March 8, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
MARYLAND FACES `CUSE THEN SEEKS ACC REGULAR SEASON CROWN ON TUESDAY
The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team begins its second week of play in the 2001 season with games against the Syracuse Orangewomen and the Virginia Cavaliers.
Maryland will take on 10th-ranked Syracuse in a non-conference matchup at Ludwig Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Syracuse opened its 2001 season with a 12-10 loss to Virginia on March 3rd at the Carrier Dome.
Those same Cavaliers will play host to the Terrapins on Tuesday, March 13 in Chalottesville, Va. With a win over Virginia, the No. 8 team in the latest IWLCA poll, Maryland can lay claim to its third regular season conference crown in five years.
The Terps got their season off on the right foot a week ago as they won a pair of critical Atlantic Coast Conference games in College Park.
On Friday, the top-ranked Terrapins took care of the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils, 18-11. They did so behind a potent offensive attack and strong play from its first-year goalkeeper, Alexis Venechanos. In that first game, senior star Jen Adams got off on the right foot in her quest to break the NCAA points record as she tied a career high with six assists and had 10 points to lead the team.
On Sunday, the Terps overcame a cold and rainy day, a 5-2 deficit and a game North Carolina team to open their season with a 2-0 overall and ACC record. Adams and Venechanos were again the stories of the day, but in different ways. Adams virtually carried Maryland to victory with her five-goal performance and in doing so became the school's all-time leader with 188 career goals. Venechanos, on the other hand, got off to a slow start but closed the game with six second half saves, the final coming with 0:15 on the clock to preserve the 8-7 win.
The Syracuse game is Honor Roll Night as honor students get in free. In addition, YMCA and 4-H Club members can get tickets at the discounted rate of $2.
TERPS FAVORITE TO REPEAT
- Maryland entered the 2001 season as the favorite to repeat -- for the sixth consecutive time -- as NCAA champion. The Terrapins have held the number one spot in each of the first two IWLCA polls and were picked by several publications in the preseason to repeat as champ. Among the publications picking the Terps are College Lacrosse USA, Inside Lacrosse, LaxPower and Sports Illustrated for Women.
- The Terrapins entered this season having won six straight national titles. Last year, Maryland won its final 20 games and defeated Princeton in the NCAA Finals, 16-8, to claim the crown. The 2001 season marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Maryland's first women's lacrosse championship (the 1981 AIAW championship) and a repeat performance this year would mark the 10th title in school history.
- Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 23 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.
HEAD COACH CINDY TIMCHAL
- Head coach Cindy Timchal is in her 11th season at the helm of the Maryland women's lacrosse program. In her 10-plus years, she has established one of the most dominant teams in all of collegiate athletics as the Terrapins are 171-12 (.934), have earned 10 NCAA Tournament bids and have taken the crown seven times.
- Timchal was selected last year as the IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year as well as Co-ACC Coach of the Year. She has been chosen as National Coach of the Year twice and has coached 36 Terrapins to All-American status.
- From the time of her arrival, Timchal has lost no more than three games in any one season, including a spectacular 21-0 season in 1999. She has led the Terps to the Final Four every year since her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable nine of the last 10 years. This year, Maryland will contend for an unprecedented seventh straight national title.
- Now in her 20th season of coaching collegiate athletics overall, Timchal got her start at Northwestern where she led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament five times in nine years. Her overall record (Maryland and Northwestern) currently stands at 247-52.
- Timchal is assisted by Gary Gait and Cathy Nelson. Gait is one of the most innovative minds in all of lacrosse coaching and widely held as one of the sports greatest players of all time. A 1991 graduate of Syracuse and three-time All-American, he still plays professionally and on the World Cup circuit. Nelson was an outstanding player in her own right as she was a two-time All-American at Maryland and the tournament MVP in the Terps' run to the 1998 national title.
Timchal's Year-by-Year at Maryland 1991 NCAA Runners-up 14-3 1992 NCAA Champions 14-1 1993 NCAA Semifinalists 12-2 1994 NCAA Runners-Up 13-1 1995 NCAA Champions 17-0 1996 NCAA Champions 19-0 1997 NCAA Champions 21-1 1998 NCAA Champions 18-3 1990 NCAA Champions 21-0 2000 NCAA Champions 21-1 2001 2-0 10+ Seasons at Maryland 171-12 (.934)
ADAMS SETS RECORD
- With her five goals versus North Carolina on March 4, senior Jen Adams became the University of Maryland's all-time leading goal scorer with 188. That total surpassed the 187 of Kelly Amonte who played from 1993-96.
