March 8, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team will get its first taste of midweek action this season when it travels to George Mason Tuesday. First draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) is off to a great start including a pair of wins against No. 5 Duke and No. 9 Virginia in its last two outings. The Terrapin defense has been detrimental to opposing offenses, holding the prominent Blue Devil and Cavalier attacks to five or fewer goals. Maryland ended its match Friday against Virginia with a 7-0 run and did not allow UVa to score in the second half. Karri Ellen Johnson, who notched a game-high four goals against the Cavs, has now scored a goal in 26 consecutive matches.
George Mason has won its last two outings, topping Virginia Tech and George Washington. The Patriots are led offensively by the tandem of Madalyn Jamison (19 points) and Emily Ellisen (11 goals). Former Terp standouts Kelly Kasper and Megan Cassara now roam the Patriot sidelines as assistant coaches.
A live radio broadcast of Tuesday's contest will be available by clicking on the link above or by logging on to www.wmucsports.com.
SIMPLY THE BEST - MARYLAND WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 22nd appearance in the postseason in 2009.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (54) and has the most wins with a 39-16 record.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is four more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first five national titles the last five seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2010 season, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 516 and also boast the top winning percentage (.806).
MARYLAND DROPS VIRGINIA, 11-5
The No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team held No. 9 Virginia scoreless in the second half on its way to an 11-5 defeat of the Cavaliers Friday.
After the two perennial powerhouses battled to a 6-5 Maryland advantage through the first 30 minutes of play, the Terps held the Cavs to a mere three shots in the second stanza.
Karri Ellen Johnson ended the day with a match-high four goals while adding an assist, two caused turnovers, a draw control and a ground ball. Sarah Mollison also tallied five points on two goals and three assists.
Maryland held a decisive shot advantage, 33-11, and kept an opponent from reaching a double-digit goal output for the fourth consecutive time this season.
Despite winning the ACC championship and going a spectacular 21-1, including an undefeated record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, the Terps, which return every starter from last season, have some unfinished business to take care of --- bringing the national championship back to College Park.
It had been five seemingly long seasons since the esteemed Maryland women's lacrosse program had advanced to the final four, but the wait finally ended in 2009 as the Terps landed in Towson for national semifinals.
North Carolina narrowly edged Maryland, 8-7, in the Final Four.
This year's Terps are a year older and a year wiser -- boasting a total of ten upperclassmen in their starting lineup -- and the goal has never been clearer.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
George Mason enters Tuesday's match with a 2-2 record after defeating George Washington, 9-7, in its last outing.
The Patriots tallied seven second-half goals to upend GW. Callie Hoyt led the offense with four goals.
George Mason is winners of two straight after falling to UMBC and Johns Hopkins to start the 2010 campaign.
Madalyn Jamison paces the Patriots in points with 19 on seven goals and a team-high 12 assists. Emily Ellisen boasts a Mason-best 11 goals.
The Patriots present a very balanced draw control scheme as 14 different players have contributed to Mason's team total of 40. Hayley Berger leads all players with five.
Goalie Sara Longobucco is GMU's top goalie with a 2-1 record, a 9.33 goals against average and 32 saves this season.
Assistant coaches Kelly Kasper and Megan Cassara are both University of Maryland products.
Maryland is undefeated in the series, winning all five meetings. The two teams have not met since Feb. 22, 2006 when Maryland captured a 13-6 win against the Patriots.
Feb. 22, 2006 - George Mason 6, Maryland 13
March 16, 2005 - Maryland 10, George Mason 9 (OT)
May 9, 2004 - George Mason 9, Maryland 13
Feb. 25, 2003 - George Mason 5, Maryland 20
May 3, 2002 - George Mason 6, Maryland 18
MARYLAND LANDS FOUR ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Maryland boasted four players on the 2010 Tewaaraton Award "Watch List", announced Friday by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Seniors Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor, junior Sarah Mollison and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson represent the Terps on this year's list.
