March 4, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 1998 defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team returns home to host the Duke Blue Devils on Fri., March 5, and the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sun., March 7. Not only do the two games mark the home-opener for the Terps, they are also key ACC matchups for the Terps. Duke opened its season with a 14-3 defeat against Hofstra on March 2, while North Carolina fell to James Madison, 8-7 in overtime, also on Tuesday.
Duke's Tricia Martin posted four goals and added three assists in the Blue Devil win and goalkeeper Shannon Chaney, playing in only 30 minutes of the contest, posted three saves while allowing two goals.
Duke finished the 1998 season with a 10-7 record, losing to Temple 17-11 in the NCAA first round. North Carolina enters its 1999 season following a 15-3 record in 1998. The Tar Heels advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Terrapins, 14-9. Duke returns 11 starters from a year ago while the Tar Heels welcome back 10 starters.
ADAMS AND SOMMAR LEAD TERPS PAST PENN STATE
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) scored four goals and added one assist and junior Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) totaled three goals and two assists to lead the preseason top-ranked Terrapins to a 12-8 win against ninth-ranked Penn State in State College, Pa. Terrapin junior Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) chipped in three goals, as well, to help pace the Terrapin offensive attack. The Terps rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes before the Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard. The Lions scored the next four goals and got as close as 7-6 before Sommar's second goal 25 seconds before the half created an 8-6 advantage. A pair of goals by Adams wrapped around another score by Sommar pushed the Maryland lead to 11-6. Penn State added two more goals and Jenkins added another for Maryland to complete the scoring. In goal, Maryland junior Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) posted 17 saves.
HEAD COACH CINDY TIMCHAL
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal (West Chester '76) is in her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin women's lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall. The Pennsylvania native has guided Maryland to five national championship titles, the inaugural ACC title in 1997, and eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She has posted a 128-11 record at Maryland, and a 204-51 (.800) overall record which ranks her ninth among all-time coaches in winning percentage. Timchal guided the Maryland women's lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the school's record fourth consecutive national championship. Timchal owns an 3-1 record against the Blue Devils, and a 3-2 record against North Carolina.
THEY FIND A WAY TO WIN
Maryland is the country's all-time winningest program. The Terps own a 329-80-3 record and have posted an all-time winning percentage of .802. The Terps also own the longest current winning streak in Division I men's and women's lacrosse--a 50-game win streak which dated back to March 9, 1995, and extended itself to April 22, 1997.
THE TERPS IN SEASON OPENERS
Maryland owns a 20-6 record in its season- openers following its 12-8 win against Penn State on Tuesday. The Terps dropped a 10-6 decision to Duke in last season's regular-season opener. It marked the first time since 1989 that a Maryland team had lost its season opener.
TERPS OUTLAST U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins and sophomore attack Jen Adams each scored four goals and junior Kristin Sommar added three goals to lead the preseason No. 1-ranked Terrapins to a 15-12 victory against the U.S. National Team last Friday. Adams also added a team-high four assists. The U.S. team, playing without the services of four-time All-American and former Terp Kelly Amonte, jumped out to the early lead and held a 7-5 advantage at half. However, Jenkins would notch two second-half goals and Adams would record two assists to preserve the Maryland win. Junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe posted 13 saves in 60 minutes.
GOING THE DISTANCE
In Tuesday's game against the Penn State, eight Maryland starters played the entire 60 minutes, including sophomores Jen Adams, Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) and Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) and juniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, Kerri Mulligan (Marshfield, Mass.), Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Kristin Sommar.
Freshmen Courtney Hobbs (West Lakes, South Australia) and Meghan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) played a combined total of 26 minutes in Tuesday's game at Penn State.
THE NEW NEWMARCH
Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney has now taken the center circle, replacing departed senior Sascha Newmarch. Against Penn State, Carney controlled two draws by herself and helped guide the Terps to a 13-9 draw control advantage.
Several Maryland players earned their first starts of their career on Tuesday, including junior attack Kerri Mulligan. Other Terps who earned the starting nod were sophomores Allison Comito and Victoria Wellington (Chestnut Hill, Mass.),
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, who earned All-America honors last season, will continue to hold the reins as the Terrapins' confident commander. Kahoe, a co-captain this year, has been the backbone of the Terrapin defense the past two seasons, and enters her junior season as one of the top players in the NCAA ranks. The Pennsylvania native established a new school record last year for saves with 269, surpassing the old school record of 233 which she set her freshman year. An NCAA all-tournament team selection last year, and this year's Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, Kahoe totaled a career-high 21 saves against Virginia in last year's NCAA championship game, five shy of the tournament record.
KAHOE VS. THE NITTANY LIONS
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe charted 17 saves in Tuesday's 12-8 win against Penn State. She allowed eight goals in 60 minutes played.
MARYLAND'S OWN NATIONAL TEAM
Maryland junior midfielders Kristin Sommar and Christie Jenkins are two of the 13 Maryland players listed on the U.S. National team's roster. Other Terps playing for the Red, White and Blue include Kelly Amonte, Erin Brown, Liz Downing, Dana Gwaltney, Laura Harmon Schuman, Theresa Ingram, Cathy Nelson, Maureen Scott, Michele Uhlfedler and Jessica Wilk.
