Women's Lacrosse Begins Big Week Today

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April 10, 2001


Terps Take On Three Top 20 Opponents in Five Days

The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team embarks on its most rigorous portion of the 2001 schedule this week as it will square off against three Top 20 opponents, all of which are local rivals. In addition, the three games will all be played within a span of five days beginning this Tuesday, April 10.

Maryland, which now stands at 10-0 on the season (3-0 ACC), actually began a stretch of four Top 20 opponents in a span of seven days on Sunday when they took on and beat then No. 12 James Madison, 16-6. The quest to complete its longest week continues tomorrow when the Terrapins play ninth-ranked William & Mary at Ludwig Field. The next challenge comes on Thursday when the Terps travel to Georgetown for a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament thriller. The Hoyas are ranked fifth and are the highest ranked opponent for Maryland since it squared off with Duke in the season opener. The week will conclude with the Terrapins taking on No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday in a doubleheader with the Maryland men's team at Byrd Stadium.

With Sunday's win, Maryland pushed its 2001 season-opening win streak to 10 and made it 30-in-a-row overall for the Terps dating back to last year. Maryland's last loss came on March 5th of last year and it was its only defeat in the team's last 60 outings.

Against the Dukes, the Terps scored twice within the game's first 22 seconds and never looked back in the 16-6 victory. Jen Adams led the way with six goals while Allison Comito chipped in a pair of goals and three assists and Courtney Hobbs notched her third hat trick in as many games.

On this week's promotional schedule, the Johns Hopkins doubleheader is two-for-one admission for both the men's and women's games. Galyon's is the game sponsor for both games.

Comito Making Her Way Up The Charts

- Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Jen Adams' scoring sprees and record making has been the outstanding play of senior Allison Comito, who is making her way up the Maryland scoring charts as well.

- Comito, who is currently second on the team in scoring with 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists), recently made her way up to fifth on the Terrapins' all-time list in goals as well as in points. In the last two weeks, she has knocked her career totals up to 154 goals and 231 points, surpassing such Terrapin greats along the way as Christie Jenkins, Sascha Newmarch and current Maryland assistant coach Cathy Nelson. In fact, it was a bad week all around for Nelson in the record books as Quinn Carney also leap-frogged her and into eighth on the points list.

- Midway into the season, Comito has found her stride and is again posting All-American numbers. In the Terrapins' last four games, she has scored 12 goals and in her last six games she has accounted for 25 points.

Head Coach Cindy Timchal

- Head coach Cindy Timchal is in her 11th season at the helm of the Maryland women's lacrosse program. In her 10-plus years, she has established one of the most dominant teams in all of collegiate athletics as the Terrapins are 179-12 (.937), have earned 10 NCAA Tournament bids and have taken the crown seven times.

- Timchal was selected last year as the IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year as well as Co-ACC Coach of the Year. She has been chosen as National Coach of the Year twice and has coached 36 Terrapins to All-American status.

- From the time of her arrival, Timchal has lost no more than three games in any one season, including a spectacular 21-0 season in 1999. She has led the Terps to the Final Four every year since her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable nine of the last 10 years. This year, Maryland will contend for an unprecedented seventh straight national title.

- Now in her 20th season of coaching collegiate athletics overall, Timchal got her start at Northwestern where she led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament five times in nine years. Her overall record (Maryland and Northwestern) currently stands at 255-52.

- Timchal is assisted by Gary Gait and Cathy Nelson. Gait is one of the most innovative minds in all of lacrosse coaching and widely held as one of the sports greatest players of all time. A 1991 graduate of Syracuse and three-time All-American, he still plays professionally and on the World Cup circuit. Nelson was an outstanding player in her own right as she was a two-time All-American at Maryland and the tournament MVP in the Terps' run to the 1998 national title.

