#3 Terps Battle #2 Wildcats in NCAA Semifinals

May 22, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 3 Maryland will tangle with reigning national champion Northwestern in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at 8 p.m. Friday. The highly-anticipated rematch will be played at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook N.Y., and will be shown live on ESPN3.

Tewaaraton finalist Katie Schwarzmann led Maryland (19-3) with a career-high eight points in a 17-11 quarterfinal win against Loyola last Saturday. This weekend's final four appearance is Maryland's fourth consecutive and nation-best 20th overall in NCAA program history.

Northwestern is 19-2 after defeating Duke 12-7 in the NCAA quarterfinals last weekend. Shannon Smith, the 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner, leads the Wildcats with 64 goals and 86 points.

Maryland will face Northwestern in the final four for the third straight season. The Terps topped NU to win the national title in 2010 and the Wildcats returned the favor with a one-goal victory in 2011.

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Maryland's Probable Starters (2012 statistics)
Pos. No. Player Yr. Ht. Hometown GP/GS G A DC
A 10 Alex Aust Jr. 5-8 Sterling, Va. 22/22 44 52 3
A 8 Kristy Black Sr. 5-5 Glenwood, Md. 22/22 37 21 26
A 18 Karri Ellen Johnson Sr. 5-7 Annapolis, Md. 20/20 51 16 67
M 25 Jen Mendez So. 5-3 Catonsville, Md. 22/6 4 2 2
M 6 Kelly McPartland Fr. 5-6 Farmingdale, N.Y. 22/22 38 9 23
M 7 Katie Schwarzmann Jr. 5-4 Sykesville, Md. 22/22 69 22 50
M 11 Brooke Griffin R-Fr. 5-5 Edgewater, Md. 22/22 39 13 16
D 5 Megan Douty Fr. 5-6 Fair Haven, N.J. 22/22 1 0 13
D 15 Melissa Diepold Jr. 5-5 Baltimore, Md. 22/22 0 0 5
D 27 Shanna Brady Fr. 5-6 Smithtown, N.Y. 22/22 0 0 7
D 14 Iliana Sanza Jr. 5-5 Cockeysville, Md. 22/22 0 0 35
GK No. Player Yr. Ht. Hometown GP/GS GAA Sv. W-L
  43 Brittany Dipper Sr. 5-6 Clarksboro, N.J. 22/22 7.82 144 19-3

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Scouting The Terps
· Maryland battles reigning champion Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals Friday.

2012 Maryland Terrapins: 19-3, 3-2 ACC (IWLCA #3, Inside Lacrosse #3)
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· The Terps have a healthy Karri Ellen Johnson back in the lineup in 2012. The senior captain and two-time IWLCA First Team All-American missed 12 games last season due to an injury. She has resumed her vital role in Maryland's offense. Maryland relies on returning starters Kristy Black and Alex Aust. Black serves as a captain in 2012 after scoring 31 goals as a junior. Aust tallied 42 points as a sophomore in her first year as a starter and has a team-high 96 in 2012.

· Katie Schwarzmann, the 2011 IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist, leads the Terps through the middle. The 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Schwarzmann led Maryland in goals last season with 65 and boasts 69 as a junior.

· The defense has three new starters in 2012 after the departure of Katie Gallagher, Brittany Poist and Sara Cooper. Iliana Sanza, a second team all-region pick as a sophomore, is the lone returning starter for Maryland. While the unit is young, it is no less disciplined. Sanza leads the back line as a junior and, along with four-year starter goalie Brittany Dipper, do the majority of the organizing.

· Dipper, the 2011 IWLCA National Goalie of the Year, is back for her final season in College Park. She has been tabbed to four straight ACC championship all-tournament teams while leading Maryland to conference titles in each season since her arrival.

2012 Season Preview
· It's a Pride Thing - 2012 Maryland Women's Lacrosse
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Scouting The Wildcats
· Northwestern advanced to its eighth consecutive NCAA semifinal with a 12-7 victory over Duke last Saturday.

