Terps Head To Syracuse For The First Time

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March 11, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After scoring 15 goals in the Terps' first four games, junior Jen Adams (Marino, Australia) leads the top-ranked Terrapins to Syracuse for the first time in program history on Sunday, March 12. The Orangewomen are ranked 16th in this week's IWLCA poll and hold an 0-2 record after losing 16-5 to Virginia, who Maryland plays this Tuesday, and 16-12 to the Georgetown Hoyas this past Wednesday. The Terrapins have never lost to the Orangewomen in the team's previous two meetings.

Facing the Orangewomen
The Terps' series with the Orangewomen is a short one compared to most with only two games between the teams. The series began in 1998, and Maryland is up 2-0 on the Orangewomen with a 21-7 victory in '98 and a 18-8 win last season. This Sunday's game marks the first time the Terps will travel to Syracuse to face the Orangewomen. Syracuse is the first of three Big East teams the Terps will face this season. Temple comes to College Park on March 28, with Georgetown rounding out Maryland's regular season home schedule on April 13.

Gait Goes Home
For the first time since becoming Maryland's assistant coach seven years ago, Gary Gait heads back to his alma mater this Sunday for the first time as a Terp. Gait was a three-time All-American at Syracuse, and was awarded the Division I Most Outstanding Player award in 1988 and '89, and the 1988 and '89 Division I Most Outstanding Midfielder honors.

Gait is now a member of the Pittsburgh Crossfire of the National Lacrosse League. As a member of what was then the Baltimore Thunder, Gait captured league MVP honors in 1999 when he tallied 17 goals and 20 assists for the year.

Maryland Still Tops in IWLCA
The Maryland women's lacrosse team retained its No. 1 ranking in the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association Poll despite a 14-13 overtime loss to North Carolina on March 5. Maryland and Duke stayed in the one and two spots in this week's poll, with James Madison moving up to third after its 13-5 defeat of North Carolina. Virginia and North Carolina retained their positions at No. 4 and No. 5 to round out the first five. All four ACC teams are ranked in the top five. Maryland plays 14 of the Top 20 teams, and also faces Temple, who is receiving votes in this week's poll.

Adams in the Past Four
The 1999 IWLCA Player of the Year, Jen Adams continues to lead the Terps' offense this season, scoring three goals against both Duke and North Carolina, five against Towson on Tuesday, and four against Penn State Thursday. Adams has also pitched in with four assists this season. Accumulating 19 points thus far, Adams is averaging 4.75 ppg in 2000. The nation's leading scorer according to, the junior is also averaging 3.75 goals per game through the first four. As the nation's scoring leader in 1999, Adam's averaged 3.3 goals per game in last season's title run.

Carney, Comito Packing a One-Two Punch
Juniors Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) are more then a good complement to Jen Adams on the Terps' offense. The dou has combined for 18 goals and 10 assists- identical stats of nine goals and five assists each. Tied for the team's second leading scorer, the pair picked up where they left off last season. In 1999, Comito finished as the Terp's third-leading scorer behind Adams and Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) with 56 goals and 25 assists, while Carney ended the championship run with 45 goals and 27 assists, fourth in scoring behind Comito. Not only has the pair been there for Maryland, but they've been there when the Terps needed them most. In Maryland's 14-10 come-from-behind win against No. 2 Duke, both Carney and Comito netted all three of their goals that day in the second half. Against Towson, Carney started the Terps off strong, scoring the first two goals of the game. Just four game in, Comito has already scored two of the Terps' game winners, one against Duke and one against Penn State.

Jenkins Gets Hot
After a relatively quiet start, senior tri-captain Christie Jenkins exploded against the Nittany Lions on Thursday, scoring a team-high five goals. Previous to the Penn State game, Jenkins has scored only four goals in the Terps' first three games. Last season, Jenkins was the Terp's second-leading scorer finishing her All-American season with 55 goals and 30 assists.

Kahoe in the Nets
Four-year starter Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) delivered a stellar performance against Penn State on Thursday, coming up with 13 saves for the Terps including several at point-blank range. Kahoe has started every game in her Terrapin career, and holds a .552 save percentage and an 8.32 goals-against average heading into the Syracuse game.

Egan Out for Season
Starting attack Meredith Egan suffered a tear to her anterior cruciate ligament during the second half of the Towson game, and will miss the rest of the season due to the injury in her right knee. Egan netted two goals against both Duke and North Carolina for a four-goal start. She also pitched in one assist each in the Duke and Carolina contests. Meg McNamara will start in place of the injured Egan against Penn State.

Terp Career Firsts
Several Terps played in their first collegiate contest ever against Towson, with Julie Shank (Arnold, Md.) coming up with a her first collegiate goal. Key reserve Sonia Judd (Darlington, South Australia) also scored the first goal of her career at the 1:53 mark of the first half.

Kristin Crawford (Arnold, Md.) continued the career firsts against Penn State, netting her first career goal, with Bridget Frande coming up with her first Terrapin goal as well. Loyola Terrapin Katie Robinson (Davidsonville, Md.) and Judd also tallied their first assists ever in a Maryland uniform.