Timchal's Year-by-Year at Maryland
1991	NCAA Runners-up 	14-3
1992	NCAA Champions  	14-1
1993	NCAA Semifinalists	12-2
1994	NCAA Runners-Up 	13-1
1995	NCAA Champions  	17-0
1996	NCAA Champions  	19-0
1997	NCAA Champions  	21-1
1998	NCAA Champions  	18-3
1990	NCAA Champions  	21-0
2000	NCAA Champions  	21-1
2001	                 	10-0
10+ Seasons at Maryland	179-12 (.937)

Adams On Pace

- Through 10 games, Jen Adams has done all that has been expected of her and more for the Terrapins. The two-time defending national Player of the Year, Adams is leading Maryland in goals (41), assists (28) and points (67) and is on pace to set the NCAA record for points in her by the end of the regular season. At her current pace of 6.7 points per game, Adams would complete the last game of the regular season (at Harvard) with 424 career points, three better than the NCAA record of Karen Emas.

- In the Terrps' 10 games of `01, Adams has already set four career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the NCAA's all-time mark for assists.

- In addition to her exploits in the record books, Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. Twice she has reached double digits in points (vs. Duke and at Penn State) with 10 and against the Nittany Lions last week, she tied her career high with seven goals.

- Adams entered the 2001 season as the favorite to claim Player of the Year honors for the third straight year, as well as her third year as an All-American. She was selected as the favorite for Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women, and she earned preseason first team All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse, College Lacrosse USA and LaxPower.

- The Australian native finished the 2000 season as the NCAA's Division I leader in points per game (6.18), goals (81) and assists (55). Her totals for points (136), assists and goals were all single season records at Maryland and put her in good shape to own the school's career records in all three categories.

- In six weeks of play this season, Adams has twice been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week and has been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) for her play in separate weeks.

- Adams is also within striking distance of moving to the top of the NCAA record books. She will not likely set the record for goals, but could move into the Top 5 with a season similar to last. The assist record fell on March 17 versus Brown and she now needs 57 points to become the NCAA's all-time points leader.

- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000.

Scoring Streaks

- A pair of Terrapin stars carried impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which are still alive and date back to their freshman seasons.

- Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 66 games. Adams began her streak on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win over Vanderbilt. In addition, she has scored at least one goal in all but 10 games of her 69-game collegiate career.

- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 60-game scoring streak. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against North Carolina in the ACC semifinals.

Martinez Playing Well

- Senior Courtney Martinez opened the 2001 season nursing a knee injury and wondering just how much she would be able to play against Duke in the opener. Since that time, the Towson native has come on strong and has been one of the Terps' top defenders and all-around players.

- After beginning the season in a supporting role, Martinez has since started seven straight games and has been stellar on defense. Despite not starting those first three games, she has worked her way into the team lead in caused turnovers with 25, she is second on the squad in ground balls with 30 (just one behind Courtney Hobbs) and is fifth on the team in draw controls with nine.

- Though she spends most of her time on defense, Martinez is not lacking as an offensive threat. She scored a goal against UMBC and has dished out three assists as well.

World Cup Terps

- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.

- Australians Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs have already made their country's team and will play at the tournament in High Wycombe, England.

-Quinn Carney is the lone Terp on this year's team with a shot at playing for the US Team. She is currently a member of the US "Elite Squad," from which 16 players will be chosen. In addition to Carney, nine other former Maryland players are on the "Elite" team and have a chance of making the team.

Enjoying the View

- Including the 2001 preseason IWLCA poll, Maryland has been atop of the national rankings for seven straight weeks. The Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 29 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.

Tewaaraton Terrapins

- Three members of this year's Terp team have been nominated for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.

- Among the 15 women nominated for this year's award are Terrapins Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito.

Scouting The Tribe

- William & Mary comes into Tuesday's game with a 6-4 record. The ninth-ranked Tribe have only lost to ranked opponents this season and come into this week's contest having won three of their last four. Their lone loss in that stretch was a 16-3 loss to Duke.

- Head coach Tara Kelly (Virginia, `93) is in her second season at William & Mary. Her job with the Tribe is her first as a head coach and her career record stands at 12-13 after the team went 6-9 a year ago. She came to William & Mary after serving as an assistant at Connecticut for two years.

