April 1, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After a tight win over Towson Wednesday, No. 2 Maryland preps for its toughest road swing of the season, beginning with a match at No. 6 Penn Friday. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and will be televised live on Comcast Mid-Atlantic in the Philadelphia area.
Following Friday's match, which features two of the four teams in last season's NCAA semifinals, Maryland (11-0, 3-0 ACC) travels to No. 17 Princeton for a midweek tilt with the Tigers before continuing its grueling conference slate with a rematch of the 2009 NCAA semifinals at North Carolina next Saturday.
Maryland stormed back from an 8-3 first half deficit to defeat No. 7 Towson, 12-10, on Wednesday night. Sarah Mollison tallied six points on four goals and a pair of assists to lead the Terps' second half charge.
Penn heads into Friday's match with an 8-1 record. Its only smudge this season came against North Carolina, with an 11-6 loss to the Tar Heels in early March. The last meeting between the two storied programs came in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007, with the Quakers knocking Maryland out of the tournament. The Terps lead the all-time series, 13-2. The two programs have not met in the regular season since 1993.
A live radio broadcast of Friday's contest will be available by clicking on the link above or by logging on to www.wmucsports.com.
SIMPLY THE BEST - MARYLAND WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times, a number that tops any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 22nd NCAA appearance in 2009.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (54) and has the most wins with a 39-16 record.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is four more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first five national titles the last five 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.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and has appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2010 season, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 516 and also boast the top winning percentage (.806).
Despite winning the ACC championship and going a spectacular 21-1, including an undefeated record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, the Terps, which return every starter from last season, have some unfinished business to take care of --- bringing the national championship back to College Park.
It had been five seemingly long seasons since the esteemed Maryland women's lacrosse program had advanced to the final four, but the wait finally ended in 2009 as the Terps landed in Towson for national semifinals.
This year's Terps are a year older and a year wiser -- boasting a total of ten upperclassmen in their starting lineup -- and the goal has never been clearer.
TERPS RALLY PAST INTRASTATE-RIVAL No. 7 TOWSON
No. 2 Maryland rallied from a five-goal first half deficit to drop intrastate rival No. 7 Towson, 12-10, Wednesday night.
Sarah Mollison led the Terps' late charge with three of Maryland's eight scores in the second stanza while the defense held Towson to a mere two goals in the final 38:22. Mollison finished the evening with a game-high four goals and six points, followed by Caitlyn McFadden, who tallied a pair of goals and dished out three assists. Young Terp standouts freshman Katie Schwarzmann and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson added two goals apiece.
Terp goalie Mary Jordan entered the match midway through the first half and tallied four saves while surrendering only three goals to earn her second-straight win. Maryland held its opponent to ten or fewer goals for the 10th time in 2010.
Maryland has now defeated five top-ten ranked opponents this season.
FH & LAX COMPLEX FINALE
Maryland, which began the season with a snow-filled opener at the football field turf, went 6-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex this season and concluded its home venue slate against Towson on Wednesday.
The Terps, who play host to the 2010 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Ludwig Field, will switch locations for its final home game prior to the championships versus Virginia Tech April 17 and will remain there for the final two home games following ACCs.
The field turf at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex will be getting a makeover after sustaining some damage following the series of blizzards in College Park this winter.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
No. 6 Penn is 8-1 heading into Friday's televised match.
The Quakers lone loss this season came against North Carolina in early March. Penn dropped Cornell, 15-6, Sunday in its last outing. Ali DeLuca accounted for five of Penn's 15 goals in the contest as the Quakers rallied for 12 second-half goals to seal its eighth win of 2010.
DeLuca is tops on the squad in goals (26), points (33), draw controls (18) and ground balls (18).
The Terps lead the all-time series against Penn, 13-2, but have not faced the Quakers since the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals in 2007. Maryland has not had Penn on its regular-season schedule since 1993.