Adams Student-Athlete of Week
Maryland attacker Jen Adams was named the Student-Athlete of the Week for her three goals performances in the Terps' ACC games against Duke and North Carolina last week. Adams is a communications major.

Johns Hopkins Game on WMAR
Maryland's women's lacrosse game on Apr. 15 against Johns Hopkins will be broadcast on WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore. The game will be part of a double header that starts at 5:30 p.m., with the Maryland men's game to follow at 8 p.m.

WMUC To Broadcast Games
88.1 FM WMUC, the University of Maryland student radio station, will hold its next broadcast on Mar. 14 against Virginia. Live broadcasts on WMUC can be found on the web and Terrapin men's basketball captain Matt Hahn will provide the play-by-play, with Jason Mandel on color. The broadcast started with the Penn State game and will tentatively continue throughout the postseason.

WMUC Women's Lacrosse Broadcast Schedule
Date Opponent Airtime
Mar. 14 Virginia 6:45
Mar. 25 Old Dominion 12:45
Mar. 28 Temple 2:45
Mar. 30 Harvard 3:45
Apr. 1 Brown 3:45
Apr. 13 Georgetown 3:45

Adams on the Career Charts
After setting the single-season record for goals at Maryland in 1999 with 71, junior Jen Adams passed Terp assistant coach Sarah Forbes to take sole possession of seventh on the career assists chart with 67. An Australia native, Adams has 180 points for her career, passing Forbes on that list and landing at the No. 9 spot. Adams also has 113 career goals, nine from making that career list at Maryland.

Jenkins Making Her Mark
Senior captain Christie Jenkins is just nine goals from making the Maryland career list for that category and eight points from catching Mary Ann Oelgoetz on the career points chart. Jenkins has 50 career assists, just two feeds from slipping onto that list at the No. 10 spot.

Terps Winningest Program Ever
At 349-80-3, Maryland is the winningest program ever in Division I lacrosse history. The Terrapins carry a .809 winning percentage into the 2000 season after an undefeated 21-0 national championship year in 1999.

The Terps have won eight national titles, including the last five straight and six overall in the '90s. In addition, Maryland has also appeared in the national title game nine of the last 10 years.

Timchal Begins 10th Year
Maryland's Cindy Timchal is beginning her 10th year as the Terps' head coach and has a 151-12 record in her first nine years with the team. Only the third coach in Maryland history, Timchal has a .926 winning percentage with the Terps, has won sixth national titles, two ACC titles, and reached the NCAA finals nine of the last 10 years.

Nationally, Timchal is one of the top coaches in the game. Ranked third in total wins with 224, she is also fifth in winning percentage (.815) and eighth in games coaches in 275 entering the 2000 season.

Timchal Reaches 150 at Maryland
With the Terps' 17-4 win over Towson on Tuesday, Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal achieved her 150th win at the University of Maryland. Win No. 1 with the Terps came 10 years ago in a 15-4 defeat of the Richmond Spiders on March 8, 1991. The win was Timchal's coaching debut with Maryland after taking over for Sue Tyler, who had served a cumulative 16 seasons at the helm for the Terps.

Terps Reach Program Win 350
When No. 1 Maryland took down No. 2 Duke on March 3, the win was Maryland's 350th in the program's 26-year history. Overall, Maryland carries a 352-81-3 record into the Syracuse game on Sunday.

Terps Add 12 New Faces
Despite graduating no seniors from the 1999 national champions, Maryland has added several new faces to this year's roster. The Terps added 11 freshmen, including Terp siblings Julie Shank (sister of Terp junior Becky Shank) and Katie Sommar (sister of Terp captain Kristin Sommar). In addition to the 11 freshmen, Maryland also added former Loyola laxer Katie Robinson, a sophomore transfer to its roster.

Tri-Captains Chosen For 2000
Maryland's five-time defending National Champion women's lacrosse team announced seniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, and Kristin Sommar as the team captains for the 2000 campaign. All three were All-Americans in 1999, with Kahoe and Jenkins landing on the first-team Brine/IWLCA team, and Sommar getting the nod on the second team.

A 1999 co-captain with Kahoe, Jenkins has started every game since she arrived in College Park. The 1999 ACC Player of the Year, Jenkins was the Terps' second-leading scorer in 1999 with 55 goals and 30 assists for 85 points.

Maryland's starting goalkeeper, Kahoe is serving her second year as a captain for the Terps. Kahoe has been Maryland's starter for the past three years. Last year she allowed just 139 goals in the Terrapins undefeated 21-0 season.

Sommar is the only new addition at captain for the Terps this season. A U.S. National Team player, Sommar netted 44 goals and tallied 24 assists during her junior campaign last season. A two-time first team All-American, her career-high five-goal game came in last year's 21-2 rout of Towson.

Terps To Host ACC Tournament
The University of Maryland will be the proud host of this year's ACC Championships on April 22 and 23 at Ludwig Field. The year 2000 will mark the first time in the tournament's four-year history that Maryland will be the host school. The Terrapins have won the tournament twice, in 1997 and '99. Virginia took the 1998 championship home. Maryland is a combined 4-1 in ACC tournament action. Semifinal games will be held on April 22 at 1 and 3 p.m., with the championship game being held at 1 p.m. on April 23.