April 24, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
After defeating Virginia for the second-straight season in the semifinals, No. 2 seed Maryland advances to the ACC Championship title game Sunday where it will face top-seeded North Carolina. Game time is at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field and will be televised live on FOX Sports South and CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Defending tournament champion Maryland (15-1) upended No. 3 seed Virginia in the semifinals Friday night in front of a Terp-friendly Ludwig Field crowd. Brandi Jones and Laura Merrifield led the Maryland attack with three goals each while a total of five different Terps accounted for the squad's 10 goals.
North Carolina routed rival-Duke, 14-4, in its semifinal matchup. UNC has won eight games in a row, including five consecutive victories against opponents ranked in the top five nationally. The Tar Heels are responsible for the only two blemishes on Maryland's record dating back to the beginning of the 2009 campaign. The last time Maryland hosted the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship in 2000, the Terps topped Virginia and then North Carolina for the crown.
Sunday's championship bout will be televised live on FOX Sports South, CSN Mid-Atlantic and FOX Sports Florida. The game will also be delayed on NESN (5:30 p.m.) and Sun Sports (April 26 at 7 p.m.). WMUC will also have the radio broadcast on 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).
TERPS ACC TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Maryland has won six of the 13 ACC Championships by taking titles in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2009. The Terps are 15-7 all-time including wins against then-defending champion Virginia in the semifinals and Duke in the championship game last season.
Virginia has won the three of the last four ACC Championships. Maryland and Virginia are the only two programs to boast three consecutive championships.
VIRGINIA FALLS VICTIM TO TERPS AGAIN
Laura Merrifield and Brandi Jones netted hat tricks as No. 2 seed Maryland advanced to the title game with a win over Virginia, 10-6, Friday at Ludwig Field. The Terps upended the Cavs in last season's semfinals as well.
Maryland ended the match with its best free position shot percentage of the year, nailing five of its seven attempts. The Terrapin defense stymied Virginia into six-of-13 clear attempts while causing seven Cavalier turnovers, led by three from freshman Iliana Sanza. Brittany Dipper picked up the win in goal after surrendering a mere six goals while making six saves.
MARYLAND BOUNCES BACK WITH WIN AGAINST PRINCETON
Sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson erupted for six goals as No. 3 Maryland downed Ivy League power Princeton, 13-6, Wednesday night.
The Annapolis, Md., native matched her career-high with six goals against the Tigers while adding an assist to lift Maryland to 13-1 overall. Fellow Tewaaraton nominee Sarah Mollison added six points on three goals and three assists.
Brittany Dipper made seven saves to pick up the win in the cage. The Terrapin defense, led by Merrifield's four ground balls and two caused turnovers, held its opponent to single-digit goals for the 11th time in 2010.
MCFADDEN, TAYLOR AND JOHNSON ALL MAKE CUT
Seniors Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor, along with sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson, have been listed as three of the top 25 candidates for this year's Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the best player in women's college lacrosse, as announced April 14 by The Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
From this nominee list, five will be named finalists for the prestigious award. Last season, McFadden was named one of the final five. This season, the Terps boast one player at defender (Taylor), attack (Johnson) and midfield (McFadden). Johnson is one of only three sophomores to make the cut.
SCOUTING THE ACC
Without a doubt the toughest conference tournament in the nation, the 2010 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship begins Thursday with four of the six teams in this year's field ranked in the top five.
The conference boasts more Tewaaraton nominees than any other, including three donning Red and Black with Caitlyn McFadden, Karri Ellen Johnson and Karissa Taylor on the list of 25 nominees up for the prestigious award.
A very-balanced regular season ended with three teams atop the standings with North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia tied for first place. Carolina eventually gained the edge, earning the No. 1 seed via tiebreaker.
MARYLAND vs. THE ACC IN 2010
Feb. 27 - at #5 Duke - W, 17-4
March 5 - vs. #9 Virginia - W, 11-5
March 20 - vs. Boston College - W, 7-6
April 10 - at #3 North Carolina - L, 9-13
April 17 - vs. Virginia Tech - W, 18-4
April 23 - vs. Virginia, W, 10-6 (ACC Semifinals)
THE ACC FINALS - 2009 EDITION
ACC Championship Most Valuable Player 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.
MARYLAND PLACES FIVE ON ALL-ACC TEAM
Maryland boasted a league-high five players on this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse team, announced by the league office Wednesday.