2012 Northwestern Wildcats: 19-2, 4-1 ALC (IWLCA #2, Inside Lacrosse #2)
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· Taylor Thornton is the Wildcats' representative on this year's Tewaaraton list. The junior boasts 30 goals this season and is also NU's top defender. Last year's Tewaaraton winner Shannon Smith leads the Wildcats with 86 points on 64 goals and 22 assists.

· This season will mark the first time since 2009 in which either Northwestern or Maryland will not be in the championship game. The Terps topped NU to win the crown in 2010 and Northwestern returned the favor with a one-goal victory in last season's title match.


Poll Central
· Follow the Terps and their opponents in the 2012 season via these national polls:
IWLCA/Under Armour Poll
Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Poll

Maryland/Northwestern All-Time Series

Year Results
2011 Northwestern 8, Maryland 7 (NCAA Finals)
2010 Maryland 13, Northwestern 11 (NCAA Finals)
2007 Northwestern 12, Maryland 7
2006 Northwestern 13, Maryland 8
1991 Maryland 18, Northwestern 6
1990 Maryland 14, Northwestern 12 (OT)
1989 Maryland 8, Northwestern 7
1988 Northwestern 7, Maryland 6
1987 Northwestern 9, Maryland 8
1986 Maryland 11, Northwestern 7 (NCAA Quarters)
1986 Maryland 11, Northwestern 6
1985 Maryland 17, Northwestern 5

#7 Records Eight To Lift Terps to Semifinals
· Katie Schwarzmann racked up a career-high eight points to help No. 3 Maryland defeat No. 6 Loyola 17-11 last Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

· Schwarzmann, a Tewaaraton Award finalist for the second straight season, established career bests in both points (8) and assists (4). Brooke Griffin added four goals and Karri Ellen Johnson tallied four points on a pair of goals and two assists.

· The most telling statistic of the game fell in the draw control category where the Terps doubled up the Greyhounds 20-10. Johnson ended the game with nine draws and Schwarzmann added another seven. Kristy Black tallied two caused turnovers and two ground balls to aid in Maryland's solid re-defending effort.

Griffin Guides #3 Terps Past UMass in NCAA First Round
· Brooke Griffin netted a game-high six points to lead No. 3 seed Maryland to a 15-12 victory against UMass in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

· Griffin joined freshman Kelly McPartland and senior Kristy Black as Terps with hat tricks on the day. Maryland is now 11-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tewaaraton Award finalist Katie Schwarzmann added five points on two goals and three assists.

· Defensively, the Terps were able to limit one of the nation's top offenses, holding UMass to 10 goals on the day. A-10 Player of the Year Katie Ferris managed only one goal Saturday. Iliana Sanza tallied a game-high six ground balls and also caused a pair of turnovers to lead a steady defensive effort.

Schwarzmann Named Tewaaraton Finalist
· Maryland junior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award for the second consecutive season.

· Schwarzmann, the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, will have the opportunity to become the third Terrapin to win the top award in college lacrosse, joining Jen Adams (2001) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010).

· A member of the 2011-12 U.S. women's national team, the Sykesville, Md., product was named an All-ACC selection for the third straight season.

Schwarzmann, Sanza and Reese Snag Top ACC Honors
· Katie Schwarzmann, Iliana Sanza, and head coach Cathy Reese were named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.

· Schwarzmann garnered top ACC honors after guiding Maryland to its fourth straight conference championship and a 17-3 overall record. The Sykesville, Md., product leads the ACC in goals.

· Sanza has started every game for the nation's fourth-ranked defense. She led the Terrapins in ground balls and caused turnovers and was third in draw controls. Against ACC opponents, Sanza tallied 11 ground balls, 10 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers.

· Reese was named ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season. The award is her fifth overall in six seasons at the helm of the Maryland program. Reese garnered her 100th win at Maryland Feb. 16 against Delaware.

The Stretch
· Maryland put together one of its finest week-long performances ever to cap the month of April, winning four games in a matter of six days.

· The Terps defeated three nationally ranked opponents (Duke, North Carolina, and Georgetown) and won their fourth straight ACC title. Maryland outscored foes 60-30 during the grinding six-day span.