CAN IT GET ANY TOUGHER
Maryland faces 13 of the top 20 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll. After facing ninth-ranked Penn State, Maryland welcomes seventh-ranked Duke and second-ranked North Carolina.
TOP 20 ON THE ROAD
Maryland plays six of the top-20 ranked teams on the road, including third-ranked Virginia on Tues., March 16. The Maryland vs. Virginia matchup has been tabbed the ACC match of the year by College Lacrosse USA.
THE DRIVE FOR FIVE
Maryland welcomes back seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 1998 squad that posted an 18-3 record and captured the school's fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Gone from that team is three-time All-America midfielder Sascha Newmarch and two-time All-America attack Cathy Nelson. However, returning to the Terrapin lineup are junior All-Americans Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar. Kahoe and Jenkins earned co-captain honors. Joining the three All-Americans is junior Tonia Porras, a 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection and an honorable mention preseason All-American as selected by College Lacrosse USA.
THE SOPHOMORE CLASS
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal's corps of talented juniors will be assisted by a talented class of underclassmen, including 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection Jen Adams. Adams returns as the Terps' top returning scorer from 1998 (27g-17a-44 pts.). Joining Adams in the attack for Maryland are sophomores Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Meghan McNamara and Victoria Wellington. Carney is the Terps' second leading scorer of a year ago with 41 points. Sophomore Courtney Martinez joins Porras on the defensive wing, and Meg Carrington (Charlottesville, Va.), Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) and Kristin Crawford (Millersville, Md.) round out a talented sophomore class.
THE CLASS OF 2003
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal added to her talent-laden team with the addition of freshmen midfielders Courtney Hobbs, Meghan Kelly, Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) and Wendy VanNorden (Germantown, Md.). Freshman goalkeeper Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) looks to gain valuable experience playing behind junior All-American goalkeeper Alex Kahoe. At attack, freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) will see playing time and will combine with Jen Adams and Quinn Carney to form one of the most lethal offenses in the country.
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait (Syracuse '91) is in a league of his own when it comes to national championships. A former lacrosse player at Syracuse, Gait owns a piece of all of Maryland's last four national championships, and was a three-time national champion for the Orangemen. His 15 goals scored in the 1990 NCAA Tournament is a tournament record, and his nine goals against Navy in 1988 is also a NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.
ROAMING THE SIDELINES
Joining Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal and her assistant Gary Gait are three familiar faces in Maryland's women's lacrosse history. Sarah Forbes (Maryland '97), a three-time All-American, is in her first year as an assistant coach. Forbes ranks seventh all-time in assists (63) and 10th all-time in points (170) at Maryland. Her six assists against Brown in 1997 is also a Maryland single-game record.
The 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cathy Nelson (Maryland '98) returns to her alma mater as a student assistant coach. The second-leading scorer on last year's NCAA championship team, Nelson finished her stellar four-year career ranked fifth all-time on the Maryland career chart in total points with 217. Her 140 goals rank seventh all-time while her 77 assists are fifth all-time.
Helena Herrmann (Maryland '99) begins her first season as a student assistant coach after playing for the Terrapins in 1995 and 1998. Herrmann, a member of two of Maryland's national championship teams, earned the starting nod on defense last year and totaled a career-high three assists. In 1995, she scored a career-high two goals and added an assists.
COLLEGE LACROSSE HONORS
College Lacrosse USA has tabbed Maryland as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Selected to the preseason All-ACC team are juniors Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar in the midfield, sophomore Jen Adams on attack, junior Tonia Porras on defense, and junior Alex Kahoe in goal. Kahoe was also named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
The Maryland women's lacrosse team is featured on the cover of this month's US Lacrosse magazine. The team is pictured with the caption "One for the Thumb...Maryland Goes for Its Fifth Straight Ring."
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
Maryland owns an all-time .802 winning percentage which ranks them as the county's most winningest program.
Maryland is ranked preseason No. 1 by College Lacrosse USA.
Maryland has been tabbed the ACC preseason favorite by College Lacrosse USA.
Maryland returns three All-Americans from last year's national championship team -- Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe and Kristim Sommar.
Maryland won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, defeating Virginia, 11-5, in the championship game.
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is ranked fourth among all-time coaching leaders in total games won with 204.
Maryland returns seven starters from last year's 18-3 NCAA championship team.
Maryland has captured seven national titles -- 1981, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Maryland meets nine teams ranked in the College Lacrosse USA preseason poll-- North Carolina (2), Dartmouth (3), Virginia (4), Duke (5), Loyola (6), Princeton (7), Penn State (8), Georgetown (9) and Temple (10).
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal owns a .799 winning percentage which ranks her ninth among all-time coaching leaders.
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe posted 17 saves in Maryland's 12-8 win against Penn State on Tuesday.
Maryland has totaled an all-time record of 329-80-3.