COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 seed Maryland women's lacrosse team will play No. 8 seed Virginia Tech for the second straight contest at 11 a.m. Thursday as it opens the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship, hosted by Boston College. The game will be shown live on RSN affiliates including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, YES, NESN and Fox Sports South.
ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship Central
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• Full session tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Individual session tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Kids six and under are free.
• Fans can access the full tournament bracket by clicking here.
Scouting The Terps
• The Terps return seven starters from last year's squad which recorded an incredible 22-1 record and a fifth-straight NCAA Final Four berth.
2014 Maryland Terrapins: 16-1, 6-1 ACC
(Inside Lacrosse #1, Lacrosse Magazine #2)
• Maryland boasted one of the highest-scoring attacks in the country a year ago, posting a massive 507 points and averaging nearly 15 goals per game. Returning to help facilitate that offense is Brooke Griffin, a redshirt junior who boasted 49 goals and 24 assists in 2013. Junior Kristen Lamon and sophomore Halle Majorana also provided Maryland with added offensive firepower notching 25 and 23 goals, respectively.
• Maryland’s midfield is lining up yet again to be one of the nation’s best. Starters Taylor Cummings, Kelly McPartland and Beth Glaros return to the field in 2014 after combining for 95 goals and 146 draw controls last season. Cummings was tabbed to Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason National Player of the Year Watch List, McPartland enters her third season as a starter and Glaros joins Griffin as team captains.
• Another strong position for the Terps will be at the defensive end of the field where Maryland returns three starters including Shanna Brady and Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans Megan Douty and Alice Mercer.
Scouting The Hokies
• Maryland topped Virginia Tech 22-12 last Saturday in the final regular season game of the season.
2014 Virginia Tech Hokies: 7-9, 0-7 ACC
(Inside Lacrosse NR, Lacrosse Magazine NR)
• Virginia Tech is averaging 11.4 goals per game while opponents are posting 14.3
• Megan Will has notched a team-high 45 goals, including three against Maryland last Saturday, and 17 assists to lead the Hokie offense. Meg Bartley paces VT on the draw with a squad-best 80, including six vs. the Terps.
• Maryland dropped Virginia Tech 15-7 last season to complete a perfect regular season slate. Maryland utilized a balanced attack that featured six Terps notching two goals. A total of 10 Terps scored at least one goal in the last meeting between the two teams Saturday.
Proud Past Moments
• As the University of Maryland makes its transition from a storied history in the Atlantic Coast Conference to a promising future in the Big Ten conference, the Terps have reflected on special Proud Past moments during the 2014 campaign.
• Proud Past Moment: Five Straight ACC Championships
• Proud Past Moment: First ACC Title at UVA in 1997
#DRIVE4FIVE - Terps Claim Fifth-Straight ACC Crown
• No. 1 Maryland topped North Carolina 12-8 to capture its fifth-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship last season at Fetzer Field.
• The Terps were led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. Katie Schwarzmann - who was named ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for the second straight season - tied a championship game record with four assists against the Tar Heels.
• In addition to Schwarzmann, Beth Glaros, Aust, Griffin, Cummings, and Howard were tabbed to the all-tournament team.
A History Lesson: Maryland and Its Dominance in the ACC Tournament
|2013||Semifinals W, Virginia 13-9; Final W, UNC 12-8|
|2012||1st Rd. W, Virginia Tech 15-7; Semifinals W, Duke 12-3; Final W, UNC 14-10|
|2011||Semifinals W, Boston College 8-5; Final W, UNC 12-7|
|2010||Semifinals W, Virginia 10-6; Final W, UNC 10-5|
|2009||Semifinals W, Virginia 15-7; Final W, Duke 12-11|
|2008||Semifinals W, UNC 6-4; Final L, Virginia 10-9 (OT)|
|2007||Semifinals L, Virginia 10-7|
|2006||1st Rd. W, Boston College 21-8; Semifinals L, Duke 19-9|
|2005||Semifinals L, Virginia 15-11|
|2004||Semifinals L, Virginia 9-7|
|2003||Semifinals W, UNC 13-5; Final W, Virginia 11-6|
|2002||Semifinals W, Virginia 15-12; Final L, UNC 11-10|
|2001||Semifinals W, Virginia 7-6; Final W, Duke 15-12|
|2000||Semifinals W, Virginia 8-6; Final W, UNC 17-6|
|1999||Semifinals W, UNC 19-17 (OT); Final W, Virginia 16-6|
|1998||Semifinals L, UNC 12-10|
|1997||Semifinals W, Duke 14-4; Final W, Virginia 11-10|
#1 Terps Top Virginia Tech on Senior Day
• The No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team topped Virginia Tech 22-12 Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex to earn the top seed in the upcoming ACC Championship.
