Terps Face U.S., England at 2012 Champion Challenge

Jan. 26, 2012

2012 Champion Challenge Official Website

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team returns to sunny Orlando for its third consecutive trip to the Champion Challenge beginning with a doubleheader against the U.S. national team Saturday.

The Terps, ranked second in Inside Lacrosse's preseason top 25 poll, will face the U.S. at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Maryland concludes the weekend with a match against England at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Other teams competing in this year's annual challenge include Northwestern, Syracuse and Jacksonville. Denver and Notre Dame will also play the U.S. men's national team.

Notes on the 2012 Champion Challenge:

• Maryland's top midfielder and 2011 IWLCA First Team All-America selection Katie Schwarzmann will play with the U.S. national team for the second straight season. She joins her sister Lauren and former Terp standouts Caitlyn McFadden, Brittany Poist and Acacia Walker on the U.S. squad.

• This weekend's action marks the return of two-time IWLCA All-American Karri Ellen Johnson. The senior captain was sidelined for the majority of the 2011 campaign after sustaining an injury against Towson March 29.

• Notably absent from the sidelines will be head coach Cathy Reese. Reese, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the program, gave birth to her fourth child last Saturday. Braxton Jacob weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and is the third boy in the Reese brood.

• Maryland's official season opener is Feb. 12 against William & Mary. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

For information on this weekend's Champion Challenge, please follow the link above.