- The Tribe have been led in scoring this year by seniors Lindsey Lowman and Tara Hannford. Lowman has scored a team-high 40 points and has done so behind 25 assists while Hannaford leads the team with 28 goals while adding four assists.

- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series with the Tribe, 18-5. The Terps won last year's meeting 13-5 while William & Mary's last victory in the series was a 7-6 win at home in 1998.

Scouting The Hoyas

- Georgetown enters this Thursday's game with an 8-1 record and a No. 5 national ranking. The Hoyas have been ranked as high as number two this year in the IWLCA poll and they are coming off of an impressive 15-9 win at North Carolina. Their lone loss was an 8-7 defeat at the hands of Duke.

- The Hoyas are led by head coach Kim Simons (Princeton, `93) who is in her sixth year with the program. The start to this season is thus far her best in D.C. as her team's previous best season was 1996 when it went 12-3. Her overall record at Georgetown is 61-30.

- The Georgetown offensive attack has been led this season by senior Sheehan Stanwick and junior Erin Elbe. Stanwick, whose sister Wick is the team's third-leading scorer, has scored 52 points (35 goals, 17 assists) while Elbe has scored a like number of assists to go with 23 goals of her own.

- Series Info: Maryland has never lost in the nine-game series with Georgetown. Last year's 7-6 overtime scare in the NCAA quarterfinals was the closest contest in the series' history while the average score in the other seven games saw Maryland holding a scoring advantage of better than 16-7.

Scouting The Blue Jays

- The Terps square off with Johns Hopkins in Maryland's lone televised game of the 2001 regular season. The Blue Jays are 6-4 after 10 games and have lost two of their last three.

- Hopkins' head coach is Janine Tucker (Loyola, `89) who is 96-30 in seven years with the program. In her career, she has played Maryland just once as the series between the two schools was just revived last year.

- The Blue Jays have three players who have scored 20 points or more this season. Leading the way is Erin Wellner with 28 goals and 13 assists while Jamie Larrimore and Heidi Pearce have each scored 25 goals apiece.

- Series Info: Maryland and Johns Hopkins, despite being less than 30 minutes apart, have only played twice in their history. The Terps have won both games in impressive fashion as they took last year's game, 16-3, and the previous meeting -- in 1979 -- by a score of 17-1.

NCAA Assist Record Falls

- In Maryland's 20-4 win over Brown (3/17), Jen Adams scored four goals and distributed three assists to lead all Terps with seven points. More notable, however, was the fact that Adams' third assist of the day was the 133rd of her career. That total broke both the Maryland and the NCAA records held by former Terrapin great Kelly Amonte (1993-96) who had 132.

- Adams is now at the top of the Maryland career charts for points, assists and goals. The next big record that could fall to the Australian native is the all-time NCAA points record as she currently stands fourth and needs 57 points to move to the top.


- The captains of this year's Maryland team are seniors Jen Adams and Tori Wellington. The pair were chosen after a vote was conducted by their teammates as representatives of this year's squad.

20th Anniversary

- This season will mark the 20-year anniversary of Maryland's first-ever national championship. That title came in 1981 as Maryland won the AIAW national championship with a 12-3 record. (The AIAW was the forerunner to the NCAA for competition in women's collegiate athletics.)

- The 1981 team was coached by Sue Tyler who spent 16 seasons with the Terps, compiling an impressive 195-61-3 record with two national titles.

Terps Faves To Repeat

- Maryland entered the 2001 season as the favorite to repeat -- for the sixth consecutive time -- as NCAA champion. The Terrapins have held the number one spot in each of the first two IWLCA polls and were picked by several publications in the preseason to repeat as champ. Among the publications picking the Terps are College Lacrosse USA, Inside Lacrosse, LaxPower and Sports Illustrated for Women.

- The Terrapins entered this season having won six straight national titles. Last year, Maryland won its final 20 games and defeated Princeton in the NCAA Finals, 16-8, to claim the crown. The 2001 season marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Maryland's first women's lacrosse championship (the 1981 AIAW championship) and a repeat performance this year would mark the 10th title in school history.

- Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 29 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.