McFadden, who was a finalist for the Tewaaraton in2009, returns for her second year as a captain for Maryland this season. The Phoenix, Md., native is the top returning midfielder in the nation in 2010 after being tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year as a junior.
Taylor joins McFadden as a second-year captain for head coach Cathy Reese. The defender from Easton, Md., racked up All-America honors last season while helping guide a youth-laden Maryland squad all the way to the NCAA semifinals.
Mollison returns for her junior campaign after leading the Terps in assists last season. The Melbourne, Australia, product was named to the watch list along with Johnson in 2009. Mollison is one of Maryland's five returning All-Americans in 2010.
Johnson will make a run at the Tewaaraton for the second time in her short but illustrious career. The sophomore boasted the top freshman season in Maryland women's lacrosse history a year ago, tallying 74 goals, the third-highest mark in single-season program annals.
TERPS DOMINATE DUKE, 17-4
Maryland benefited from a balanced scoring attack as the Terps toppled Duke, 17-4, on the road.
Maryland picked up hat tricks from Katie Schwarzmann, Amanda Spinnenweber and Sarah Mollison as a total of nine players scored on the day, five of whom put up multi-goal showings.
The Terps have now scored 17 goals in all three of their wins in 2010. Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC), who was also averaging 17 scores per contest, was held to a season-low four goals in its conference opener. Maryland outshot the Blue Devils 32-19 for the match.
In addition to notching three goals, Mollison added a pair of assists and a game-high five draw controls. Schwarzmann put together the most complete game of her young career at Maryland, tacking an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TERPS RALLY TO DEFEAT NO. 18 PENN STATE
Caitlyn McFadden scored six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team rallied from an early first-half deficit to drop No. 18 Penn State, 17-9.
Maryland opened the second stanza with 11 unanswered goals, beginning with a Laura Merrifield unassisted score with a mere nine seconds elapsed in the period. McFadden, Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year, knotted up the score with a pair of goals and Brandi Jones found the back of the net to give Maryland the lead with 27:01 remaining in the contest.
Defensively, Maryland put on a clinic in the second half, allowing only three goals from a Nittany Lion offense that came into the match averaging more than ten goals per contest. Senior Katie Gallagher picked up a game-high three caused turnovers and sophomore Brittany Dipper notched her second win of the year with four saves in the cage.
TERPS WIN SEASON OPENER
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece en route to a win against Richmond, 17-7, in the Terps' season opener.
Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.
Sophomore Brittany Dipper was the keeper of record after making six saves in the match. The Terps were a stellar 10-for-10 in clears. Laura Merrifield had a team-high three caused turnovers as Brittany Poist scooped up three of Maryland's 19 ground balls on the day.
Maryland is now 17-0 all-time against Richmond.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
Maryland crushed No. 5 Duke, 17-4, last Saturday to capture its biggest win over the Blue Devils in program history.
The 13-goal differential was the highest in Maryland women's lacrosse history against rival-Duke.
Prior to this year's match in Durham, the Terps' largest defeat of the Blue Devils came early in the rivalry series with back-to-back wins against Duke in 1996 and 1997. Maryland won each of those matches by 11 scores.
SCHWARZMANN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
It didn't take long for the accolades to start pouring in for rookie sensation Katie Schwarzmann.
The midfielder was tabbed WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week after helping lead the Terps to a win of historic proportions Saturday against fifth-ranked Duke. Maryland dropped the Blue Devils in Durham by 13 goals, the largest margin of victory against Duke in program history.
The freshman from Century High School tacked an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TAYLOR TABBED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Karissa Taylor garnered WomensLacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week honors after Maryland dismantled No. 5 Duke on the road.
Taylor played a vital part in Maryland's monumental 13-goal defeat of Duke, scooping up five ground balls, causing three turnovers and adding a pair of draw controls to help hold the Blue Devils to four scores, its lowest goal production since 2005.
Historically, Maryland presents one of the most aggressive offenses in the nation, and this season is no different.
