May 17, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No stranger to NCAA competition, the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (19-1) is making its 11th straight trip to the NCAA semifinals this weekend. Maryland earned the right to advance to the national semifinals when it beat Georgetown 7-6 in overtime last Sunday at Ludwig Field. The No. 1 Terrapins will meet Loyola in the semifinals on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. The Greyhounds advance to the championship weekend after upsetting No. 4 seed North Carolina 7-5 in Chapel Hill. Friday's semifinal match-up between Maryland and Loyola is the second this year between the Greyhounds and the Terrapins. Maryland took the first contest 12-4 at Loyola.
No. 2 seed Princeton and No. 3 seed James Madison round out the final four teams competing for the National Collegiate title. The Tigers advanced to the semifinals after outlasting Duke 7-6 in double overtime, and James Madison eliminated Virginia by a 12-5 margin in Harrisonburg to earn the final spot in the championships. The Princeton/James Madison game will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
A Look at the Terrapins in the NCAA Tournament Maryland enters the tournament as the five-time defending national champions with a 25-8 overall record in NCAA Tournament play. The Terps have won seven NCAA titles in the program's history, including six under Timchal, and also have the 1981 AIAW championship to the program's credit. Since Timchal's arrival in 1991, Maryland is 18-3 in postseason play. The Terps have made it all the way the championship game nine of the last 10 years.
Maryland/Loyola Series Info Loyola trails Maryland 20-1 in the series history, which dates back to May 3, 1983 when the Terps downed Loyola 7-4. Maryland's only loss to Loyola, a 7-6 defeat at Ludwig Field, came on April 22, 1997. The 1997 loss to Loyola was the last non-conference loss the Terps suffered. In the NCAA semifinals this Friday, Maryland will put its 47-game non-conference win streak on the line against the Greyhounds, and looks to keep its postseason record perfect against Loyola. Maryland holds a 3-0 record against Loyola in NCAA action, including an 8-7 win in the title game in 1997. The Terps also have a 19-4 semifinal win over Loyola in 1994, and a 10-5 win over the Greyhounds in the 1990 NCAA semifinals.
Head Coach Cindy Timchal in the NCAA Tournament
In her 10 th year at Maryalnd, head coach Cindy Timchal inherited a Maryland women's lacrosse program which stood at 201-69-3 (a .736 winning percentage) from long-time head coach Sue Tyler. Under Timchal's guidance the Terps have elevated that program record even higher to an astounding 368-81-3 (.820), making Maryland the winningest Division I women's lacrosse team ever. Timchal's record at Maryland