- In addition to her setting the record against UNC, she almost set a personal record against Duke two days previous. Against the Blue Devils, Adams had four goals and a career-high tying six assists. The 10 points tied her total in the 2000 NCAA Championship game, fell just one shy of her personal best of 11 set in 1999 and got her off to a flying start in the NCAA record books.
- Adams entered the 2001 season as the favorite to claim Player of the Year honors for the third straight year, as well as her third year as an All-American. Adams has been selected as the favorite for Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women, and she earned preseason first team All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse, College Lacrosse USA and LaxPower.
- Adams finished the 2000 season as the NCAA's Division I leader in points per game (6.18), goals (81) and assists (55). Her totals for points (136), assists and goals were all single season records at Maryland and put her in good shape to own the school's career records in all three categories.
- At the current time, Adams needs nine assists and eight points to become the all-time leader in all three career statistical categories (points, goals, assists) at Maryland. In all three instances, she would be breaking the records of former Terrapin great Kelly Amonte.
- Adams is also within striking distance of moving to the top of the NCAA record books. She will not likely set the record for goals, but could move into the Top 5 with a season similar to last. The assist record will fall when she breaks Amonte's Maryland assist record (132) and she needs 109 points to become the NCAA's all-time points leader.
- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000.
- A pair of Terrapin stars carried impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which are still alive and date back to their freshman seasons.
- Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 58 games. Adams began her streak on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win over Vanderbilt.
- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 52-game scoring streak. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against North Carolina in the ACC semifinals.
WORLD CUP TERPS
- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.
- Australians Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs have already made their country's team and will play at the tournament in High Wycombe, England.
- Quinn Carney is the lone Terp on this year's team with a shot at playing for the US Team. She is currently a member of the US "Elite Squad," from which 16 players will be chosen. In addition to Carney, nine other former Maryland players are on the "Elite" team and have a chance of making the team.
- Three members of this year's Terp team have been nominated for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.
- Among the 15 women nominated for this year's award are Terrapins Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito.
- With her two points against UNC, Quinn Carney hit the 200-point plateau for her career. With her goal or assist, teammate Allison Comito will match that achievement for her career as well.
SCOUTING THE ORANGEWOMEN
- Syracuse comes to College Park 0-1 after falling to Virginia at home in its first game of the season. The Orangewomen are ranked 10th in the latest IWLCA poll and finished 12-4 a year ago.
- The Orangewomen are led by fourth-year head coach Lisa Miller (William & Mary, `87). Miller has run up a 33-13 record in her first three-plus years at Syracuse.
- `Cuse returns nine starters from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA tournament. In its 12-10 loss to Virginia, senior Katrina Hable and junior Carrie Soults led the way as they each posted a hat trick.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 3-0. The two teams have met in each of the last three seasons with Maryland outscoring the Orange during that stretch, 63-26.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
- The Terps' first road game of the season will be at Virginia on Tuesday. The No. 8 Cavaliers are 2-1 (through March 8) and will face Richmond at home on the 10th. The game will mark UVa's first regular season ACC game while it will signify the last for the Terps.
- Head coach Julie Myers (Virginia, `90) has run up a 75-24 record in her five-plus years in Charlottesville.
- Virginia's two wins this year have come against Syracuse (12-10) and Old Dominion (14-9) while their lone loss came in their season opener to William & Mary (13-10).
- The Cavaliers' leading points person this year has been Mills Hook who leads the team with seven. For her career, Hook trails only Jamie Haas' 135 points among current Cavs.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 24-7. The Terrapins have won each of the last 10 meetings while Virginia put up one of its best fights in years in last season's ACC Tournament, an 8-6 Terp win.
- The captains of this year's Maryland team are seniors Jen Adams and Tori Wellington. The pair were chosen after a vote was conducted by their teammates as representatives of this year's squad.
- This season will mark the 20-year anniversary of Maryland's first-ever national championship. That title came in 1981 as Maryland won the AIAW national championship with a 12-3 record. (The AIAW was the forerunner to the NCAA for competition in women's collegiate athletics.)
- The 1981 team was coached by Sue Tyler who spent 16 seasons with the Terps, compiling an impressive 195-61-3 record with two national titles.