Tourney Terrapins
· Maryland is tops in the nation in numerous NCAA tournament categories.

· The Terps' 28 invitations to the tournament ranks No. 1 among all NCAA Division I women's lacrosse programs. Maryland is also tops in games played (68), NCAA titles (10), wins (51) and championship game appearances (16).

The Terps in the NCAA Semifinals

Year Results
1984 Maryland d. Massachusetts, 9-3
1985 Maryland d. Penn State, 12-11
1986 Maryland d. Virginia, 12-7
1990 Maryland d. Loyola, 10-5
1991 Maryland d. New Hampshire, 4-3 (ot)
1992 Maryland d. Virginia, 8-7 (ot)
1993 Princeton d. Maryland, 7-6
1994 Maryland d. Loyola, 19-4
1995 Maryland d. Penn State, 12-7
1996 Maryland d. Princeton, 6-5
1997 Maryland d. Temple, 9-6
1998 Maryland d. North Carolina, 14-9
1999 Maryland d. Penn State, 17-13
2000 Maryland d. Loyola, 17-6
2001 Maryland d. Princeton, 14-7
2003 Virginia d. Maryland, 9-8
2009 North Carolina d. Maryland, 8-7
2010 Maryland d. Syracuse, 14-5
2011 Maryland d. Duke, 14-8

Black Paces Terps in Statement Win vs. Hoyas
· Senior Kristy Black tallied a career-high five goals to help lift No. 5 Maryland over #15 Georgetown 19-10 on Senior Night in the Terps' final game of the regular season.

· Maryland picked up goals from eight different players on the night, including a hat trick from freshman Kelly McPartland. Seniors Karri Ellen Johnson and Bria Phillips combined for three goals. Johnson led all players with a season-high eight draw controls. Katie Schwarzmann added four points on two goals and two assists.

#3 Terps Capture Fourth Straight ACC Crown
· Maryland upended top-seeded North Carolina 14-10 en route to its unprecedented fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title.

· Katie Schwarzmann was named tournament most valuable player after capping her stellar weekend with a six-point showing against the Tar Heels. The junior midfielder joined Karri Ellen Johnson with four goals each to lead the Maryland attack.

Dipper Lands on ACC All-Tournament Team...Again
· For the fourth straight season, goalie Brittany Dipper landed on the all-tournament team at the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship.

· She joined classmate Karri Ellen Johnson, and juniors Alex Aust, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann on this year's list.

Aust Re-Writes ACC History
· Alex Aust continued to show she's one of the top players in the nation in Durham, setting a pair of ACC tournament records over the weekend.

· With five assists against Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals, the junior attacker set a single-game tournament record.

· She ended the championship with 13 assists. That mark established the highest number of assists in any one tournament in conference history. Her 17 points was also a single-tournament record.

Title Terps
· Maryland's latest ACC championship is its conference-best ninth in program history.

· This year's title match victory was Maryland's third consecutive in the ACC championship against UNC. The victory avenged an early-April loss to the Tar Heels.

Near Perfection
· Maryland put together its finest showing of the year in its ACC semifinal win against Duke.

· The Terps turned the ball over only once the entire game and dominated the ground ball category 14-4. Goalie Brittany Dipper saved nine of the 13 shots Duke attempted on the day.

· The Terrapin defense held Duke scoreless for over 30 minutes after the Blue Devils tallied the first goal of the game.

Aust Nabs Two ACC Offensive Player of the Week Honors
· Maryland junior attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week two times in the final three weeks of the regular season.

· Aust played an integral role in two wins against Penn and Towson in late March. Aust tallied 10 assists over two games, including a school record six assists at No. 8 Penn.

· She then recorded a career-high 10 points, including a school-record six assists, as Maryland cruised past #18 Princeton 15-9.

High Octane Offense
· Maryland is averaging 15 goals per game through its first 21 matches this season. The Terps are outscoring opponents 330-175 this season.

· Katie Schwarzmann leads the Terps with 69 goals. Six Terps boast 30 or more goals this season.

Johnson and the Climb
· With a score at 24:05 in the first half at North Carolina, Karri Ellen Johnson secured the No. 2 spot on Maryland's career goals list with 220. The Annapolis product reached the milestone despite being sidelined 12 games in 2011 due to a concussion.