May 19, 2007 - Maryland 7, Penn 9 (NCAA Quarters)
April 25, 1993 - Penn 6, Maryland 15
April 25, 1992 - Penn 6, Maryland 17
April 28, 1991 - Penn 1, Maryland 17
April 28, 1990 - Penn 6, Maryland 14
1989 - Penn 3, Maryland 7
April 30, 1988 - Penn 7, Maryland 13
May 2, 1987 - Penn 8, Maryland 9 (2ot)
May 3, 1986 - Penn 6, Maryland 16
April 22, 1985 - Penn 1, Maryland 8
April 24, 1984 - Penn 3, Maryland 6
March 24, 1983 - Maryland 4, Penn 5
May 14, 1982 - Penn 5, Maryland 7 (AIAW national semifinals)
March 25, 1982 - Penn 6, Maryland 9
May 10, 1980 - Penn 4, Maryland 5
Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden, Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
McFadden's 34-game point scoring streak ranks 13th in the nation, while Johnson and Mollison's 32-game version is tied for 15th. Johnson also boasts the ninth-longest goal scoring streak after scoring in all 32 games she has appeared in as a Terp.
McFadden is currently second among active leaders in career assists (93) and fifth in points (216).
SCHWARZMANN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending March 28, announced Monday.
Schwarzmann tallied five goals and six points in a pair of wins over ranked opponents on the week to move No. 2 Maryland to a perfect 10-0 in 2010. Schwarzmann was also named Rookie of the Week by Womenslax.com and Womenslacrosse.com.
SCHWARZMANN PACES TERPS AT JAMES MADISON
Freshman Katie Schwarzmann scored the most important goal of her young collegiate career Saturday when she nailed the game-winner with 5:56 remaining to lift No. 2 Maryland over No. 20 James Madison, 8-7.
Schwarzmann's third goal of the match came via an assist from Brandi Jones who joined the freshman with a team-high three points on the day. Sarah Mollison, Caitlyn McFadden, Karri Ellen Johnson, and Kristy Black also tallied a goal to move Maryland to 10-0 on the year.
Terp Goalie Mary Jordan held the Dukes to only two goals in the second half and picked up three saves to pick her first win of 2010. The Terps outshot their opponent for the tenth time this season and forced James Madison into eight second-half turnovers.
MARYLAND ROUTS No. 8 STANFORD, 20-8
Ten different Terps scored Thursday to lift the No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 8 Stanford, 20-8.
Of the ten Maryland goal scorers, seven were multiple offenders, led by four from Karri Ellen Johnson and three from Laura Merrifield. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also tallied a game-high seven draw controls, the majority of which led to Maryland goals.
Maryland has outscored the four top-ten foes it has faced by a total of 68-28. The Terps outshot its West Coast opponent, 43-16, to move to a perfect 4-0 against Stanford all-time.
TERPS SLIDE PAST BOSTON COLLEGE
No. 2 Maryland slid past a previously undefeated Boston College team Saturday, 7-6, to gain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite being held to its lowest scoring output of the year, the Maryland defense allowed BC a mere nine shots in the match and caused 14 Eagle turnovers. Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson led the Terrapin attack with two goals apiece. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also caused three turnovers and had a team-best four draw controls.
JOHNSON LEADS TERPS PAST NO. 7 GEORGETOWN
Sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson netted five scores and No. 2 Maryland put up 20 goals for the second consecutive game as the Terps ran away with a 20-11 win against No. 7 Georgetown.
Three of Johnson's five goals came in the opening minutes of the second stanza to provide Maryland some breathing room and a six-goal cushion after an even-played first half.
The Terrapin defense stepped up the intensity in the second half, allowing only five Hoya goals in the period. Maryland trumped Georgetown 23-10 in the draw control category, led by five from junior Brandi Jones.
TERPS TRAMPLE No. 15 NEW HAMPSHIRE, 20-6
No. 2 Maryland amassed 49 shots on its way to a 20-6 thrashing of No. 15 New Hampshire Saturday at a wet Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland outshot the Wildcats 49-15 and forced UNH into 22 turnovers in the match. Tewaaraton nominees Karri Ellen Johnson and Sarah Mollison led the offensive explosion with four goals apiece as a total of 10 Terps notched scores on the day.