With two games elapsed in the 2010 season, Maryland is averaging a hefty 33.5 shots per game while surrendering only 19.0.
Caitlyn McFadden and Karri Ellen Johnson lead the way in shots with 28 and 25, respectively.
MCFADDEN SNAGS ACC POW HONOR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, February 22.
McFadden lifted the second-ranked Terps to their first road win of the 2010 campaign at No. 18 Penn State Sunday. The senior from Phoenix, Md., tallied six goals, including four in the second stanza, to help Maryland erase a three-goal, first-half deficit against the Nittany Lions. McFadden added an assist and also tallied three draw controls to lead the Terps to a 2-0 record on the year.
McFadden, who ranks among the nation's best with a 27-game scoring streak, is also among the NCAA Division I active leaders in points and assists.
Maryland, which has consistently been ranked No. 2 by both major polls since the beginning of last season, earned multiple first-place votes for this week.
Northwestern has held on to the top spot the majority of the time since 2005, as the Wildcats have boasted five-straight national championships. The last time Maryland totaled multiple first-place votes was at the beginning of the 2002 season after winning the national title in 2001.
The Terps garnered three first-place votes in the latest IWLCA poll and two in Inside Lacrosse's edition.
MCFADDEN NAMED NATIONAL PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason National Player of the Year, as announced by the publication.
McFadden, who helped guide the U. S. to a gold medal in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer, was tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year last season along with a clean sweep of every ACC honor, including Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ended the 2009 campaign with 54 goals, 31 assists and 37 draw controls. The Phoenix, Md., native has started in every match since her arrival to College Park in 2007 and is one-goal shy of 100 career goals as a Terp.
Maryland spread around its scoring in its home opener as four different players notched hat tricks on the day.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece.
In total, nine Terps scored goals against Richmond, including Danielle Kirk and Katie Schwarzmann, who notched their first collegiate scores at Maryland.
A total of six Terps garnered regional All-American status last season with five moving on to earn national honors -- all return for Maryland this season.
Regionally, Caitlyn McFadden, Karissa Taylor, Sarah Mollison, Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson all landed on the first team while Laura Merrifield racked up regional second team honors.
The first team honorees advanced to national voting where McFadden and Johnson were each tabbed to the first team. Mollison and Brandi Jones landed on the second team and Taylor earned third-team accolades.
McFadden was also named IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
SUMMER FUN IN PRAGUE
A total of 16 current and former Terps competed for their respective countries in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer.
Included in that mix are current Maryland standouts Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison.
McFadden helped guide the U.S. to the gold medal, topping Mollison and Team Australia in the finals. Merrifield led her native England to the semifinals before bowing out to the U.S.
SCHWARZMANN EARNS LOFTY HONOR
Maryland freshman Katie Schwarzmann has been tabbed "Athlete of the Decade" by the Carroll County Times.
A three-sport standout, excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, Schwarzmann was named first-team All-Decade in all three sports.
Possibly the finest sister combination in the country, Brittany and Brandi Jones team up once again this season in the Maryland midfield.
Brandi took her game to a new level in 2009, being tabbed an All-American and All-ACC after racking up 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore for the ACC champion Terrapins.
Brittany had a breakout season in 2009 notching career-highs in goals (33), assists (8), points (41), and draw controls (23). She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals and adding two draw controls in Maryland's run to the title.
In 2010, Brandi has racked up nine points on seven goals and a pair of assists while Brittany has one goal and one assist on the year.
Maryland, compliments of a 19-0 record, racked up its eighth undefeated regular season following a win against Princeton, 20-12, on May 2, 2009.
The unblemished record was the first for Maryland since 2001, when it last one the national championship.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 29-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 169-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 11 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
BRING ON THE BEST
The Terps are not afraid to challenge the top teams in the nation and have lined up 10 top-25 squads, including six in the top 10, in their 2010 slate.