• Maryland wrapped up a share of the regular season conference title and will battle for a sixth-straight tournament championship when the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship begins next Thursday at Boston College. Senior Beth Glaros led the Terps with five goals as Maryland honored its six-member senior class prior to first draw. Sophomore Halle Majorana posted a career day with four goals. Brooke Griffin added four goals and Kelly McPartland and Taylor Cummings chipped in with two each.
Griffin Guides #2 Terps Past #18 Virginia
• Brooke Griffin netted five goals to lift the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory against No. 18 Virginia at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• Maryland outscored Virginia 7-2 in the second half to win the final conference meeting between the two programs. In addition to Griffin, Taylor Cummings led the Terrapin attack with three goals and two assists. Halle Majorana and Zoe Stukenberg also aided the offense with two goals each.
#2 Terps Fall at #1 North Carolina 17-15
• The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season 17-15 at No. 1 North Carolina.
•Taylor Cummings and Kelly McPartland each netted four goals and Zoe Stukenberg added three for Maryland. A late, valiant comeback effort fell just short while the Terps surrendered 17 goals, the highest mark they have allowed in a game since April 22, 2007. Despite the loss, Maryland dominated the draw, posting a 24-10 advantage in the category led by 10 from Cummings and eight by Beth Glaros.
Cummings Filling up Box Scores
• Taylor Cummings - an Inside Lacrosse Preseason National Player of the Year candidate - has been steady all season long for the Terrapins.
• The sophomore sensation is first in goals (44), and second in assists (21), and points (65). She also leads the team with 26 ground balls, 83 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers.
Douty Named ACC Defensive Player of the Week
• Maryland junior defender Megan Douty has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced last Tuesday.
• Douty was crucial to two strong defensive performances last week for the Terps as they held their 12th and 13th straight opponent to 10 or fewer goals in a pair of victories. Against Towson Wednesday, Douty picked up two ground balls and helped hold the Tigers to eight scores in a 19-8 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. In a pivotal ACC showdown with Boston College, the Fair Haven, N.J., native, was critical to the Terps’ success around the crease, limiting BC to eight goals on 26 shots and recorded two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
#2 Terps Edge #4 Boston College
• The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team picked up a pair of clutch performances from its freshman class as it edged No. 4 Boston College 10-9 at a rain-soaked Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• Rookie goalie Emily Kift made three game-changing saves late in the second half and freshman Deb Milani turned the tides in the draw to keep the Terps undefeated in 2014. Sophomore Taylor Cummings posted three goals and added an assist to lead Maryland offensively. Beth Glaros, Erin Collins and Halle Majorana chipped in with two goals each.
Terrapin Offense Erupts in 19-8 Win vs. Towson
• The Terrapin offense matched a season-high 19 goals as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team toppled Towson 19-8 in subfreezing temperatures at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• Kelly McPartland led Maryland with six goals, including four in the first 11 minutes of the game. Brooke Griffin added four goals and Halle Majorana, Zoe Stukenberg, Beth Glaros and Jen Mendez each posted two scores a piece. Taylor Cummings and Majorana recorded a pair of assists to help bolster Maryland’s dynamic attack.
McPartland Heating Up
• Kelly McPartland is having a tremendous junior season, posting a team-high 69 points in 2014.
• The Tewaaraton nominee also boasts team-highs in goals (44) and assists (25) while shooting at a stellar .571 clip (44-for-77).
• Maryland's freshman class has lived up to the hype this season, notching valuable minutes for the Terps.
• Zoe Stukenberg and Nadine Hadnagy have led the way for the rookies, notching starts in every game this season. Stukenberg boasts 29 goals and seven assists in her first season and Hadnagy has recorded 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.