Defensively, Maryland held its opponent to single-digit scores for the sixth consecutive time in 2010. Brittany Poist picked up a game-high four groundballs and added a pair of caused turnovers. Amanda Spinnenweber, Brandi Jones, Kate Faas and Sarah Matz all tallied two goals each to aid the Maryland offense.
MARYLAND CRUISES PAST GEORGE MASON, 16-4
No. 2 Maryland used a ferocious 10-0 run to begin the first half en route to a 16-4 defeat of George Mason on the road in women's lacrosse action.
Maryland was able to employ the majority of its bench Tuesday as 28 Terps landed on the box score. Nine different players scored with Caitlyn McFadden leading the charge with a hat trick and four assists for a season-high seven points.
The Terps outscored Mason 5-2 in the second period and held a significant 14-7 shot advantage in the period. A swarming Maryland defense forced Mason into 11 turnovers in the second half alone while the Patriots were successful on a mere 10-of-18 clear attempts on the match.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Alex Aust, Amanda Spinnenweber, Brandi Jones and Katie Schwarzmann each notched two goals apiece.
George Mason's Megan Udovich finally stymied Maryland's defense with a goal with 2:33 remaining in the first half to stop Maryland's streak of 67 consecutive minutes without surrendering a goal.
Maryland, which is allowing a mere seven goals per game this season, held No. 9 Virginia scoreless the final 39:43 of last Friday's match before preventing Mason from seeing the back of the net for 27:27 to begin Tuesday's game in Fairfax.
THE 200-POINT CLUB
With seven points against George Mason, senior Caitlyn McFadden joined Maryland's prestigious 200-point club for her career.
The four-year starter is two -points shy of cracking the top-ten list. Former Maryland great Jen Adams leads the way with 445 career points, the most in NCAA women's lacrosse history. Maryland assistant coach Quinn Carney is fourth with 272, while head coach Cathy Reese is 11th with 217.
MARYLAND DROPS VIRGINIA, 11-5
The No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team held No. 9 Virginia scoreless in the second half on its way to an 11-5 defeat of the Cavaliers.
After the two perennial powerhouses battled to a 6-5 Maryland advantage through the first 30 minutes of play, the Terps held the Cavs to a mere three shots in the second stanza.
Karri Ellen Johnson ended the day a match-high four goals while adding an assist, two caused turnovers, a draw control and a ground ball. Sarah Mollison also tallied five points on two goals and three assists.
Maryland held a decisive shot advantage, 33-11, and kept an opponent from reaching a double-digit goal output for the fourth consecutive time this season.
MARYLAND LANDS FOUR ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Maryland boasted four players on the 2010 Tewaaraton Award "Watch List", announced Friday by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Seniors Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor, junior Sarah Mollison and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson represent the Terps on this year's list.
McFadden, who was a finalist for the Tewaaraton in 2009, returns for her second year as a captain for Maryland this season. The Phoenix, Md., native is the top returning midfielder in the nation in 2010 after being tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year as a junior.
Taylor joins McFadden as a second-year captain for head coach Cathy Reese. The defender from Easton, Md., racked up All-America honors last season while helping guide a youth-laden Maryland squad all the way to the NCAA semifinals.
Mollison returns for her junior campaign after leading the Terps in assists last season. The Melbourne, Australia, product was named to the watch list along with Johnson in 2009. Mollison is one of Maryland's five returning All-Americans in 2010.
Johnson will make a run at the Tewaaraton for the second time in her short but illustrious career. The sophomore boasted the top freshman season in Maryland women's lacrosse history a year ago, tallying 74 goals, the third-highest mark in single-season program annals.
TERPS RALLY TO DEFEAT NO. 18 PENN STATE
Caitlyn McFadden scored six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team rallied from an early first-half deficit to drop No. 18 Penn State, 17-9.
Maryland opened the second stanza with 11 unanswered goals, beginning with a Laura Merrifield unassisted score with a mere nine seconds elapsed in the period. McFadden, Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year, knotted up the score with a pair of goals and Brandi Jones found the back of the net to give Maryland the lead with 27:01 remaining in the contest.
