March 5, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
For the second consecutive week, the No. 3 Maryland women's lacrosse team will take on a second-ranked rival as the Terps travel to ACC-foe Virginia for a Friday match-up at Klöckner Stadium. The game is slated for 7 p.m.
Maryland (3-0) upset No. 2 Duke, 15-13, last Saturday in College Park to stay perfect on the season. It was the fourth time in three seasons that the Terps have defeated an opponent ranked first or second at home. Laura Merrifield was welcomed back with open arms after missing the first two games of the 2009 campaign due to injury. The sophomore was tabbed ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high five goals against the Blue Devils.
TERPS AIM FOR 20th CONSECUTIVE DANCE
Maryland returns hungry for a championship this season, aiming to land a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2009.
The Terps ended the 2008 campaign with its highest win total since 2003 (18 wins) and suffered only three losses on the year, including one in the ACC Tournament and the other in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Maryland returns four starters from a year ago, including All-American Caitlyn McFadden. Other returning starters include midfielder Amanda Spinnenweber and defenders Katie Gallagher and Karissa Taylor.
Maryland women's lacrosse fans will need to get accustomed to a few new faces this season, as the Terps added seven to its roster in 2009.
Six freshman and one sophomore transfer newly dot the roster.
Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:
#27 Brittany Poist * Sophomore * D
- led the nation in caused turnovers as a freshman at Louisville
- tenth in the country in ground balls with 54
- Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner while enrolled at North Carroll High School
#5 Grace Gaeng * Freshman * M
- two-sport standout (lax and soccer) at John Carroll HS in Bel Air
- also played lacrosse for the Skywalkers
#8 Kristy Black * Freshman * M
- set Glenelg career records with 172 goals, 143 assists, 315 points and 221 draw controls
- All-American, Toyota Girl's High School All-Tewaarton, and Under Armour All-American
#18 Karri Ellen Johnson * Freshman * A
- won World Championship with U-19 women's lacrosse national team
- high school Tewaarton winner in 2007
#21 Mary Jordan * Freshman * G
- team MVP, All-Galaxy and Under Armour All-American at St. Mary's HS
- also played four years with CCLAX
#22 Elizabeth Hamilton * Freshman * D
- excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey as a prep athlete at Roland Park Country
- first team All-City in lacrosse in 2007 and 2008
#43 Brittany Dipper * Freshman * G
- four-time first team All-Olympic Conference selection
- All-New Jersey pick as a senior and member of U-19 N.J. National Team
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
The No. 2 Cavaliers head into the weekend with a 4-0 record, having defeated Virginia Tech (19-3), Loyola (19-8), Richmond (16-7) and third-ranked Syracuse (16-7).
All-American Ashley McCulloch leads the Cavaliers with 14 goals and 15 assists. The senior leads the ACC in assists and points this season. Blair Weymouth counters McCulloch with 14 goals this season.
UVA topped the Terps, 10-9, last season in the ACC Championship game in the last outing between the two teams.
Goalie Lauren Benner was tabbed womenslacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week for her effort against Syracuse and Richmond. She leads the ACC in save percentage (.544).
The Terps lead the all-time series, 30-17.
Last 10 Meetings:
April 27, 20091 - Maryland 9, Virginia 10
March 4, 2008 - Virginia 5, Maryland 8
April 27, 20071 - Maryland 7, Virginia 10 (at Chapel Hill)
March 13, 2007 - Maryland 4, Virginia 15
March 7, 2006 - Virginia, 14, Maryland 9
April 29, 20051 - Virginia 15, Maryland 11 (at Baltimore)
March 8, 2005 - Maryland 8, Virginia 15
April 23, 20041 - Virginia 9, Maryland 7 (at Chapel Hill)
March 9, 2004 - Virginia 10, Maryland 8
May 16, 20032 - Virginia 9, Maryland 8 (at Syracuse)
1 - ACC Tournament
2 - NCAA Tournament
TOPPING THE CHARTS - TERPS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 24 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 21st appearance in the postseason.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (51) and has the most wins with a 37-15 record. Virginia is second in games played with 46 while Princeton has 29 wins which is second.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is five more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first four national titles the last four seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
The Terps have more wins than any other two-loss team entering the tournament in NCAA history. Duke (2006), Hofstra (2001), and Lafayette (1989) previously had the most with 16-2 records.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2009 campaign, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 495 and also boast the top winning percentage (.801).
