April 15, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland travels to Virginia Tech Saturday for its final tune-up before the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship next weekend. The match is slated for noon at Thompson Field.
The Terps (14-0, 4-0 ACC) secured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season crown last Saturday and look to secure their 25th consecutive win when they battle the resurgent Hokies (10-6, 1-3 ACC) Saturday.
WMUC will have a live broadcast of all the action.
TERPS BLAST PRINCETON ON SENIOR DAY
Seniors Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison combined for 11 points to lead No. 1 Maryland to its 24th consecutive win, downing No. 12 Princeton, 17-10, on Senior Night Wednesday.
With the win, Maryland capped its 13th perfect home regular season slate in program history. The Terps, who have already clinched the ACC regular season title, started all seven of its available seniors, including Colleen Dawson, Sara Cooper, Brandi Jones, Katie Gallagher, Brittany Poist, Merrifield and Mollison.
Brittany Dipper helped guide a solid defensive showing, boasting nine saves in 52 minutes of work. Gallagher racked up team-highs in caused turnovers (3) and ground balls (3).
Merrifield ended the match with four goals and one assist while Mollison tallied three goals and three helpers. Jones ended with a hat trick and Schwarzmann registered two goals and two assists to aid another balanced Terrapin attacking effort.
SCHWARZMANN SNAGS ACC WEEKLY HONOR
Katie Schwarzmann has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Monday, April 11.
Schwarzmann netted four goals, including the game-winner, in a pivotal conference win against rival and fourth-ranked North Carolina to clinch the ACC regular season title.
TERPS TOP UNC, SECURE ACC REGULAR SEASON CROWN
Katie Schwarzmann and Laura Merrifield scored four goals each to pace No. 1 Maryland to a 12-9 win against league-rival North Carolina.
Maryland won its 23rd consecutive match, despite the absence of All-American attacker Karri Ellen Johnson, who was out with a concussion for the second straight game. Schwarzmann and Merrifield picked up the slack offensively, totaling eight goals on 14 shots. On the whole, the Terrapin attack was extremely efficient, posting a .480 shot percentage against a Carolina defense that was giving up a mere 7.83 goals per game.
With two assists on the day, Mollison extended her streak to 58 straight games with a point and moved into sole possession of third on Maryland's career assists list with 112. Jones tallied a team-high four draw controls, Sanza registered a career-high four caused turnovers and Dipper posted seven saves in the cage to lead the Terps. Maryland has now won at least a share of the ACC regular season championship every season in Reese's five-year tenure.
SCOUTING VA TECH...
Virginia Tech (10-6), who is in the middle of a resurgent season, defeated Longwood its last time out.
The Hokies are led by a trio of goal-scorers - Allie Emala (37g), Jessica Nonn (36g), Morgan Widlake (31g).
Maryland leads the all-time series, 7-0, including a win over the Hokies last season, 18-4.
THE 100/100 CLUB
Sarah Mollison became the seventh player in Maryland history to notch 100 goals and 100 assists for her career earlier this season.
Currently, the Aussie has 125 goals and 112 assists. She is 10th all-time in points with 237. Below is a list of 100/100 club members:
Jen Adams - 267 g, 178 a
Kelly Amonte - 187 g, 132 a
Quinn Carney - 162 g, 110 a
Judy Dougherty - 143 g, 106 a
Kelly Kasper - 134 g, 102 a
Caitlyn McFadden - 149 g, 110 a
Sarah Mollison - 127 g, 115 a - current
Maryland secured a share of the ACC regular season championship for the fifth consecutive season Saturday with a win over rival North Carolina.
The Terps will look to win their third straight ACC Tournament crown April 21-24 in Cary, N.C. Maryland will be the top seed for the second time in the last three seasons.
DIPPER HITTING STRIDE
Throughout her three years as Maryland's starting goalie, Brittany Dipper has continually proven herself as a big game player for the Terps.
The junior, who leads the ACC with a 6.55 goals against average, has already been tabbed to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team in each of her first two seasons.
MOLLISON NABS ACC WEEKLY HONOR
Sarah Mollison was tabbed ACC Player of the Week. for the period ending April 3.
The senior tallied 15 points on the week, including a 10-point showing against Towson. With three assists against No. 8 Penn, the captain moved into third in career helpers at Maryland. She also registered three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover on the week.
MOJO BABY, YEAH!
Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson have been one of the most dominating tandems in the game this season.
Johnson boasts 39 goals while Mollison has dished a Terp-best 40 assists.
The pair is already etched in Maryland history, each ranking among the top five in career goals and career assists.
Of Johnson's 39 goals this season, 13 have come via an assist from Mollison.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Maryland has had a myriad of players lead the squad in scoring each game - 10 different combinations to be exact.
Below is a breakdown of the Terps top goal-scorers in each game this season.
