Maryland Women's Lacrosse Heads To NCAA Championship Semifinals

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?an astounding 168-12-0 (.933) entering the 2000 championship weekend.

Past the numbers, though, Timchal has done her part to revolutionize the game of women's lacrosse. Eight years ago, she brought former Syracuse men's lacrosse standout turned Pittsburgh Crossfire star Gary Gait to Maryland to put his unique stamp on the Terrapin program as an assistant coach. Five years ago, she added the consultation of California-based sports psychologist Jerry Lynch to enrich the minds of her student-athletes in order to complement the already high level of physical training it takes to excel at the Division I level.

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 taken her Terrapin teams to the NCAA finals eight of the past nine years. This year, Maryland will contend for an unprecedented sixth straight national title. Six straight. No other Division I women's team can boast a current streak of championships like Timchal has at Maryland.

While this year marks a decade of excellence at Maryland, Timchal's coaching career got its start at Northwestern in 1982. During her nine-year tenure with the Wildcats, she compiled a 76-40 record (.655) and amassed five NCAA appearances. While at Northwestern, Timchal made it as far as the quarterfinals, making appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1984, '86,'87, and '88. In 1991, she came to the University of Maryland to continue the already long-standing tradition of Terrapin lacrosse. Timchal attended West Chester University where she lettered in lacrosse, tennis and track and field.

Timchal's Year-by-Year at Maryland

1991- National Runners-up - 14-3
1992- National 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- National Champions - 18-3
1990- NCAA Champions - 21-0
2000- NCAA Final Four (and still going!) - 19-1
10 Seasons at Maryland - 168-12 (.933)

Terp NCAA Streaks to Watch
Both Jen Adams and Quinn Carney have NCAA scoring streaks on the line this Friday. The two juniors have scored in all seven NCAA games the Terps have contested since the pairs' arrival. Adams has posted 16 goals and 10 assists over seven games. Carney has totaled 22 points, netting 10 goals and providing 12 feeds.

Kahoe in the NCAA Tourney
Four-year starter Alex Kahoe has stepped it up for the Terps in every NCAA Tournament appearance in her career, and even has five games with over 16 saves. Last year, Kahoe fought her way to 18 saves in all three of her NCAA appearances. In the NCAA Tournament, she has a 6.7 gaa and a .676 save percentage.

Terps Vs. Loyola
The Terps are 3-0 against Loyola in NCAA action. The last time the two teams met was for the 1997 national championship. Maryland won that game, held in Bethlehem, Pa., by an 8-7 score.

Maryland will also put its 47-game non-conference win streak on the line when it meets Loyola in the semifinals Friday. The last time Maryland lost a non-conference match-up was April 22, 1997 vs. Loyola in a 7-6 win for the Greyhounds.

The Terps enter the championship weekend as the five-time defending national champions with a 25-8 overall record in NCAA Tournament play. Friday's semifinal match-up marks the 11th straight NCAA Championship weekend for the Terps. They have been in the championship game nine out of the past 10 years.

Maryland in the Polls
The final regular season poll of the year marked the Terps' 11th straight week at the top of the IWLCA poll this year. Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 22 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.

The Terps Vs. Ranked Teams
No. 1 Maryland plays one of the toughest schedules in Division I women's lacrosse, and has already faced 16 ranked opponents this year for a 15-1 record against foes ranked in the IWLCA poll. The Terps are 6-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 5, with wins over then-No. 2 Duke on March 3 (14-10), then-No. 4 Virginia on March 14 (17-8), then-No. 4 James Madison (24-15) on April 1, then-No. 5 Georgetown (16-6) on April 13, then-No. 3 Princeton (14-7) on April 26, and then-No. 5 Loyola on April 29 (12-4). Maryland's only loss to a Top 5 opponent, or any opponent for that matter, was its 14-13 triple overtime loss to then-No. 5 North Carolina. The Terps' are 15-1 against ranked opponents, and hold a 11-1 advantage over Top-10 foes.

Maryland in the Power Rankings
Maryalnd tops the LaxPower rankings once again this week with a 99.90 rating. The Terps are also third in strength of schedule, no doubt in part to the fact that Maryland plays in perhaps the toughest conference in the nation. The three other ACC schools are also ranked in the Top 5 in both strength of schedule as well as the power ratings. All four ACC schools qualified for this year's NCAA tournament, however, Maryland is the only ACC school remaining in the Final Four.

