March 15, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The ninth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team will begin a six-game road trip this week with a pair of games at George Mason and Dartmouth. The Terps and Patriots will play on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. for Maryland's third game in six days. The Terrapins will then travel to Hanover, N.H., on Saturday, March 19, for a noon game against No. 7 Dartmouth.
The Terps have won two straight after dominating performances against Brown and Denver.
Maryland is 2-1 on the road this season, with its lone loss coming in Charlottesville to then-No. 1 Virginia.
George Mason enters Wednesday's game with a 1-2 record. Dartmouth will enter Saturday's contest with the Terps at a perfect 2-0.
Maryland leads the all-time series with the Patriots 3-0, including last year's 13-9 win. The Big Green, coached by Maryland alum Amy Patton, have never defeated Maryland in 13 tries. However, Dartmouth has pushed the Terps in recent years. The Terps narrowly won last year's meeting, 11-8, and had a one-goal victory (12-11) at Dartmouth in 2001.
The Terps will face two of the top goalies in the country this week in GMU's Meg Dentler and third team All-American Devon Wills of Dartmouth. Dentler made 20 saves against Maryland in last year's meeting.
Fans can follow both games via the internet this week. The game against George Mason will be broadcast on the internet at www.wmucradio.com (and 88.1 FM in College Park). Against Dartmouth, GameTracker will be available at www.umterps.com (a link is provided on the women's lacrosse schedule) or athletics.dartmouth.edu.
Maryland is 0-2 this season against ranked opponents (then-No. 4 Duke and then-No. 1 Virginia). Eleven Terp opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA poll, including seven in the top 10.
A look ahead: Maryland will participate in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which is being played this year in Annapolis. The Terps will face Penn State, which scored a huge upset over Virginia, and Ohio State.
The Week That Was
Maryland went 2-1 last week, falling on the road at then-No. 1 Virginia and picking up home wins against Brown and Denver.
The Terps stayed with the `Hoos for most of the first half, but Virginia went on a late first half run to take control of the game on its way to a 15-8 win. Jessica Dorney paced Maryland with a hat trick and an assist for four points. Kirah Miles played solid in goal making 11 saves. Sophomores Meghan Higgins and Martha Raver made their first career starts against the `Hoos.
Acacia Walker notched a career-high seven points (5g, 2a) as Maryland scored 14 second half goals on its way to a 20-7 win over Brown in College Park. Nine different players scored goals for Maryland -- including four from Delia Cox -- and 11 tallied at least one point. It was the second straight year that Maryland scored 20 goals against the Bears.
Brooke Richards continued her strong play against Denver scoring six points on four goals and two assists in a 15-3 win over the Pioneers. Dorney added a hat trick and Annie Collins and Katie Doolittle each contribued a goal and two assists in the victory. Eight Terrapins recorded multi-point games. Miles was solid in goal for the Terps, holding Denver scoreless for nearly 45 minutes. She made six saves on the game, including two on free-position shots. The Terps were able to force 15 of the Pioneers' 25 turnovers, and committed just 13 of their own.
In Maryland's four victories, opponents have not scored more than seven goals. In fact, Terp opponents are averaging just 5.5 goals per game in Maryland victories.
However, in the two Terrapin losses, Maryland has given up an average of 12.5 goals.
Offensively, Maryland is averaging 15.5 goals per game in its four victories, but just 7.5 in its losses.
Dating back to last season, the Terps are 0-6 when failing to score double-digits.
Been There Done That
Maryland's 2-2 record after four games is exactly where it stood a season ago. The Terps lost to exactly the same two teams -- Duke and Virginia -- in both years.
Last season, the Terps went on to win 10 straight. Maryland is already on a two-game winning streak this season.
Brooke Breaking Out
Junior attacker Brooke Richards is on pace to have one of her strongest seasons as a Terrapin.
In just six games, the Annapolis, Md., native has 17 points (8g, 9a). Her career bests (set last season) are: 21 pts (12g, 9a).
Richards had a career day against Denver (3/14) scoring four goals and adding two assists for six points.
A Tale Of Two Halves
Whether it be a slow start and a hot finish, or a quick start before cooling off, the Terps have been completely different teams in halves of the same games this season.
Against Duke and Old Dominion, Maryland managed just one goal first half goal in each game. However, the Terps outscored their opponents 18-7 in the final 30 minutes. Maryland had just six goals against Brown before exploding for 14 goals in the second frame.
Against Richmond, Maryland raced out and scored 10 goals in the first half, but managed just four goals the rest of the way.
On the year, Maryland is outscoring opponents 50-23 in the second half.
Junior Delia Cox is just six goals shy of her 100th career goal.
Cox, who has 11 goals this season, scored 36 as a freshman and 47 last season.
Acacia Walker is also nearing the 100-goal mark for her career. Walker, who leads the team in goals with 16 this season, has 89 career goals.
Just 23 players have scored 100 career goals at Maryland.
Scouting George Mason
George Mason enters Wednesday's contest with a record of 1-2 on the year. The Patriots lost matchups to ACC schools North Carolina and Virginia Tech before defeating George Washington last Thursday.
The Patriots return nine starters from last year's 7-10 team that finished the season ranked 19th in the country by the IWLCA.
Kristy Manas, who led George Mason in scoring last season with 24 goals and 16 assists, returns this season. She has one goal and two assists in three games this season.
Freshman Laura King leads the Patriots with six goals on the year.
Meg Dentler returns as GMU's goalie this season. Dentler is allowing a goals-against average of just 9.00 and has made 34 saves. Last season, Dentler was spectacular against Maryland making 20 saves.
GMU is coached by Amy Umbach, who is in her eighth season as head coach of the Patriots. She has a record of 55-62 at GMU.