· Johnson is also quietly making her ascent on the career points list, due in part to a breakout season assist-wise, boasting 18 in 20 games in 2012. She is currently fourth on the points list with 297.

Aust Electrifies
· Alex Aust is in the middle of a breakout season for Maryland, tallying a team-best 96 points in 2012. That mark ranks eighth all-time in single-season history at Maryland.

· The junior is currently third on Maryland's single-season assists list with 52. She has also dished a school-record six assists on two occasions this season.

Schwarzmann on the Attack
· Katie Schwarzmann, the 2011 IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist, continues to lead the Terps through the middle. Widely known as the fastest player in the nation, Schwarzmann led Maryland in goals last season with 65 and has tallied 69 through 22 games this season.

· She is the first junior to be named captain since Sarah Mollison in 2010. Schwarzmann is also second on the team in points (91), ground balls (30) and draw controls (50).

Johnson Nabs ACC Offensive Weekly Honor
· Senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week (3/27).

· Johnson, of Annapolis, Md., accumulated six goals, eight draw controls and an assist in Maryland's two victories on the week. With a pair of goals against Richmond on Tuesday, Johnson became only the third player in Maryland women's lacrosse history to record 200 career goals.

#6 Syrcause Halts Terps Home Winning Streak
· No. 6 Syracuse edged the No. 3 Maryland women's lacrosse team 10-9 to snap the Terps' 36-game home winning streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

· Despite holding a distinct advantage in nearly every statistical category including shots in which it trumped the Orange 30-20, Maryland picked up its second loss this season. It was the first regular season loss at home in head coach Cathy Reese's six-year tenure.

· Sophomore Beth Glaros led Maryland with a hat trick and four draw controls. Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson added two goals apiece. Brittany Dipper racked up eight saves in the cage.

Schwarzmann Nabs ACC Offensive Weekly Honors
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week in mid-March.

· Schwarzmann scored six goals and tallied two assists on the week, including a hat trick against No. 6 Virginia. The junior from Sykesville, Md., also racked up two draw controls and caused a turnover to pace the Terps to their first ACC win of the year.

One Terp vs. One Team
· Four times this season, one player from Maryland has tied or outscored the Terps' opponent.

· Brooke Griffin tallied five goals against Delaware in a 21-4 rout of the Hens. Katie Schwarzmann scored six goals at No. 17 Penn State in a 16-6 victory on the road. Karri Ellen Johnson (5g) and Schwarzmann (3g), tallied the same or more goals as the Tigers against Towson.

· Schwarzmann single handedly outscored Duke with four goals in the ACC semifinals last Saturday.

Hat Tricks Aplenty in Win vs. No. 6 Virginia
· Karri Ellen Johnson, Kelly McPartland and Katie Schwarzmann netted hat tricks to lead No. 3 Maryland past No. 6 Virginia 12-9.

· Maryland clearly shifted its focus to winning the draw in the second half, besting the Cavaliers 10-5 in the category including several key draws down the stretch after Virginia shrunk the Terrapin lead to 8-7 with 13:12 remaining. A 3-0 run with goals from McPartland, Schwarzmann and Alex Aust in-and-around the five minute mark gave the Terps a comfortable lead for the remainder of the match.

Sanza Nets ACC Weekly Honor
· Junior Iliana Sanza was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week (2/21) for her work in wins against Delaware and No. 17 Penn State.

· The Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List nominee racked up eight draw controls over two games, while also tallying four ground balls and a caused turnover.

Milestones Galore in Delaware Win
· It was a milestone-laden day for the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team as it routed Delaware 21-4 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

·Head coach and former Terrapin All-American Cathy Reese won her 100th career game at Maryland and senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson scored career goal No. 188 to move into sole possession of third on the Terps' all-time goals list.

Lacrosse Magazine Previews 2012 Terps
· Click here for Lacrosse Magazine's full season preview of the Terps in 2012.

Protect This House
· Maryland is 61-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.

· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past five seasons. The Terps are 201-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.

