March 20, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team completed another week in successful fashion and now readies itself for a pair of non-conference opponents with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship in hand.
Maryland, which now stands at 5-0 on the season (3-0 ACC), will take on 19th-ranked UMBC at home on Wednesday. The Retrievers are 2-1 and coming off of an impressive 13-11 win over No. 18 George Mason on March 11.
After taking on UMBC, the Terrapins will gear up for their second road game of the season as they will trek to Norfolk, Va., on Saturday to take on the Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion. ODU is ranked 16th in the latest IWLCA poll and stands at 2-1 after defeating Temple this past Sunday, 10-8. The Lady Monarchs will take on George Mason on Thursday before their contest versus the Terps.
Last week, the Terps had a pair of games that did not resemble each other in the least except that they both ended up in the win column.
On Tuesday, the Terrapins travelled to Charlottesville, Va., and came away with a tight 8-7 win over the Virginia Cavaliers. In the win, senior Quinn Carney came up big scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists en route to Maryland's clinching its third ACC regular season championship. In the win, the Terps and Cavs were tied at the half and the game came down to the final minutes with a stout Maryland defense proving the difference down the stretch.
On Saturday, the Terps did not have to wait as long to determine the outcome against Brown. Maryland had nine players score goals and two more in the scoring column in its 20-4 win over the Bears. In the win, senior Jen Adams broke not only the school's all-time assist record, but also took the NCAA career record with the 133rd assist of her illustrious tenure in College Park.
NCAA ASSIST RECORD FALLS
- In Maryland's 20-4 win over Brown on Saturday, Jen Adams scored four goals and distributed three assists to lead all Terps with seven points. More notable, however, was the fact that Adams' third assist of the day was the 133rd of her career. That total broke both the Maryland and the NCAA records held by former Terrapin great Kelly Amonte (1993-96) who had 132.
- Adams is now at the top of the Maryland career charts for points, assists and goals. The next big record that could fall to the Australian native is the all-time NCAA points record as she currently stands fifth and needs 93 points to move to the top.
HEAD COACH CINDY TIMCHAL
- Head coach Cindy Timchal is in her 11th season at the helm of the Maryland women's lacrosse program. In her 10-plus years, she has established one of the most dominant teams in all of collegiate athletics as the Terrapins are 174-12 (.935), have earned 10 NCAA Tournament bids and have taken the crown seven times.
- Timchal was selected last year as the IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year as well as Co-ACC Coach of the Year. She has been chosen as National Coach of the Year twice and has coached 36 Terrapins to All-American status.
- From the time of her arrival, Timchal has lost no more than three games in any one season, including a spectacular 21-0 season in 1999. She has led the Terps to the Final Four every year since her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable nine of the last 10 years. This year, Maryland will contend for an unprecedented seventh straight national title.
- Now in her 20th season of coaching collegiate athletics overall, Timchal got her start at Northwestern where she led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament five times in nine years. Her overall record (Maryland and Northwestern) currently stands at 250-52.
- Timchal is assisted by Gary Gait and Cathy Nelson. Gait is one of the most innovative minds in all of lacrosse coaching and widely held as one of the sports greatest players of all time. A 1991 graduate of Syracuse and three-time All-American, he still plays professionally and on the World Cup circuit. Nelson was an outstanding player in her own right as she was a two-time All-American at Maryland and the tournament MVP in the Terps' run to the 1998 national title.
Timchal's Year-by-Year at Maryland 1991 NCAA Runners-up 14-3 1992 NCAA Champions 14-1 1993 NCAA Semifinalists 12-2 1994 NCAA Runners-Up 13-1 1995 NCAA Champions 17-0 1996 NCAA Champions 19-0 1997 NCAA Champions 21-1 1998 NCAA Champions 18-3 1990 NCAA Champions 21-0 2000 NCAA Champions 21-1 2001 5-0 10+ SEASONS AT MARYLAND 174-12 (.935)
ADAMS OFF TO A FLYING START
- Through five games, senior Jen Adams is just where one would expect her to be -- at the top of the Maryland statistics. She leads the Terps in scoring with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) and is on the pace to break the NCAA record for points as she is averaging 6.20 per game, just better than her 6.18 of a year ago.
