Valerie Lawrence
Valerie Lawrence

Player Profile

Silver Spring, Md.

High School:
Good Counsel



3 VL

2003 Position:
Undergraduate Assistant Coach

After her playing career at Maryland was ended early due to injuries, Valerie Lawrence begins her first year as an undergraduate assistant coach for Shannon Higgins-Cirovski and the Terps.

Lawrence missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL in her left knee and was forced to retire as a player this past off-season. In her three years of action with the Terps (1999-2001), Lawrence played in 55 games, starting 47 on both defense and in the midfield.

She was a tough, hard-nosed player who was exceptional in the air. She tallied 11 career points on a goal and nine assists. She scored her lone career goal against Florida State in the ACC First Round in 2001. She also tied a school record for assists in an NCAA Tournament game with a pair against Long Island in the 2001 opening round.

Lawrence was a high school star at Good Counsel , where she was named the 1999 Met Player of the Year by the Washington Post. She was a first team All-Met selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also first team all-county and named county Player of the Year by the Montgomery Journal and the Gazette Newspapers as a senior after scoring 43 goals and adding 18 assists. She led Good Counsel to the WCAC conference crown in 1999. She totaled 212 career points on 85 goals and 42 assists.

She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English from Maryland and will graduate this fall.

2002 Update:
• Sitting out the entire 2002 season because of a torn ACL in her left knee.
• Scored first-career goal vs. FSU in ACCs (11/8/01).
• Missed first game of career vs. GW (9/21/01) with a left ankle sprain originally suffered vs. ECU (9/9/01).
• Had started first 44 of first 45 games of her career.

On Lawrence: Expected to redshirt this season because of a torn ACL in her left knee … a tough, hard defender, who made a smooth transition to the backfield as sophomore after playing in the midfield as a freshman … played both midfield and defense as a junior … exceptional in the air … left footer who can strike a ball from anywhere … battles hard in one-on-one situations … a force off of corner kicks both offensively and defensively.

As a junior (2001): Played in 14 of 19 games, missing time with a severely sprained left ankle … drew seven starts and played a total of 783 minutes playing both midfield and back during the season … scored first career goal and added two assists for four points … assisted Sara Gustafson’s goal at Duke (9/2) … suffered left ankle injury against East Carolina (9/9) forcing her to miss the next four games -- the first games she missed in her career after playing in 45 consecutive matches (starting 44) … returned to action for two games against ACC foes North Carolina (10/5) and Virginia (10/10) before missing the Clemson match (10/13) … assisted Kim King's goal in the 90th minute at NC State (10/28) … netted first career goal against Florida State (11/8) in the ACC Tournament at Wake Forest.

As a sophomore (2000): Started all 19 games after moving from midfield to defense … teamed with Sally Harrison, Carly Viher and All-ACC keeper Riki-Ann Serrins to record a 1.42 goals against average and six shutouts … assisted on Sara Gustafson’s second goal in 3-1 upset win over No. 4 Penn State (8/29) … also added an assist against Howard (10/11) … set up Gustafson’s game-winning header against James Madison (10/17).

As a freshman (1999): Played in all 22 games, starting 21 at midfield … recorded first career assist in first career game at George Washington (8/29) … pass led to first Maryland goal of 1999 season … posted three shots against GW … recorded assist on Sara Gustafson’s game-winning overtime goal at No. 9 Duke (9/19) … tallied career-high two assists in NCAA Tournament second round match against Long Island (11/10) … assisted first and sixth goal of the game, first came on a corner kick to Emily Janss in the 21st minute … had two assists in an NCAA Tournament game, tying Maryland record for helpers in a postseason match, originally set by Emmy Harbo against Fairfield in 1998.

Before Maryland: Four-year letterwinner at Good Counsel High School Wheaton, Md., who served as team captain during her senior season … 1999 All-Met Player of the Year by the Washington Post … first team All-Met by the Washington Post as a sophomore, junior and senior … first team all-county and the county Player of the Year as a senior by the Montgomery Journal and the Gazette Newspapers … all-district and all-conference first team selection her senior season after scoring 43 goals and adding 18 assists … led Good Counsel to the WCAC title in 1999 … totaled 85 career goals and 42 career assists for 212 career points … scored a single-season school-record 45 goals as a senior … named team MVP as a senior … helped lead Good Counsel to the WCAC league championship as a freshman in 1996 … a member of the state of Maryland Olympic Development Program from 1992-1998 … led club team MSC United to the state championship game three years in a row.

Personal: Valerie Nicole Lawrence … born Nov. 29, 1981 … daughter of Sally and Malcolm Lawrence … majoring in English … sister of Jason , who was a goalkeeper at Frostburg State… her father grew up playing soccer in Europe.

Career Statistics

Year	  GP 	GS	  G  	A	  Pts.	Shots	GWG
1999	  22	 21	  0	  4   	4	    19   0
2000	  19 	19	  0	  3	   3	     5	  0
2001	  14	  7	  1	  2	   4	    20	  0
Tot.	  55	 47	  1	  9	  11	    44  	0

Career Highs
Goals: 1 vs. Florida State at ACC's (11/8/01)
Assists: 2 vs. Long Island (11/10/99)
Points: 2 vs. Long Island (11/10/99)