Lacrosse Power Ratings (5/14/00)

Rank  Team            Pts.
1.  Maryland          99.90
2.  James Madison     93.90
3.  Virginia          93.05
4.  North Carolina    92.92
5.  Duke              92.73
6.  Princeton         92.57
7.  Georgetown        92.50
8.  Loyola            92.04
9.  Dartmouth         91.54
10. Syracuse          89.87

Lacrosse Strength of Schedule (5/14/00)

Rank Team          Games   Strength  PR
1.  North Carolina 18      81.59     4
2.  Virginia       19      80.07     3
3.  Maryland       20      79.45     1
4.  Duke           18      79.18     5
5.  James Madison  17      78.80     2
6.  Georgetown     17      78.20     7
7.  Penn State     17      77.78    12
8.  Princeton      17      77.62     6
9.  William & Mary 15      77.21    19
10. Dartmouth      16      76.56     9

This Season vs. Loyola: Game 18
Apr. 29 at Loyola, W 12-4

Comito Leads With Five

BALTIMORE, MD.- Maryland juniors Allison Comito and Jen Adams combined for nine goals and four assists as the top-ranked Terrapins dispatched No. 5 Loyola, 12-4.

The Terrapins, who extended their nation's-best winning streak to 16 games, used a decisive 5-0 first-half run to turn a tight game early on into a comfortable 6-2 lead by halftime. Adams (four goals, two assists) had two goals in a 29-second span late in the half, and Comito (five goals, two assists) scored her second goal with 3:25 remaining to give Maryland a 6-1 advantage.

After Loyola's Stacey Morlang (team-high two goals) scored with 17:43 left in the second half to pull the Greyhounds (13-4) within 7-3, Comito and Adams contributed to a 4-0 Maryland run that put the game away for good. Adams found Comito on a fast break just eight seconds after Morlang's goal, and the Australian junior also scored on a behind-the-head shot off a feed from Comito with 10:35 remaining to give the Terrapins a 10-3 lead. Kory Miller and Krissy Warnock also scored goals for Loyola.

Quinn Carney added a goal and an assist for Maryland, which improved to 20-1 all-time against the Greyhounds and 8-0 all-time against Loyola at Curley Field. The Terrapins outshot the Greyhounds 37-23, including 20-11 in the second half.

Greyhound goalie Tricia Dabrowski kept her team in the game with 13 saves, including several point-blank opportunities in the second half. Senior Alex Kahoe had nine saves for the Terrapins, who improved to 141-5 against non-conference opponents in head coach Cindy Timchal's 10 years on the bench.

Box Score       1   2     F
No. 1 Maryland  6   6    12
No. 5 Loyola    2   2     4

Maryland: Allison Comito 5-2-7, Jen Adams 4-2-6, Quinn Carney 1-1-2, Christie Jenkins 1-0-1, Tori Wellington 1-0-1, Kristin Sommar 0-1-1.
Loyola: Stacey Morlang 2-0-2, Kory Miller 1-1-2, Krissy Warnock 1-0-1,Lauren Peck 0-1-1.

Maryland: Alex Kahoe (10 saves, 4 GA, 60:00 min.)
Loyola: Tricia Dabrowski (13 saves, 12 GA, 60:00 min.)


Category           Maryland    Loyola
Shots               37         23
Turnovers            8         16
Caused Turnovers    13          8
Draw Controls        9          9
Fouls               11         11
Ground Balls        27         22

1999 Boxscore
May 1 vs. Loyola, W 17-9
Comito Nets Six For Terps

COLLEGE PARK, MD.- Attack Allison Comito tied her season-best goal performance as she netted six goals to lead the top-ranked Terps past the 10th-ranked Loyola Greyhounds, 17-9.

Maryland opened the contest scoring five consecutive goals, including back-to-back goals by Terp attack Jen Adams, before the Greyhounds would net their first goal at the 16:48 mark after Stacey Morlang took a Maria DiTommaso assisted ball and converted past Maryland goalkeeper Alex Kahoe.

The Terrapin defense proved stingy throughout most of the first half, allowing only three goals on the ?Hounds' 12 shots on goal, and Kahoe would post five of her 12 saves in the first half.

The Greyhounds, however, made an early second-half surge, cutting the Terps' 10-3 halftime lead to 11-8 at the 45:26 mark. Loyola's Kathleen O'Shea would chart back-to-back goals at the 31:05 and 36:34 marks to narrow the advantage. However, the Terps answered the run by scoring four straight before Loyola could score again.

Box Score   1   2  F
Loyola      3   6  9
Maryland   10   7  17

Maryland:Allison Comito 6-0-6, Jen Adams 3-3-6, Kristin Sommar 3-1-4, Meredith Egan 2-1-3, Quinn Carney 0-2-2, Christie Jenkins 1-1-2, Courtney Hobbs 1-0-1, Tori Wellington 1-0-1.
Loyola: Kathleen O'Shea 3-1-4, Kory Miller 2-1-3, Stacey Morlang 1-1-2, Maria DiTommaso 0-1-1, Megan Santacroce 1-0-1, Danielle Battersby 1-0-1.