MCFADDEN LANDS ON U.S. WORLD CUP TEAM
Maryland junior Caitlyn McFadden was one of 18 players selected to compete for the United States in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup from June 17-27 in the Czech Republic. The team was selected following the Champion® Challenge event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the first weekend in February.
McFadden, who boasted All-American honors as a sophomore, is one of six current collegiate players to be named to the team. The junior from Phoenix, Md., tallied 27 goals and 27 assists a year ago.
In addition to McFadden, former Terp Acacia Walker was also named to the team. Walker played for the Terps from 2002-05 and was a two-time All-American. Walker is currently the associate head coach at UMass. Current Maryland assistant coach and former Terp standout Quinn Carney was named as an alternate. Carney was a four-time national champion and two-time All-American for the Terps. She was a member of the U.S. World Cup champion squad in 2001 and then earned a silver medal in 2005, where she was named to the All-World Team.
MOLLISON AND MERRIFIELD SELECTED TO PLAY IN WORLD CUP
Sophomores Sarah Mollison and Laura Merrifield will compete for the Australian and English national teams, respectively, at this summer's International Federation of Lacrosse World Cup in Prague.
Mollison, a sophomore from Melbourne, was one of the youngest members of the 2005 Australian World Cup team that won the championship. Mollison has won seven Australian championships as a member of the U-21 and U-17 Victorian junior national teams. As a Terrapin, the midfielder racked up eight goals and six assists in her rookie campaign in 2008. She also tallied seven groundballs and a pair of draw controls in 18 games played.
Merrifield, a sophomore from Hertfordshire, played in 17 contests last season. The midfielder notched 10 goals and one assist with two draw controls and six caused turnovers. She was a member of the U-19 All-World Team and a co-captain of the U-19 England squad.
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES
Just as so many Terps have done in the past, this season the torch has been passed down to yet another group of players looking to keep Maryland women's lacrosse front and center in the national spotlight.
The Terps benefited from a plethora of senior leadership last season, including Tewaarton finalists Dana Dobbie and Kelly Kasper. Dobbie captured ACC Player of the Year honors as a junior and a senior, while Kasper exited Maryland as one of its most prolific players, ranking fifth in assists and seventh in points all-time. Dobbie and Kasper were two-time and three-time All-Americans, respectively.
Caitlyn McFadden is poised to be the next in line of Terp greats, already notching All-ACC and All-America honors as a sophomore. The junior midfielder is a preseason All-American by several publications this season.
2009 CAPTAINS NAMED
Head coach Cathy Reese and the Maryland women's lacrosse team named Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor captains for the 2009 season.
The announcement comes on the cusp of McFadden being tabbed to the 2009 U.S. World Cup Team, which will compete in the Czech Republic this summer. The junior is the Terps top returner this season after notching 27 goals and 27 assists for a Maryland squad that finished 18-3 in 2008. McFadden earned All-America honors in addition to landing on the All-ACC team.
Spinnenweber is also a returning starter and is poised to make an increased impact in the midfield this season. The junior from Pasadena, Md., netted 18 goals and dished out three assists a year ago and appeared in 17 games as a freshman.
Taylor is one of the top returning defenders for Maryland this season after starting in all 20 games as a sophomore in 2008. The Easton, Md.-native tallied 26 groundballs and 20 draw controls last season.
TERPS TAKE ON TOUGH SLATE
The Maryland women's lacrosse team has once again assembled a challenging slate for the 2009 season as the Terps face seven teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Maryland will be tested early, taking on two ACC foes in its first four contests when the Terps face Duke Feb. 28 and Virginia March 6.
The Terps return to the Maryland area with matches at Georgetown March 11, in College Park against New Hampshire March 15, and at Towson March 24 before heading to the annual ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio to battle Penn State and Ohio State. Maryland also welcomes Boston College and Stanford in the month of March and heads to James Madison March 27.