Richmond - Johnson, 7
Delaware - Johnson/Schwarzmann, 5
PSU - Mollison/Schwarzmann/Black, 3
Duke - Johnson/Schwarzmann, 5
Virginia - Merrifield, 5
George Mason - Trentzsch, 3
Syracuse - Mollison, 2
Boston College - Johnson, 5
Stony Brook - Jones, 4
James Madison - Merrifield, 4
Towson - Mollison/Johnson, 5
Penn - Schwarzmann, 4
North Carolina - Schwarzmann/Merrifield, 4
Princeton - Merrifield, 4
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 48-1 at home under fifth-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past four seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 188-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 12 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
COLLEGE PARK - STREAK CITY
Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
Mollison boasts a string of 59 consecutive games with either an assist or a goal. Johnson has scored a point in all 56 games she has appeared in since her arrival as a freshman.
The Terps have won 24 consecutive games, dating back to 2010.
The Maryland defense has allowed an opponent to score more than 10 goals only three times in the last 25 games.
The Terps surrendered 13 scores at North Carolina April 10, 2010 - their last loss - and gave up 11 to Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland allotted Duke 11 scores this season.
The Terps are giving up an average of 6.71 goals per game in 2011 including holding No. 16 Penn State and George Mason to two goals - a feat not done by Maryland since 2003.
No. 1 TALLIES No. 100
Sarah Mollison found favorite target Karri Ellen Johnson with 1:01 remaining in the first half against James Madison March 26 to pick up her 100th career helper.
The senior became only the seventh player in Maryland history to hit the century mark for assists.
Her 40 assists in 2011 rank eighth for helpers in a season in Maryland annals.
TERPS SURVIVE SYRACUSE STALL
No. 12 Syracuse tried its best to slow down No. 1 Maryland's high-powered attack but the Terps were able to survive the stall and drop the Orange, 7-5.
Maryland was held to its lowest scoring output in 2011 and was led by senior Tewaaraton nominee Sarah Mollison, who tallied a team-high two goals and two assists. Katie Schwarzmann, Karri Ellen Johnson, Kristy Black and Brandi Jones each added a goal and an assist.
The Terps notched their 17th consecutive win and moved to 11-0 all-time against Syracuse.
Maryland boasts the top scoring margin (10.5), scoring offense (16.75) and total points (301) nationally. The Terps also rank second in scoring defense (6.25) and is one of four teams that remain undefeated in 2011.
Sarah Mollison leads the nation in total assists and ranks second in points. Karri Ellen Johnson is sixth in goals and 12th in points. Brittany Dipper is first in goals against average.
The Terps have four players in the top 101 nationally in total points, including Mollison, Johnson, Schwarzmann and Kristy Black.
TALE OF THE TURNOVER
Maryland is dominating the turnover battle this season, forcing opponents into 45 more turnovers than it is making.
The Terps have had less or equal turnovers than their opponent in all 14 games this season.
Maryland is also clearing the ball at a .825 clip compared to its opponents (.759).
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Maryland has held two opponents to two goals this season - a feat that has not been done since 2003.
The Terps' 19-point win over George Mason is the highest margin of victory for the Terps since a 24-5 win against Johns Hopkins in April of 2001.
TERPS SWEEP ACC WEEKLY AWARDS AGAIN
For the second consecutive week, No. 1 Maryland swept the league's weekly awards as Laura Merrifield and Brittany Dipper were named ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for the week ending March 7.
Merrifield, despite battling the stomach flu, notched a game-high five goals to help No. 1 Maryland dominate Virginia.
Dipper helped hold Virginia to only six goals. The junior goalie was stellar in the cage in the team's lone game of the week, surrendering only six scores in 21 Virginia attempts and scooping up a pair of ground balls.
MERRIFIELD PACES TERPS PAST NO. 5 VIRGINIA
A five-goal effort from Laura Merrifield helped fuel No. 1 Maryland as it dominated No. 5 Virginia, 18-6, on the road in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Merrifield, who was announced as one of five Maryland players on this year's preliminary Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day, notched a season-high five goals on five shots. Fellow Tewaaraton nominees Karri Ellen Johnson and Katie Schwarzmann tallied four and three goals, respectively.
Maryland has five players on this year's Tewaaraton Watch List, including seniors Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison, juniors Karri Ellen Johnson and Brittany Dipper and sophomore Katie Schwarzmann.
The watch list will eventually be whittled down three more times until the top ten finalists are named in May.
Caitlyn McFadden became Maryland's second Tewaaraton award winner last season.
JOHNSON, SCHWARZMANN NAB ACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Maryland swept the league weekly awards as Karri Ellen Johnson and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for the period ending March 1.
Johnson scored five goals and added an assist to lead No. 1 Maryland to its' first ACC win this season. Johnson also notched three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Schwarzmann coupled her third five-goal performance this season with a phenomenal defensive effort against Duke. The sophomore was steady on the defensive end of the field, racking up a game-high five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. She was also named Synapse Defensive Player of the Week and WomensLax.com Player of the Week.
BALANCED ATTACK DOWNS NO. 3 DUKE
Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals each to lead No. 1 Maryland to its first marquee win of the season against No. 3 Duke, 18-11.
Schwarzmann tallied her third five-goal showing for Maryland and added a team-high five ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Johnson moved into sixth all-time in career goals at Maryland with five on the day and also added an assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
POIST NAMED ACC DEFENSIVE POTW
Brittany Poist was tabbed Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Monday, Feb. 20.