#2 Terps Cruise Past #6 Penn 15-5
• The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team utilized a strong first half to pick up its 10th win of the 2014 campaign as it topped No. 6 Penn 15-5.
•Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Bryn Boucher all tallied hat tricks as Maryland held its fifth opponent to five or fewer goals. ACC Offensive Player of the Week Kelly McPartland added five points on two goals and three assists. Taylor Cummings and Zoe Stukenberg each added two scores.
Douty Added to Tewaaraton Watch List
• Maryland junior defender Megan Douty has been added to the Tewaaraton Watch List.
• Douty is one of Maryland’s top defensive players, helping the Terps hold opponents to a mere seven goals per game. The Terps have limited five squads to five or fewer goals, including No. 6 Penn.
McPartland, Douty Earn Weekly ACC Honors
• Maryland junior midfielder Kelly McPartland has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while junior defender Megan Douty and Syracuse senior goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino share ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors, as announced by the conference.
• McPartland and Douty led No. 2 Maryland to two top-10 wins on the week with a victory at No. 3 Syracuse (12-10) on March 10 and a triumph over No. 8 Notre Dame (16-10) on March 15.
#2 Terps Stay Perfect with 16-10 Win vs. #8 Irish
•Brooke Griffin tallied seven points to lead the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team to a 16-10 win against new conference foe No. 8 Notre Dame at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• Griffin notched four goals and three assists as Maryland held its ninth opponent to 10 or fewer goals in 2014. Taylor Cummings posted four goals and Kelly McPartland recorded a hat trick to aid the Terrapin attack. Cummings added a pair of assists to move her team-leading point total to 41.
#2 Terps Drop #3 Syracuse 12-10
• Sparked by five points from New York-native Kelly McPartland, the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team topped No. 3 Syracuse 12-10 in a top five showdown at the Carrier Dome.
• McPartland led the Terps with a hat trick and two assists as Maryland defeated the Orange in a rematch of last season’s national semifinals. Zoe Stukenberg, Erin Collins and Beth Glaros added two goals each. Brooke Griffin, Taylor Cummings and Halle Majorana each posted one tally to keep the Terps perfect in 2014.
Cummings Tagged ACC Offensive Player of the Week
• Maryland sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after her efforts against Hofstra and Duke.
• Cummings scored eight goals and added five assists for 13 points in a 2-0 week to keep the Terrapins unbeaten in 2014. In a 14-3 win over Hofstra to start the week, Cummings posted a hat trick and four assists in addition to a steady defensive effort where she helped hold the Pride to only three goals. She also added two ground balls, one caused turnover and five draw controls at Hofstra.
• The native of Ellicott City, Md., followed that up with a season-high five goals and racked up seven draw controls in a dominant 19-10 win at No. 6 Duke.
Glaros Guides #2 Terps Past #6 Duke
• Senior Beth Glaros erupted for six goals to lift the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team to a 19-10 victory at No. 6 Duke Saturday at Koskinen Stadium.
• Glaros nearly doubled her goal output for the season with six against Duke. The senior also added three draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers to give Maryland its first conference win in 2014. Sophomore Taylor Cummings tallied a season-high five goals and posted seven draw controls, three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls to lead the Terps.
Three Terps Tagged to Tewaaraton Watch List
• Griffin – an All-ACC selection in 2013 – racked up 49 goals and 24 assists last season. The redshirt junior was named ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after a sterling effort against Penn State.
• Cummings and McPartland – members of the U.S. national team – racked up 43 goals and 25 goals, respectively for the Terps a year ago. Cummings was the ACC Freshman of the Year and an IWLCA First Team All-American in 2013.
Defense Takes Center Stage
• Maryland’s defense has been tremendous in 2014, surrendering a mere 135 goals in 17 games this season.
• Opponents are averaging 7.94 goals per game against the Terps. Maryland has held five of 17 foes to five or fewer goals.
Griffin, Clipp Snag ACC Weekly Honors
• Redshirt juniors Brooke Griffin and Abbey Clipp were named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, after a pair of fantastic performances at Penn State.
• Griffin led the Terps to a pair of wins, including a convincing 14-7 victory at No. 7 Penn State on Feb. 22. The Edgewater, Md., native totaled 14 points on 11 goals and three assists in the two wins to help keep Maryland undefeated. In Maryland’s 18-8 win over Boston University, Griffin posted four goals and two assists, while also pitching in on defense with a caused turnover and a ground ball. Griffin followed that performance with a career-high seven goals and an assist to lead the Terps to their first win of the season over a nationally-ranked foe.