Defensively, Maryland put on a clinic in the second half, allowing only three goals from a Nittany Lion offense that came into the match averaging more than ten goals per contest. Senior Katie Gallagher picked up a game-high three caused turnovers and sophomore Brittany Dipper notched her second win of the year with four saves in the cage.
TERPS DOMINATE DUKE, 17-4
Maryland benefited from a balanced scoring attack as the Terps toppled Duke, 17-4, on the road.
Maryland picked up hat tricks from Katie Schwarzmann, Amanda Spinnenweber and Sarah Mollison as a total of nine players scored on the day, five of whom put up multi-goal showings.
The Terps have now scored 17 goals in all three of their wins in 2010. Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC), who was also averaging 17 scores per contest, was held to a season-low four goals in its conference opener. Maryland outshot the Blue Devils 32-19 for the match.
In addition to notching three goals, Mollison added a pair of assists and a game-high five draw controls. Schwarzmann put together the most complete game of her young career at Maryland, tacking an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TERPS WIN SEASON OPENER
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece en route to a win against Richmond, 17-7, in the Terps' season opener.
Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.
Sophomore Brittany Dipper was the keeper of record after making six saves in the match. The Terps were a stellar 10-for-10 in clears. Laura Merrifield had a team-high three caused turnovers as Brittany Poist scooped up three of Maryland's 19 ground balls on the day.
Maryland is now 17-0 all-time against Richmond.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
Maryland crushed No. 5 Duke, 17-4, last Saturday to capture its biggest win over the Blue Devils in program history.
The 13-goal differential was the highest in Maryland women's lacrosse history against rival-Duke.
Prior to this year's match in Durham, the Terps' largest defeat of the Blue Devils came early in the rivalry series with back-to-back wins against Duke in 1996 and 1997. Maryland won each of those matches by 11 scores.
SCHWARZMANN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
It didn't take long for the accolades to start pouring in for rookie sensation Katie Schwarzmann.
The midfielder was tabbed WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week after helping lead the Terps to a win of historic proportions Saturday against fifth-ranked Duke. Maryland dropped the Blue Devils in Durham by 13 goals, the largest margin of victory against Duke in program history.
The freshman from Century High School tacked an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TAYLOR TABBED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Karissa Taylor garnered WomensLacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week honors after Maryland dismantled No. 5 Duke on the road.
Taylor played a vital part in Maryland's monumental 13-goal defeat of Duke, scooping up five ground balls, causing three turnovers and adding a pair of draw controls to help hold the Blue Devils to four scores, its lowest goal production since 2005.
Historically, Maryland presents one of the most aggressive offenses in the nation, and this season is no different.
Maryland is averaging a hefty ACC-best 34.5 shots per game while surrendering only 16.5.
Karri Ellen Johnson and Caitlyn McFadden lead the way in shots with 66 and 65, respectively.
MCFADDEN SNAGS ACC POW HONOR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, February 22.
McFadden lifted the second-ranked Terps to their first road win of the 2010 campaign at No. 18 Penn State Sunday. The senior from Phoenix, Md., tallied six goals, including four in the second stanza, to help Maryland erase a three-goal, first-half deficit against the Nittany Lions. McFadden added an assist and also tallied three draw controls to lead the Terps to a 2-0 record on the year.
McFadden is among the NCAA Division I active leaders in points and assists.
Maryland, which has consistently been ranked No. 2 by both major polls since the beginning of last season, has earned first-place votes for the fourth consecutive week.
Northwestern has held on to the top spot the majority of the time since 2005, as the Wildcats have boasted five-straight national championships. The last time Maryland totaled multiple first-place votes was at the beginning of the 2002 season after winning the national title in 2001.
The Terps garnered one first-place vote in the latest Inside Lacrosse poll and two in IWLCA's version.
MCFADDEN NAMED NATIONAL PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason National Player of the Year, as announced by the publication.
McFadden, who helped guide the U. S. to a gold medal in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer, was tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year last season along with a clean sweep of every ACC honor, including Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ended the 2009 campaign with 54 goals, 31 assists and 37 draw controls. The Phoenix, Md., native has started in every match since her arrival to College Park in 2007 and is one-goal shy of 100 career goals as a Terp.