- In the Terrapins' five games of `01, Adams has already set four career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the NCAA's all-time mark for assists.
- In addition her exploits in the record books, she almost set a personal record in the season opener versus Duke. Against the Blue Devils, Adams had four goals and a career-high tying six assists. The 10 points tied her total in the 2000 NCAA Championship game, fell just one shy of her personal best of 11 set in 1999 and got her off to a flying start in the NCAA record books.
- Adams entered the 2001 season as the favorite to claim Player of the Year honors for the third straight year, as well as her third year as an All-American. She has been selected as the favorite for Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women, and she earned preseason first team All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse, College Lacrosse USA and LaxPower.
- Adams finished the 2000 season as the NCAA's Division I leader in points per game (6.18), goals (81) and assists (55). Her totals for points (136), assists and goals were all single season records at Maryland and put her in good shape to own the school's career records in all three categories.
- In three weeks of play this season, Adams has twice been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week and has been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) for her play in separate weeks.
- Adams is also within striking distance of moving to the top of the NCAA record books. She will not likely set the record for goals, but could move into the Top 5 with a season similar to last. The assist record fell on March 17 versus Brown and she now needs 93 points to become the NCAA's all-time points leader.
- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000.
- A pair of Terrapin stars carried impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which are still alive and date back to their freshman seasons.
- Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 61 games. Adams 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 over Vanderbilt. In addition, she has scored at least one goal in all but 10 games of her 69-game collegiate career.
- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 55-game scoring streak. 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 North Carolina in the ACC semifinals.
WORLD CUP TERPS
- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.
- Australians Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs have already made their country's team and will play at the tournament in High Wycombe, England.
- Quinn Carney is the lone Terp on this year's team with a shot at playing for the US Team. She is currently a member of the US "Elite Squad," from which 16 players will be chosen. In addition to Carney, nine other former Maryland players are on the "Elite" team and have a chance of making the team.
- Three members of this year's Terp team have been nominated for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.
- Among the 15 women nominated for this year's award are Terrapins Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- The No. 19 Retrievers of Maryland-Baltimore County come to College Park this Wednesday with a record of 2-1. They started their season with a 25-3 win over SUNY-Albany, lost to then No. 6 Loyola 17-8 and most recently beat George Mason, 13-11.
- Head coach Monika Yeakel (Loyola, `94) is 38-35 in her four-plus years with the UMBC program. In her four years with the Retrievers, she has not squared off against the Terrapins.
- UMBC returned all 12 starters from last year's squad that went 10-7 and won the ECAC Northeast with a perfect 5-0 record.
- Through three games, the Retrievers have been led in scoring by junior Ashley Staines who has scored 11 goals and has 12 points total. She has been the catalyst in the two UMBC wins as she scored five goals in each.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 6-0. The two teams have not met since 1996, an 18-2 Terrapin win.
SCOUTING THE LADY MONARCHS
- Old Dominion will host the Terps on Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The Lady Monarchs are ranked 16th in the latest IWLCA poll and stand at 3-2 as of March 20.
- Head coach Sue Stahl (Ursinus, `66) is in her 11th season at the helm of Old Dominion and has compiled a 69-92 record for her career.
- ODU returned eight starters and 15 letterwinners from last year's team that finished 5-11.
- Old Dominion is 1-2 this year against ranked opponents and its only foe common to the Terrapins is Virginia, to whom they lost 14-9 on March 7 to open their season.
- Susanne Wosczyna and Jennifer Heister are far and away ODU's offensive leaders through five games. The duo has teamed up for 35 of the teams' 51 points on the season, with Wosczyna notching 18 (15 goals) and Heister 17 (14 goals).
- Series Info: The Terps lead the all-time series, 18-0. The last meeting was a 21-4 win last year by Maryland in College Park.
- The captains of this year's Maryland team are seniors Jen Adams and Tori Wellington. The pair were chosen after a vote was conducted by their teammates as representatives of this year's squad.
- This season will mark the 20-year anniversary of Maryland's first-ever national championship. That title came in 1981 as Maryland won the AIAW national championship with a 12-3 record. (The AIAW was the forerunner to the NCAA for competition in women's collegiate athletics.)
- The 1981 team was coached by Sue Tyler who spent 16 seasons with the Terps, compiling an impressive 195-61-3 record with two national titles.