Headlining the list for the Terps is 2009 ACC Player of the Year and three-time all-conference honoree Caitlyn McFadden. McFadden joins fellow Tewaaraton nominees Karri Ellen Johnson and Karissa Taylor as well as junior Sarah Mollison and freshman Katie Schwarzmann as Maryland's 2010 All-ACC awardees.
TERPS TOP VT FOR SHARE OF ACC REGULAR SEASON TITLE
Head coach Cathy Reese captured her 100th career win Saturday as No. 3 Maryland routed Virginia Tech, 18-4, to secure a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title.
Maryland picked up scoring from 10 different players on the day, led by four goals from Karri Ellen Johnson and three from Sarah Mollison, to help Reese, who is in her fourth season at the helm of the Terp program, accomplish the milestone.
In total, the Terps amassed 27 points on the day while 14 Maryland players added a goal and/or assist on the day. The game was Maryland's first this season at Ludwig Field, where it will play the remainder of its schedule, including next week's ACC Lacrosse Championships.
SPREADING THE LOVE
Maryland had three different players earn weekly awards after dropping No. 7 Towson and No. 6 Penn in consecutive matches.
Sarah Mollison was named ACC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 4, while Caitlyn McFadden garnered Womenslacrosse.com's Offensive Player of the Week and Karri Ellen Johnson was tabbed Womenslax.com Player of the Week.
Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden, Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
McFadden's 40-game point scoring streak ranks 13th in the nation, while Johnson and Mollison's 38-game version is tied for 13th. Johnson also boasts the fourth-longest goal scoring streak after scoring in all 38 games she has appeared in as a Terp.
REESE GARNERS 100TH WIN
Head coach Cathy Reese earned career win No. 100 as the Terps routed Virginia Tech, 18-4, on April 17 at Ludwig Field.
The former Terrapin All-American is 100-38 in her seven-year career, which began at the University of Denver. Reese is 69-9 all-time at the helm of the Maryland program and has not lost a regular season match in College Park during her four seasons with the Terps.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Several Terps find their names scattered among the active leader lists in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse.
Caitlyn McFadden is currently fourth among active leaders in career assists (102), seventh in points (230) and 24th in goals (128).
As only a sophomore, Karri Ellen Johnson ranks 29th in the nation in active career goals (124). Maryland senior Kate Faas, who spent the first two years of her collegiate career at St. Bonaventure, ranks 33rd with 166 career points.
TOPPLING THE TOP
Don't accuse Maryland of padding its schedule with fluff teams. The Terps have already battled 10 top-20 squads prior to the start of the ACC tournament, with seven being ranked in the top ten. Maryland has topped nine out of ten and has done so by an average of 7.89 goals per game.
Below is a rundown of Maryland's assault on the polls.
X - #18 Penn State, 17-9
X - #5 Duke, 17-4
X - #9 Virginia, 11-5
X - #15 New Hampshire, 20-6
X - #7 Georgetown, 20-11
X - #8 Stanford, 20-8
X - #20 James Madison, 8-7
X - #7 Towson, 12-10
X - #6 Penn, 12-6
A BALANCING ACT
Maryland's offense, while dominant, is also incredibly balanced, boasting eight players with double-digit goals.
Karri Ellen Johnson (50), Caitlyn McFadden (29), Sarah Mollison (28), Katie Schwarzmann (25), Brandi Jones (19), Amanda Spinnenweber (14), Laura Merrifield (19) and Kate Faas (15) give Maryland an extremely dynamic attack, providing solid looks at goal from all over the field.
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.
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.
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, who boasts 16 goals and six assists this season, was also named Rookie of the Week by Womenslax.com.
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.
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 the Terps' 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 currently ninth all-time with 230 points. 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 12th 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.
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.
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 AND POIST NET BACK-TO-BACK DEFENSIVE HONORS
Karissa Taylor garnered WomensLacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week honors after Maryland dismantled No. 5 Duke on the road, while the next week Brittany Poist garnered the award.
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.
Poist kept the honor in the family the next week as she helped the Terps to a dominating win over Virginia. She had four ground balls and four caused turnovers as Maryland shut down the Cavaliers in the second half, allowing only three shots and zero goals.
MCFADDEN SNAGS ACC POW HONOR
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.
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 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists while Brittany has nine goals and two assists on the year.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 36-1 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 176-15 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.
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.
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.