The senior helped a lock-down defense which granted No. 16 Penn State only two goals. It marked just the first time Maryland has held a foe under three goals since 2003.
WHAT A RIDE...
Maryland captured its 10th NCAA crown when it staged an incredible comeback from a 6-0 deficit against five-time defending champion Northwestern in the national title game to conclude the 2010 season.
It was Maryland's first NCAA title since 2001. The game was played in front a record-crowd totaling nearly 10,000 people.
GALLAGHER RETURNS FOR DEFENSE
After serving a redshirt season during Maryland's run to the national title in 2010, Katie Gallagher returns to action in 2011 to help rejuvenate a defense that will be without the services of departing seniors Abby Caso and Karissa Taylor.
Gallagher is entering her third season as a starter and totaled 24 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls prior to her redshirt senior season in 2011.
.KEJ TABBED PRESEASON BEST
Junior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson has been named Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division I Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the publication Monday.
Johnson, a local product from Annapolis, amassed 143 goals in only two seasons in College Park. She capped last year's magical run to the program's 10th NCAA championship by scoring three times in the Terps' 13-11 win over five-time defending champion Northwestern in the NCAA final.
The two-time IWLCA All-American is currently ranked fourth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 177.
REESE RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON
Head coach Cathy Reese returns for her fifth season at her alma mater.
2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
2007, 2009, and 2010 ACC Coach of the Year
2009, 2010 ACC Champions
Coached 2008, 2007, 2009 and 2010 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, 14 All-Americans, and 15 All-ACC selections
2009 and 2010 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
Maryland boasts three players from countries outside the U.S., including captains Sarah Mollison (Australia) and Laura Merrifield (England).
A transfer from Cal-Berkley, Camilla Hayes joins Merrifield as a representative from England.
SMALLS DISHIN' IT OUT
One game into her senior season, Sarah Mollison added her name to the Maryland career assists list.
The senior from Melbourne, Australia, ranks third all-time in career helpers at Maryland with 115.
She tied a school-record for assists in a game with six in the season opener at Richmond.
Cathy Reese has named seniors Sarah Mollison, Katie Gallagher and Laura Merrifield captains for the 2011 campaign.
Mollison served as captain last year as a junior, helping lead Maryland to its first national championship since 2001. The attacker was third on the team last season with 45 goals. The Melbourne, Australia, native is a two-time All-American and returns for her third season as a starter.
Gallagher missed last season with an illness but is poised to lead the Terrapin defense in 2011. One of Maryland's strongest players, Gallagher is a three-year starter for the Terps and played a key role in the squad capturing the 2009 ACC Championship.
Merrifield has been a steady force in the midfield for Maryland since her arrival. As one of the tallest players in the country, she brings an imposing stature to the Terps' offensive scheme and also boasts the speed to allow Maryland to run its fast-paced style of play.
TERPS LAX - A FAMILY AFFAIR
Maryland freshmen Abbey Clipp and Annie Farrell have a family link to the Terps.
Clipp's sister Becky is a former All-American for the women's lacrosse program. Farrell's brother, Brian, is an All-American long pole for the Terrapin men's lacrosse unit.
THE YOUNG AND TALENTED
Four freshmen once again represented the University of Maryland well when they played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.
Brooke Griffin led all South scorers with three goals as the North edged the South.
Beth Glaros, Amalie Trentzsch and Kelsey Horton all earned starts and joined Griffin.
Horton tallied a team-high four assists on the day, including two to Griffin, while adding a goal. Glaros scooped a ground ball and the combo of Griffin and Horton gathered a combined six draw controls in the all-star action.
RED, WHITE & BLUE TERPS
When the Terps tangled with the U.S. this preseason, they were without the services of key players Katie Schwarzmann and Brittany Poist.
Schwarzmann, an IWLCA Second Team All-American and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, is in her first full season with U.S. Senior National Team. She joins her older sister, Lauren, on the squad.
Poist is also experiencing her first action with the U.S. Senior National Team. A transfer from the University of Louisville, Poist played an integral role for Maryland as a junior, helping lead the nation's top defense.
Former Terps Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden are also on the U.S. National Team.
TERPS RACK UP SEVENTH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Led by five points from Caitlyn McFadden and a career-high 12 saves from Brittany Dipper, Maryland upended No. 1 North Carolina, 10-5, to win its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship title in 2010.
UNC was held to its lowest goal output of the year while Brittany Poist led the Terrapin defense with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Maryland, which has played host to the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship twice, has won the tournament in both attempts with defeats of Carolina in the title game on each occasion.
McFadden was tabbed tournament most valuable player while teammates Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Laura Merrifield, and Karissa Taylor joined her on the all-tournament team.
FOLLOW THE TERPS!
There are many ways to follow the Maryland women's lacrosse team this season.
Umterps.com will have a live interactive blog for most away games, including Richmond, Delaware, Virginia, Towson and Georgetown.
WMUCSports.com will once again be broadcasting the majority of the games. Log on to their site for more information.
TerpsTV Premium will also be webcasting Maryland home games against Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.