Maryland spread around its scoring in its home opener as four different players notched hat tricks on the day.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece.
In total, nine Terps scored goals against Richmond, including Danielle Kirk and Katie Schwarzmann, who notched their first collegiate scores at Maryland.
A total of six Terps garnered regional All-American status last season with five moving on to earn national honors -- all return for Maryland this season.
Regionally, Caitlyn McFadden, Karissa Taylor, Sarah Mollison, Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson all landed on the first team while Laura Merrifield racked up regional second team honors.
The first team honorees advanced to national voting where McFadden and Johnson were each tabbed to the first team. Mollison and Brandi Jones landed on the second team and Taylor earned third-team accolades.
McFadden was also named IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
SUMMER FUN IN PRAGUE
A total of 16 current and former Terps competed for their respective countries in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer.
Included in that mix are current Maryland standouts Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison.
McFadden helped guide the U.S. to the gold medal, topping Mollison and Team Australia in the finals. Merrifield led her native England to the semifinals before bowing out to the U.S.
SCHWARZMANN EARNS LOFTY HONOR
Maryland freshman Katie Schwarzmann has been tabbed "Athlete of the Decade" by the Carroll County Times.
A three-sport standout, excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, Schwarzmann was named first-team All-Decade in all three sports.
Possibly the finest sister combination in the country, Brittany and Brandi Jones team up once again this season in the Maryland midfield.
Brandi took her game to a new level in 2009, being tabbed an All-American and All-ACC after racking up 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore for the ACC champion Terrapins.
Brittany had a breakout season in 2009 notching career-highs in goals (33), assists (8), points (41), and draw controls (23). She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals and adding two draw controls in Maryland's run to the title.
In 2010, Brandi has racked up 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists while Brittany has eight goals and two assists on the year.
Maryland, compliments of a 19-0 record, racked up its eighth undefeated regular season following a win against Princeton, 20-12, on May 2, 2009.
The unblemished record was the first for Maryland since 2001, when it last one the national championship.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 34-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps 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 174-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 11 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
BRING ON THE BEST
The Terps are not afraid to challenge the top teams in the nation and have lined up 10 top-25 squads, including six in the top 10, in their 2010 slate.
Maryland have or will square off against No. 3 Penn, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Virginia, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 Dartmouth, No. 17 Towson and No. 18 Penn State this season. (according to IWLCA Top 25 Poll)
TERPS TAB CAPTAINS
Sarah Mollison will join two-time captains Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor as captains for the defending ACC champions.
McFadden, who was tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, gathered a slew of awards last season, including a sweep of every conference award and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
Spinnenweber started in every match except one in 2009, tallying career-highs in goals (26), assists (9), points (35), draw controls (22), caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (16).
Taylor picked up Third Team All-America honors last season while guiding the Terrapin defense to a 9.11 GAA. She also contributed offensively during her junior campaign, registering 10 goals and four assists.
Mollison, a junior, started in every match for Maryland's attack in 2009, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 38 assists for the ACC champion Terps.
ACC Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the second half to lift the Terps to its first title since 2003 as top-seeded Maryland downed Duke, 12-11, to win the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Thompson Field on the campus of Virginia Tech.
McFadden was named tournament MVP while teammates Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Brittany Jones and Karissa Taylor all landed on the all-tournament team.
MD WLAX SWEEPS ACC AWARDS
Caitlyn McFadden headlined the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist was recognized alongside freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
McFadden helped make it three-in-a-row for Maryland as Dana Dobbie won the coveted Player of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008. She was also named ACC Tournament MVP and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Johnson secured Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous freshman campaign in which she tallied team-highs in goals (70) and draw controls (669).
HALL OF FAME COACHES
Over the offseason, both head coach Cathy Reese and assistant coach Quinn Carney were awarded the prestigious honor of being named to various Hall of Fames.
Carney was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame while Reese landed in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January.
WMUC ON THE CALL
Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at www.wmucsports.com.