Terps and Tar Heels Tangle in ACC Finals

April 23, 2011

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CARY, N.C. - A familiar foe stands between No. 1 Maryland and a third-straight title when the Terps battle rival North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. in the finals of the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports.

Maryland (16-0) defeated fourth-seeded Boston College, 8-5, Friday, with the help of a sturdy defensive effort and three goals from senior Tewaaraton nominee Sarah Mollison.

The Terps and the Tar Heels tangled for the ACC crown a year ago, with Maryland besting UNC, 10-5, in College Park. North Carolina is the only team to defeat the Terps since 2008, doing so in the NCAA semifinals in 2009 and during regular season play in 2010.

Sunday's showdown will be broadcast live on FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Carolinas and CSN Mid-Atlantic. The game will also be shown on delay on SunSports Monday at noon.

• Maryland has won seven of the 13 ACC Championships by taking titles in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2010.
• The Terps are 18-7 all-time including wins against Virginia and North Carolina on its way to the title in 2010.
• Maryland and Virginia are the only two programs to boast three consecutive championships.

• 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.
• 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.

• North Carolina (12-4), like Maryland, has taken on a challenging slate in 2011 with games against eight teams ranked in the top 20 in regular season play.
• Corey Donohoe leads the UNC offense with 44 goals and 15 assists. The Tar Heel defense is giving up 8.12 goals per game.
• Maryland leads the all-time series, 17-9, including a win over the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship game a year ago. UNC is the only team to beat the Terps since 2008.

April 9, 2011 - UNC 9, Maryland 12
April 25, 2010 - UNC 5, Maryland 10 (ACC Tournament)
April 10, 2010 - Maryland 9, UNC 13
May 23, 2009 - UNC, 8, Maryland 7 (NCAA Tournament)
April 11, 2009 - UNC 8, Maryland 13
April 25, 2008 - UNC 4, Maryland 6 (ACC Tournament)
April 12, 2008 - Maryland 10, UNC 8
March 24, 2007 - UNC 6, Maryland 8
May 14, 2006 - Maryland 6, UNC 9 (NCAA Tournament)
April 15, 2006 - Maryland 9, UNC 11

•The Maryland women's lacrosse team placed a league-best six players on the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
•Brittany Dipper, Katie Gallagher, Karri Ellen Johnson, Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann all garnered honors for the undefeated Terps, who head into this weekend's ACC Championship as the top seed.
•Johnson and Mollison are three-time honorees while Merrifield and Schwarzmann earned the nod for the second time in their careers.

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, who moved to 47-1 in College Park in the Cathy Reese-era. Maryland has now won at least a share of the ACC regular season championship every season in Reese's five-year tenure.

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. She is one of only two active players nationally to boast membership in the exclusive club.
• Currently, the Aussie has 134 goals and 115 assists. She is tied for seventh all-time in points with 249. 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 - 134 g, 115 a - current

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.

• Maryland has had a myriad of players lead the squad in scoring each game - 11 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
Virginia Tech - Kirk/Mollison, 3
Boston College - Mollison, 3

• 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.

• During head coach Cathy Reese's five-year tenure at the helm of the Maryland program, the Terps are averaging 15.1 goals per game.
• The Terps are also outscoring opponents by an average of 137.8 goals per year.

• Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
• Mollison boasts a string of 61 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 26 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 27 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 6.69 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.

26 and COUNTING...
• Maryland has won 26 straight games dating back to a win against Princeton April 14, 2010.
• The Terps are defeating their opponents by an average of 9.04 goals per game during the streak. Maryland has outscored its opposition 398-169 and is tallying 15.2 goals per game in the 26-game span.

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.
• She is on pace to crush her single-season best tally of 38 set in 2009.

• 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 (9.6), scoring offense (16.4) and total points (368) nationally. The Terps also rank second in scoring defense (6.42) and are one of three teams that remain undefeated in 2011.
Sarah Mollison leads the nation in total assists and ranks third in points. Brittany Dipper is first in goals against average.

• Maryland is dominating the turnover battle this season, forcing opponents into 47 more turnovers than it is making.
• The Terps have had less or equal turnovers than their opponent in all 16 games this season.
• Maryland is also clearing the ball at a .839 clip compared to its opponents (.774).

• 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.

• 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 four players on this year's Tewaaraton Watch List, including senior Sarah Mollison, juniors Karri Ellen Johnson and Brittany Dipper and sophomore Katie Schwarzmann.
• The watch list will eventually be whittled down two more times until the top ten finalists are named in May.
Caitlyn McFadden became Maryland's second Tewaaraton award winner last season.

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Head coach Cathy Reese returns for her fifth season at her alma mater.
Reese Highlights:
• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• There are many ways to follow the Maryland women's lacrosse team this season.
• will have a live interactive blog for most away games, including Richmond, Delaware, Virginia, Towson and Georgetown.
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• TerpsTV Premium will also be webcasting Maryland home games against Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.