Maryland will square off against No. 3 Penn, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Virginia, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 Dartmouth, No. 17 Towson and No. 18 Penn State this season. (according to IWLCA Top 25 Poll)
TERPS TAB CAPTAINS
Sarah Mollison will join two-time captains Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor as captains for the defending ACC champions.
McFadden, who was tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, gathered a slew of awards last season, including a sweep of every conference award and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
Spinnenweber started in every match except one in 2009, tallying career-highs in goals (26), assists (9), points (35), draw controls (22), caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (16).
Taylor picked up Third Team All-America honors last season while guiding the Terrapin defense to a 9.11 GAA. She also contributed offensively during her junior campaign, registering 10 goals and four assists.
Mollison, a junior, started in every match for Maryland's attack in 2009, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 38 assists for the ACC champion Terps.
ACC Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the second half to lift the Terps to its first title since 2003 as top-seeded Maryland downed Duke, 12-11, to win the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Thompson Field on the campus of Virginia Tech.
McFadden was named tournament MVP while teammates Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Brittany Jones and Karissa Taylor all landed on the all-tournament team.
MD WLAX SWEEPS ACC AWARDS
Caitlyn McFadden headlined the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist was recognized alongside freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
McFadden helped make it three-in-a-row for Maryland as Dana Dobbie won the coveted Player of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008. She was also named ACC Tournament MVP and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Johnson secured Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous freshman campaign in which she tallied team-highs in goals (70) and draw controls (669).
HALL OF FAME COACHES
Over the offseason, both head coach Cathy Reese and assistant coach Quinn Carney were awarded the prestigious honor of being named to various Hall of Fames.
Carney was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame while Reese landed in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January.
The prestigious Maryland women's lacrosse program has welcomed yet another solid class to College Park this season.
Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:
#10 Alex Aust * Freshman * M
- three-sport standout in field hockey, lacrosse and basketball at Bullis
- All-Gazette in both field hockey and basketball as a senior in addition to being tabbed All-ISL, All-Met second team, All-Gazette, Under Armour All-American and squad MVP in lacrosse
#17 Sam Barber * Freshman * D/M
- racked up first team All-American, Concorde District, and Northern Region honors as a senior at Robinson Secondary
- 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List
#15 Melissa Diepold * Freshman * D
- Three-sport athlete at Perry Hall High School
- first team all-county and all-division in lacrosse as a junior and senior
#34 Kasey Howard* Freshman * G
- Three-year goalie at Broadneck
- second team all-county and led Anne Arundel County in save percentage final two years
#30 Danielle Kirk * Freshman * M/A
- in 2009, was tabbed Washington Post Second Team All-Metro, Baltimore Sun Second Team All-Metro, All-Tewaaraton Team, IAAM All-Star and Capital All-County
- voted Under Armour MVP for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Tournament in 2008
#11 Sarah Matz * Freshman * M/A
- all-conference, second team all-metro, Baltimore City Player of the Year, Baltimore Messenger Player of the Year, Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore City and was tabbed to play in the Under Armour All-American game as a senior
- also a standout in soccer, where she was a two-time captain and All-Baltimore City
#36 Kristen McAfee * Freshman * D
- four-year lacrosse letterwinner, helping Moorestown HS to state titles all four seasons
- also plays soccer for Maryland
#14 Iliana Sanza * Freshman * D
- won 12 letters while enrolled at St. Paul's School for Girls, four apiece in soccer, basketball and lacrosse
- First Team All-American, all-metro, all-county, IAAM All-Star in lacrosse as a senior
#7 Katie Schwarzmann * Freshman * M
- talented three-sport standout at Century High School
- Schwarzmann was a three-time All-American in lacrosse, also earning First Team All-Metro, Carroll County Times Player of the Year, First Team All-County and First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors
#32 Anne Morgan Yeatman * Freshman * A
- team captain, first team All-North County, All-CIF and San Diego County All-Star as a senior
- brother, Will, also plays lacrosse at Maryland
WMUC ON THE CALL
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