On Venechanos: Goalie who is entering her senior season and her third year as the full-time starter … player who has gotten better with each successive campaign and seems to play her best lacrosse at the end of the season … has the knack for coming up big in games when it matters most … has good reaction time and quick feet … has worked hard in the offseason to improve on her eight-meter goaltending … has a 31-10 career record as the Terps’ starter.
2002 (Junior): Played in all 21 games, starting in 18 … posted a goals against average of 9.91 and a .476 save percentage … allowed 176 goals while making 160 saves … made season-high and a career-high tying 14 saves against No. 7 Syracuse (3/10) and at No. 1 Princeton (4/24) … excelled at the end of the season, averaging 11.2 saves per game … had a .552 save percentage in the last five games of the season and a .580 mark in the four games headed into the season-ending loss at Cornell … outdueled All-American Tricia Dabrowski in Maryland’s 13-8 NCAA win at Loyola (5/9) as she posted 11 saves while allowing just eight goals.
2001 (Sophomore): Started all 23 games … finished 11th in the nation with a 7.60 goals against average … average was also the second-best in the ACC … made 119 saves and allowed 149 goals for a .444 save percentage … had a career-high 14 saves in the national championship win over Georgetown (5/20) … was outstanding in that game’s final minutes, coming up with save after save with the game tied including a stop of a free position shot with less than a minute remaining … had nine saves and allowed just two goals against Ohio State (4/1) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge … made 12 saves against Loyola (4/28).
2000 (Freshman): Saw action in three games … notched three saves in five shots taken on goal against her … played a total of 11 minutes in ’00 … had a 10.91 goals against average in her limited playing time.
Prep: A three-sport athlete at Yorktown High School … was a lacrosse All-American her senior year … a North/South game participant, she was a Gannett Newspaper All-Star … also lettered in basketball and soccer … a 1,000-point scorer in basketball … earned all-section honors in soccer.
Personal: Alexis Nicole Venechanos was born on February 23, 1981 … is the daughter of Leonard and Constance Venechanos … a member of Yorktown’s yearbook staff, she was active in SADD … majoring in communications … attended the New Orleans Cooking school in the offseason.
Year GP Svs. GA GAA Sv.% 2000 3 3 2 10.90 .600 2001 23 119 149 7.60 .444 2002 21-18 160 176 9.91 .476 Career 47-41 282 327 8.71 .463