March 1, 2001
College Park, Md. - The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team opens its 2001 season with a pair of critical Atlantic Coast Conference games at Ludwig Field on the College Park campus. The Terrapins -- this year's IWLCA preseason number one and six-time defending NCAA champion -- open their title defense with Top 10 battles against fourth-ranked Duke and fifth-ranked North Carolina.
The Terps got their first taste of live game action on Tuesday as they took on the Japanese National Team. Maryland took that contest, 22-5, as the Terrapins' big three of Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito accounted for a combined 19 points (11 goals and eight assists). Maryland's defense stifled the visitors from Japan as it limited them to just nine shots for the game.
Maryland will square off against No. 4 Duke on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Blue Devils opened their regular season in a positive fashion on Tuesday against Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 14-2 in Durham.
On Sunday, the Terps will square off with No. 5 North Carolina at 1:00 p.m. at Ludwig. The Tar Heels opened their season with a 17-3 win over Davidson on February 25 and will face off against 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Friday before heading to College Park.
The Duke game is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day as any University of Maryland faculty and/or staff member can show their ID and receive four free tickets. The UNC game has been dubbed Youth Team Day as any member of a youth lacrosse team is eligible to purchase tickets at the reduced rate of $2.
TERPS OPEN SEASON AS FAVORITE TO REPEAT
- Maryland enters the 2001 season as the favorite to repeat -- for the sixth consecutive time -- as NCAA champion. The Terrapins were the only team in the initial IWLCA poll to receive first place votes (8) and were picked by several publications as well to repeat as champ. Among the publications picking the Terps are College Lacrosse USA, Inside Lacrosse, LaxPower and Sports Illustrated for Women.
- The Terrapins enter this season having won six straight national titles. Last season, 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 22 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 begins 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 169-12 (.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 245-52.
- 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 10 Seasons at Maryland 169-12 (.934)
A GOOD START
- The Terrapins looked strong in their lone tune-up for the 2001 season on Tuesday. The Terps beat the touring Japanese National Team, 22-5, and scored with relative ease the whole contest.
- Maryland had seven players with multiple-goal efforts and got some encouraging contributions. Among those who gave the Terps a spark were junior Meredith Egan and freshman Kelly Coppedge.
- Egan is returning this season from a knee injury that kept her out all of last year. A potential offensive force, she showed she is ready for this season as she scored a goal, dished out three assists and scooped up three ground balls. Throughout the game, Egan was very involved in all aspects of the Terrapin offense.
- Coppedge is one of the freshmen on this year's team that the Terps will be counting on to provide a spark, and that is exactly what she did against Japan. She found the net on her only two shots of the day, added an assist and two ground balls in a solid opening performance that suggested the best is yet to come.
TRIPLE A: ADAMS ALL-AMERICAN
- Maryland's Jen Adams enters 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.
- Heading into this season, Adams needs nine goals, 15 assists and 23 points to become the all-time leader in each statistical category. 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 124 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 carry impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which date back to their freshman seasons.
- Senior Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 56 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.
- Fellow senior Quinn Carney enters the 2001 season with a 50-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 Great Britain.
- 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.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke comes to town sporting a 1-0 record after having beaten Virginia Tech, 14-2, in their season opener on February 27. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 4 in the IWLCA's preseason poll after finishing the 2000 season 11-6 and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
- The Blue Devils are lead by head coach Kerstil Kimel, a 1993 graduate of Maryland who is in her seventh season with the team. She has a record of 47-38 at Duke.
- Duke returns nine of 12 starters from last year's team. In its only game this year, it got balanced scoring as 11 players scored a goal with only Claire Sullivan (2) and Lauren Gallagher (2) getting more than one.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 5-1. The Terps lone defeat was a 10-6 loss in Durham in 1998.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
- Fifth-ranked North Carolina invades Ludwig Field on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Tar Heels beat Davidson, 17-3, in their season opener and will face Johns Hopkins on Friday. UNC was 12-6 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
- Jenny Slingluff Levy (Virginia, `92) is in her sixth season with UNC and has put together a fine 62-24 record during her tenure.
- North Carolina won the ACC regular season last year with a 2-1 record as they handed the Terps their only defeat of the season on March 5 in Chapel Hill. The game was a 14-13 triple overtime win in game two of the 2000 season.
- The Tar Heels return half (6) of their starters from last year's team. One player to watch is Kellie Thompson who got off to a flying start in the Heels' opener as she scored five goals and added three assists to lead the team.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 6-3. The two teams split last year as UNC took the first meeting, 14-13 in triple overtime, while the Terrapins avenged that loss at the ACC Tournament with a convincing 17-6 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.