Maryland: Alex Kahoe (12 saves, 9 GA, 60 min.)
Loyola: Tricia Dabrowski (15 saves, 17 GA, 60 min.)


Category        Maryland    Loyola
Shots           31          18
Turnovers        6          16
Draw Controls   16          12
Fouls           13          19
Ground Balls    31          22
Attendance: 977

1997 NCAA Championship
Game Boxscore, W 17-9
May 18, 1997 at Bethlehem, Pa.
Forbes' Goal Lifts Terps To Title

BETHLEHEM, Pa.- Sarah Forbes' goal with 4:02 remaining in the game propelled the University of Maryland to its third straight national championship as it defeated Loyola, 8-7 in the National Collegiate finals.

Loyola had several shots on goal to tie in the closing seconds of the contest, but goalie Alex Kahoe, who had 10 saves on the day, came up with the saves to help preserve the win.

Maryland jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the halfway point of the first half, but Loyola came back with three straight goals to knot the contest 4-4.

With the game tied, 5-5, Sascha Newmarch, who led Maryland with three goals, scored with 2:45 left in the half to give Maryland a 6-5 edge at the halfway mark. Another Maryland goal by Ginette Chelious gave Maryland a 7-5 lead in the opening minutes of the second half.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal said, "Loyola is a great team that pushed us to the limit. It could have gone either way." Loyola, which was led on the day by Kerri Johnson's three goals, tied the game again with goals by Erin Wyde and Robyn Disney before Forbes notched her game-winning goal.

Box Score   1   2   F
Loyola      5   2   7
Maryland    6   2   8

Maryland:Sascha Newmarch 3-0-3, Sarah Forbes 2-0-2, Cathy Nelson 1-1-2, Christie Jenkins 1-0-1, Ginette Chelious 1-0-1, Ryan Laubach 0-1-1, Caryl Duckworth 0-1-1.
Loyola: Kerri Johnson 3-0-3, Erin Wyde 1-1-2, Stephanie Roberts 1-1-2, Erica Attonito 1-0-1, Robyn Disney 1-0-1.

Maryland: Alex Kahoe (13 saves, 8 GA, 60 min.)
Loyola: Kourtney Heavey (13 saves, 7 GA, 60 min.)

Notes on the 1997 Title Game vs. Loyola

  • Current Terp assistant coach Sarah Forbes netted the winning goal against the Greyhounds in the 1997 title game. An all-tournament selection, Forbes ended the day with two goals.

  • Current Terp assistant coach Cathy Nelson scored one goal and one assist against the Greyhounds in the 1997 title game. She was also an all-tournament selection.

  • Terrapin tri-captain Christie Jenkins is the only current player on the Maryland roster who has scored an NCAA goal against Loyola. Jenkins netted Maryland's third goal of the game in the first half of action in the 1997 title game to put the Terps up 3-1.

  • Current Terps Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins, Tonia Porras, and Kristin Sommar all played in the 1997 title game vs. Loyola. Seniors this year, it was their first NCAA championship.


The Terrapins are the five-time defending national champions.

Average margin of victory for the Terrapins in the NCAA Tournament since 1997 when seniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, Danielle Marquette, Tonia Porras, and Kristin Sommar were freshmen.

Cindy Timchal is aiming for her seventh national championship at Maryland. She has won the title in 1992, ?95, ?96, ?97, ?98, and 1999.

Number of national championships in Maryland history. Seven NCAA titles (1986, ?92, ?95, ?96, ?97, ?98, and ?99) and one AIAW title (1981).

Maryland defeated Loyola 8-7 for the 1997 national title in Bethlehem, Pa.

Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait is playing for his ninth national championship ring. He has three from his years at Syracuse as a player, and five as an assistant coach at Maryland.

Nine current Terrapins have scored in NCAA action. Jen Adams, Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Courtney Hobbs, Christie Jenkins, Sonia Judd, Tonia Porras, and Kristin Sommar have all scored at least one point in NCAA action spanning 1997-2000.

9 of 10
Maryland has played in nine of the last 10 National Collegiate finals.

Maryland is playing in its 11th straight NCAA championship.

Season-high points for Jen Adams (against Harvard on March 30). That also ties the Maryland single-game high for individual points in a game.

Maryland has won its last 14 consecutive NCAA games, dating back to the Terps' last loss on May 22, 1994 to Princeton. The Tigers took that game 10-7 in College Park.

Terrapin leading scorer Jen Adams has scored 16 goals, 10 assists, and 26 points in the seven NCAA games since her freshman year.

The Terrapins are 25-8 overall in NCAA Tournament games.