Penn State, Syracuse
The Terrapins begin their campaign to start a new win streak when they take the short trip to Towson on Tuesday, March 7. Maryland also faces Penn State on Thursday in its home opener at 3 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terps hit the road again to meet Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m. to road out this week's action for he defending national champions.
Maryland holds a 24-6 advantage in its series against Towson. The Terps have not lost to the Tigers since 1976 when Towson defeated the Maryland 7-6 in the Maryland State Tournament. Last season, Maryland demolished the Tigers 21-2 at Ludwig Field. Maryland has allowed the Tigers only 17 goals in the past five meetings. The Terps' largest margin of victory in the series was last year's 19-goal victory last season. Maryland and Towson have met every year since 1974 except for a one-year break in 1990.
Terps Welcome Penn State to College Park In 2000 Home Opener
The Terrapin returns to College Park this Thursday for their home opener against No. 10 Penn State. The Top 10 match-up begins at 3 p.m. on Ludwig Field and will pit interim head coach Karen Schnellenbach against 19-year veteran Cindy Timchal. Maryland holds a 21-13-1 advantage over the Lady Lions in the series. Last year, the Terps meet the Lions twice, once during the regular season and once during the NCAA Tournament. Maryland won the first match-up 12-8 in the season-opener, and stopped the Lions championship run in the semifinals with a 17-13 decision. Penn State is the only Big Ten team the Terps will face this season. Maryland won the last match-up at Ludwig Field 10-6 in 1996.
NCAA Semifinals vs. Penn State
Eight Terrapins contributed to a balanced offensive attack as top-seed Maryland was a 17-13 winner over fifth-seed Penn State in the NCAA semifinals in Baltimore. Maryland improved to 20-0 while Penn State finished its season with a 15-5 record. Maryland earned its sixth-consecutive title-game appearance and will look to extend their streak to five-straight championship crowns. Penn State did open a 6-2 lead, leaving Maryland with its largest deficit of the 1999 season. Maryland responded with a 7-2 run to take a 9-8 lead at the half. The Nittany Lions struck first in the second half, tying the game 9-9, but Maryland secured a lead they would not relinquish with 27:19 remaining thanks to the first of Christie Jenkins' (Media, Pa.) three second-half goals. Jen Adams (Marino, South Australia) led the Maryland offense with four goals and two assists.
Adams broke Maryland's single-season point record. She ran her season tally to 112 points with the win. Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) contributed three goals and three assists for Maryland. Jenkins and Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) scored three goals apiece, while Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) added two goals and three assists. Maryland's Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) recorded 14 saves.
Penn State was led by Jen Webb's four goals, while Jen Johnson pitched in with three goals and one assist. Emily Mechem and Colleen O'Brien added three goals each. Megan Ames made nine saves for the Lions.
Two national collegiate tournament records were established in the game as the two teams combined for 30 goals. Penn State's Julie Tice collected four assists in the game, giving her 11 for the tournament and breaking the old mark of seven.
Jen Webb 4-0-4, Jen Johnson 3-1-4, Colleen O' Brein 3-0-3, Emily Mecham 3-0-3, Julie Tice 0-4-4, B.J. Lucey 0-1-1.
Alex Kahoe (18 saves, 13 GA, 60 min.)
Bowen Holden (12 saves, 17 GA, 60 min.)
Facing the Orange
The Terps series with the Orange is a short one compared to most with only two games between the teams. The series began in 1998, and Maryland is up 2-0 on the Orange with a 21-7 victory in