Maryland gets back to conference play with a contest against North Carolina at home on April 11 and continues the home stand with a game three days later against Johns Hopkins on April 14. Both squads will help prep Maryland for the 2009 ACC Tournament April 23-26 at Virginia Tech.
Prior to NCAA Tournament time, the Terps will play Princeton at home May 2.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 19-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese the past three seasons.
Maryland was a perfect 9-0 in College Park in 2007, going 5-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, 3-0 at Ludwig Field, and 1-0 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland saw its home winning streak hault at 17 games when they fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals to end the 2008 season.
The Terps, now in their third season under the guidance of Reese, have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 159-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 10 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
MERRIFIELD SHINES AS TERPS TOP NO. 2 DUKE
Maryland remained perfect on the season with a pivotal ACC win, 15-13, against No. 2 Duke at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Laura Merrifield led the Terps with five goals while Caitlyn McFadden added three assists and a goal for four points. Amanda Spinnenweber had three goals and an assist. Karri Ellen Johnson paced Maryland with four draw controls in addition to scoring three goals. Karissa Taylor and Katie Gallagher led the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers, respectively.
The win avenged a pair of losses to the Blue Devils in 2008, including one that knocked the Terps from the NCAA Tournament.
WEEKLY AWARDS STARTING TO PILE UP FOR TERPS
After a tremendous effort to help down No. 2 Duke, sophomore Laura Merrifield captured Maryland's first Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week nod, for the week ending in March 1.
It was the first-career award for Merrifield, who was also named womenslax.com Player of the Week.
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson was womenslacrosse.com's Rookie of the Week. Merrifield was named to the Honor Roll as well.
MARYLAND OUTLASTS UMASS, 16-4
The UMass women's lacrosse team did all it could to stall the sixth-ranked Terps, but Maryland's offense eventually broke out, racking up 12 goals in the second half en route to a 16-4 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
McFadden set a career-high for goals in a game (7) and point total (8). Mollison also had a career-day, notching bests in goals (3), assists (5) and points (8). The Terps offense has combined for 33 goals in its first two games. Brandi Jones led the Terps with two draw controls, while Mollison, McFadden and Maeve McKew all added two groundballs as Maryland won the groundball battle, 11-4. The Terrapin defense was tremendous, allowing only ten Minutewomen shots.
TERPS DROP RICHMOND, 17-6
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals and the sixth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team opened up the 2009 campaign with win, defeating Richmond, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium.
Johnson led all players with five goals and five draw controls while Mollison had a career-high three assists. The Jones sister (Brittany and Brandi) tandem combined for seven points on five goals and two assists. Katie Gallagher and Brittany Poist led the Maryland defense with three groundballs a piece.
JOHNSON PICKS UP AWARD AFTER STRONG SHOWING V. RICHMOND
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson started off what looks to be an illustrious career with the Terps with a five-goal showing in a win against Richmond.
For her efforts, the attacker picked up womenslax.com's Rookie of the Week award, the first to be distributed this season.
MARYLAND DOMINATES ENGLAND IN EXHIBITION
The Terps went on a tear to kick off the game against England, notching ten goals in the first half en route to a 16-3 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Karri Ellen Johnson shined for Maryland in her first action in College Park, tallying five goals and an assist to lead the Maryland attack.
Brandi Jones added a pair of scores and three assists while Alex Mavris and Karissa Taylor each scored twice.
Freshman Mary Jordan surrendered only three goals in her first action and tallied three saves.
Caitlyn McFadden, Brittany Jones, Alexcia Niumatalolo, Abby Caso and Helen McCutcheon all found their way on the scoreboard as well, scoring a goal apiece.
Maryland won the draw control battle 13-5, while out-shooting England, 31-10.
TERPS IN THE NEWS
No Shell Shock Here - Inside Lacrosse (Feb. 18, 2009)
Give and Go: Caitlyn McFadden - Lacrosse Magazine (Feb., 2009)
These Terps are friends, foes alike - Baltimore Sun (March 3, 2009)
WMUC ON THE CALL
Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at www.wmucsports.com.