• Clipp put together the finest outing of her career against Penn State with a career-high 21 saves, including 12 in the first half, while helping the Maryland defense sustain a rare 36-31 shot deficit on the day. Clipp’s 21 saves were three shy of the Maryland single-game record held by Denise Wescott in 1977, and the most since Virginia’s Andrea Pfeiffer posted 22 against Princeton in the 2004 national championship game. The Ellicott City, Md., native record three saves in 30 minutes against Boston University.
Terps Down #7 Future Big Ten Foe Penn State 14-7
• Maryland notched its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in 2014 with the seven-goal victory against future Big Ten foe Penn State. In addition to Griffin’s seven scores, Beth Glaros added a hat trick and Kristen Lamon, Erin Collins, Kelly McPartland and Taylor Cummings chipped in with one tally each. Clipp’s 21 saves is three stops shy of the Terrapin record held by Denise Wescott in 1977 which was also against the Nittany Lions.
Clipp, Griffin Record Career Days
• Clipp recorded a massive 21 saves to help the Terrapin defense thwart a rare 36-31 shot deficit en route to its first victory against a top-ten ranked foe in 2014. Clipp recorded 13 saves total in the past two seasons.
• After catching fire against Boston University Wednesday with four goals and two assists, Griffin recorded seven goals and one helper in Maryland's win at Penn State Saturday. The attacker is currently leading the Terps with 17 points, including a team-high 13 goals and four assists.
Three Terps Land All-ACC Preseason Honors
• Maryland placed a league-high three student-athletes on the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team, league officials announced.
• The ACC boasts a new look this season with the addition of Syracuse and Notre Dame. A vote by the league coaches slated North Carolina to win the conference with Maryland coming in a close second. ACC newcomer Syracuse landed in third and Duke and Virginia rounded out the top five at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Terps Snag Numerous Inside Lacrosse Awards
• Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings has been tabbed to the 2014 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Player of the Year watch list.
• Cummings – the youngest of six players to be named to the list – posted 43 goals and 14 assists last season. She was equally valuable on the circle, where she recorded a team-high 94 draw controls.
• Brooke Griffin was pegged to IL’s Preseason First Team All-American team. Junior defender Megan Douty landed second team honors and senior midfielder Beth Glaros and sophomore defender Alice Mercer earned a spot on the third team.
Terps Guide USA to Gold at 2013 FIL World Cup
• McFadden and Schwarzmann – who both started for Team USA - combined for three goals and three draw controls in the title game.
Reese Returns to Lead Terps
• A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her eighth season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, three Tewaaraton Award winners, seven Tewaaraton finalists, 31 All-Americans, and 26 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
Four Terps Named IWLCA All-Americans
The 20-Win Club
• With its win against Stony Brook, Maryland notched its eighth 20-win season in program history in 2013 and its fourth in the last five seasons.
• Maryland also won at least 20 games in 1997 (21), 1999 (21), 2000 (21), 2001 (23), 2009 (21), 2010 (22), and 2011 (21).
A Terrapin Sweep!
• Katie Schwarzmann, Iliana Sanza, Taylor Cummings, and head coach Cathy Reese earned 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse individual postseason honors.
• Schwarzmann and Sanza each won their second straight offensive and defensive player of the year honor, respectively. Cummings was tabbed freshman of the year and Reese snagged her sixth career coach of the year award.
Protect This House
• Maryland is 81-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.
• The Terps have won all six games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past six seasons. The Terps are 220-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 14 perfect seasons in that span.
Maryland and the NCAA Tournament
• Maryland leads the nation with 29 appearances in the tournament. The Terps are also tops with 54 wins, 17 championship game appearances and 10 NCAA titles.
• Last season, the Terps made their 21st appearance in the NCAA Final Four.
Be the Best? Play the Best
• A toal of 13 of Maryland’s 22 wins last season came against nationally-ranked opponents.
• The Terps recorded six wins against top-10 ranked foes and three in the top five, including North Carolina (2) and Syracuse (2).
• Maryland will battle 10 teams ranked in Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Top 20 poll in 2014.