Terps and the 2012 Tewaaraton
· Four Maryland players were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Watch List, the early compilation of players who were under consideration for college lacrosse's highest individual honor.

· The Terps boasted more Tewaaraton nominees than any other program in the nation. Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to this year's list. All four were named Inside Lacrosse Preseason First Team All-Americans earlier this season.

· Johnson, Schwarzmann and Sanza made the next cut as three of 25 final nominees for the award.

New-look Defense
· The Terps lost starters Katie Gallagher, Sara Cooper and Brittany Poist from last year's back line. Iliana Sanza, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, leads the defense this season as a junior.

· Sanza was named an IL Preseason All-American after garnering all-region honors in 2011. She teams up with freshmen Megan Douty and Shanna Brady and junior Melissa Diepold to form Maryland's defensive four.

· Maryland has surrendered only 74 goals in the first half this season. The Terps held Towson and Virginia Tech scoreless in the first half this season.

Welcome Rookies!
· Maryland boasts a large, talented class of freshman this season. A total of 10 freshmen saw their first collegiate action in the season opener.

· Nicole Aust, Shanna Brady, Erin Collins, Megan Douty, Kristen Lamon, Kelly McPartland, Mattie Meredith and Taylor Salandra join redshirt freshmen Kelsey Horton, Brooke Griffin and Abbey Clipp as members of this year's rookie class.

· Brady, Douty, Griffin and McPartland have started in all 22 matches in 2012.

Four Terps Tabbed Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans
· Maryland led the way with four first-team honorees on the 2012 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America list.

· Seniors Brittany Dipper and Karri Ellen Johnson and juniors Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to the first team.

Newest Terp
· Head coach Cathy Reese and husband Brian welcomed the newest addition to the Maryland family in late January.

· Reese, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the program, gave birth to her fourth child, Braxton Jacob. Braxton weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and is the third boy in the Reese brood. He joins brothers Brody and Riley and sister Cayden.

Head Coach Cathy Reese
· A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her sixth season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.

Reese Notes:
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, four Tewaaraton finalists, 19 All-Americans, and 25 All-ACC selections
• 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010 and 2011 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
• Guided Denver to school-record 16 wins in 2006
• Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
• 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player

Dipper Back in the Cage
· Brittany Dipper tallied a then career-high 141 saves with an 21-2 record in the cage a year ago. She returns for her fourth year in the cage. The senior boasts a career-high 144 saves while surrendering 156 goals this season.

· Dipper, the 2011 IWLCA National Goalie of the Year, has been tabbed to three straight ACC championship all-tournament teams while leading Maryland to conference titles in each season since her arrival.

The Terps When (2012)...

Maryland Tendency
Overall Record 19-3
Home 11-1
Away 6-2
Neutral 2-0
ACC Record 3-2
Non-Conference Record 16-1
Day Games 9-2
Night Games 9-1
Leading after first half 18-0
Trailing after first half 0-2
In overtime 0-0
Maryland has more shots 18-2
Opponent has more shots 0-1
Maryland has more saves 5-1
Opponent has more saves 11-2
Maryland wins more draw controls 14-3
Opponent wins more draw controls 1-0
Maryland commits more fouls 3-1
Opponent commits more fouls 14-2
Maryland scores first 12-1
Opponent scores first 5-2
Maryland commits more turnovers 2-1
Opponent commits more turnovers 14-1
Games decided by one goal 0-2
Games decided by 2-4 goals 4-1
Games decided by 5 or more goals 15-0
Maryland scores less than 10 goals 0-2
Maryland scores 10-14 goals 7-1
Maryland scores 15-19 goals 10-0
Maryland scores 20+ goals 1-0
Opponent scores less than 10 goals 13-0
Opponent scores 10-14 goals 5-3
Opponent scores 15-19 goals 0-0
vs. top 5 ranked opponents 1-2
vs. teams ranked 6-10 4-1
vs. teams 11-20 4-0
vs. unranked opponents 8-0
During the work week 8-0
On the weekends 10-3
Games in February 3-1
Games in March 6-1
Games in April 7-1
Games in May 2-0

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