Feb. 25, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland opens its 32nd season of women's lacrosse this week as it plays host to ACC rival Duke on Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon. It is the season opener for the Terps, while Duke enters the game with a 2-0 record.
The Terps and Blue Devils will play at the Field Hockey/Lacrosse Complex. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. This season, Maryland will play its first three home games at the Field Hockey/Lacrosse Complex, while the remainder of the home games will be played at Ludwig Field.
Maryland is 2-1 all-time in the month of February. Maryland's only loss in the month came against Duke last season in Durham.
Maryland is 24-7 in home openers, winning five of its last six. The Terps' last loss in a home opener came in 1997 against North Carolina.
The Terps lead the all-time series over Duke 8-3, but the Blue Devils won last year's meeting 9-7 in Durham. Maryland is 4-0 against Duke at home.
New Terp assistant Allison Valentino will face her former squad in her first game on the Maryland sideline. Valentino spent the past six seasons with Duke, her last serving as associate head coach.
The Terps enter 2005 ranked seventh in the IWLCA poll and eighth in the Inside Lacrosse polls. Duke is ranked fourth in the country.
Scouting The Blue Devils
Duke opened the season in Durham last weekend with a pair of wins over Duquesne and Denver. The Blue Devils defeated the Dukes 16-4 and then went on to rout the Pioneers 21-6.
Duke's main offensive weapons are Kristen Waagbo and Katie Chrest. Waagbo scored four goals against both Duquesne and Denver last weekend. Chrest, Duke's leading scorer last season (43g, 11a), has seven goals and three assists on the year.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Huether, an All-ACC selection in 2004, returns to the cage this season for the Blue Devils. She has a goals-against average of just 3.67 and has saved nearly 76 percent of the shots she has faced so far this season. Last season, she had a GAA of 8.74.
Head coach Kerstin Kimel, who is in her 10th season at Duke, is the only coach in Blue Devil history. She is two wins shy of her 100th win at Duke. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Maryland.
Duke returns eight starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team.
Delia Cox enters the 2005 season with the team's longest scoring streak: seven. Acacia Walker and Laura Warren are each on four-game scoring streaks, while Annie Collins scored in her last three games in 2004.
Maryland is one of just two schools to have three players named to the preseason Tewaaraton Award watch list (Princeton is the other).
The Maryland women's lacrosse team is ranked seventh in the country, according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Former Loyola standout Allison Valentino joins the coaching staff this season after Jen Adams left to become an assistant coach at Denver. Former Terp standout Sonia Judd will serve as the team's volunteer assistant coach.
Eight Maryland Terrapins, including senior Acacia Walker, have been selected for the 24-member US World Cup training team. Joining Walker on the US squad are Quinn Carney (2001), Randall Goldsborough (1996), Kelly Amonte Hiller (1996), Alex Kahoe (2000), Christie (Jenkins) Kemezis (2000), Kristin Sommar (2000) and Jess Wilk (1990). Six Terps, including volunteer assistant Sonia Judd (2003), are on the Australian World Cup squad. The other alumni making up the 16-member squad are Jen Adams (2001), Sarah Forbes (1997), Courtney Hobbs (2002), Tess McLeod (2003) and Sasha Newmarch (1998). Incoming freshman Casey Magor is an alternate for the squad. Laura Warren, who will exhaust her last year of eligibility this spring with the Terps, will represent the Wales at the World Cup. She played with that team in 2001.
The Terp schedule is again one of the toughest in the nation. According to the IWLCA poll, the Terps will face eight of the top-10 ranked teams this season (Maryland is ranked seventh, and Northwestern is the only team ranked in the top 10 that Maryland will not play). The ACC will again be ultra-competitive in 2005, boasting four teams ranked in the top eight.