Women's Lacrosse Heads to New England to Close Out Regular Season

May 3, 2001


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Terps Tune Up for NCAA Tournament, Adams on Verge of Points Record

The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team enters the final week of its 2001 season with an undefeated record and ready for the NCAA Tournament.

This weekend, the Terps close out the `01 regular season on the road as they travel to New England to take on No. 4 Dartmouth on Friday before heading down to the Boston area to cap the regular season with a game against the Harvard Crimson.

In last week's action, Maryland (17-0, 3-0 ACC) beat its opponents from the 2000 NCAA finals and semifinals, respectively, as they edged fifth-ranked Princeton on Wednesday, 7-6, before taking out in-state rival and fourth-ranked Loyola on Saturday, 16-12.

Against Princeton, the Terps got a pair of goals from Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Courtney Hobbs, including the game winner by Adams in the game's final two minutes to keep the unbeaten streak alive. On Saturday, Adams and Carney were at it again as the dynamic duo scored five goals apiece to help put away the Greyhounds.

With her 12 points last week, Adams now stands a mere nine points from becoming the most prolific scorer in the history of collegiate women's lacrosse. Currently second, she is already the NCAAs unofficial all-time leader (the NCAA does not keep such stats) and with the nine points, she will surpass the mark of 420 set by Delaware's Karen Emas, who played in the early `80s and played under three different governing bodies (NCAA, USWLA and AIAW).

With last week's wins, Maryland pushed its 2001 season-opening win streak to 17 and made it 37-in-a-row overall dating back to last year. Maryland's last loss came on March 5th of last year and it was its only defeat in the team's last 67 outings.

Seeking Perfection

- At 17-0, the Terrapins are seeking their second undefeated season in the last three years. Should they accomplish the feat, it would be just the fourth time in school history joining the teams from 1995, 1996 and 1999.

- Should Maryland win both of its games this weekend and close out the 2001 regular season undefeated, it would be just the sixth time in school history that a UM team finished its regular season without a blemish. In addition to the `95, `96 and `99 teams, the 1980 and 1994 teams went undefeated before losing the final games of their respective seasons. The 1984 team went without a loss in the regular season, but had a tie along the way before losing in the NCAA finals.

400-Point Club...Elite Company

- With her eight points at the ACC Tournament, Jen Adams became just the second player in collegiate lacrosse history to score 400 points in her career. With her goal at 2:51 left in the Duke game, Adams scored her fifth goal and reached the 400-point plateau, joining Delaware's Karen Emas (1981-84) as the only player to attain such heights.

- Emas is the all-time record holder for collegiate women's lacrosse with 420 points. Adams is now the all-time NCAA leader and will surpass Emas -- who played in the NCAA, AIAW and USWLA -- with nine more points this season.

All-ACC Terps

- At the ACC Tournament, four Terrapins were honored with all-conference honors. Seniors Jen Adams, Quinn Carney, Allison Comito and Courtney Martinez were all named All-ACC while Adams was tabbed as the conference's player of the year for the second straight year.

- In addition to Adams being picked as the ACC's top player, head coach Cindy Timchal was selected by her peers as coach of the year. It marked the third straight year that she has earned the honor as she has been the outright choice in 1999 and 2000, while she shared the award with Duke's Kerstin Kimel last year.

Head Coach Cindy Timchal

- Head coach Cindy Timchal is in 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 186-12 (.939), 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. Her recent naming as 2001 ACC Coach of the Year was her third time earning that honor.

- 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 coming to Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable nine of the last 10 years. This year, the Terrapins 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 262-52 (.834).

- 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

2001 ACC Champions 17-0

10+ Seasons at Maryland 186-12 (.939)

Non-Conference Success

- With the conference season officially drawn to a close, the Terps will now concentrate on the remainder of their schedule and the pending NCAAs.

- In Dartmouth and Harvard, Maryland will look to improve on their success -- which is astounding -- against non-conference foes in the last four years. This year's group of Maryland seniors have run up a 59-0 record in four years versus non-conference competition. The last loss to a non-ACC foe was to Loyola in 1997.

Adams Seeking Record

- Through 17 games, Jen Adams is doing everything that could have been asked of her and more as she is leading Maryland (and the ACC) in goals (71), assists (44) and points (115) and nearing the top of the all-time collegiate points chart.

- With nine more points, Adams -- who is already the most prolific scorer in NCAA history -- will become the greatest scorer in collegiate women's lacrosse lore. With nine points, she will have 421 for her career, breaking the current collegiate mark of 420 set by Delaware's Karen Emas (1981-84).

- At the current time, she is also leading NCAA Division I in points per game (6.76), is second in goals per game (4.18) and third in assists per game (2.59).

- Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. She has reached double digits in points five times (vs. Duke, at Penn State, at Georgetown, vs. JHU and vs. Loyola) and she has scored six goals or more five times.

- Out of the seven weeks it was awarded this year, Adams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week four times. She has also been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) twice.

- Adams has shown her all-around ability in `01 as she is tied for the team lead in ground balls (52), second in caused turnovers (31) and leads the team in draw controls with 48.

- Of the 17 games Maryland has won this year, Adams has scored the game winner seven times and she has led the team in scoring in all but three games.

- Heading into the final week of the `01 season, Adams stands just 11 goals and 12 assists away from breaking her Maryland single season records of 81 goals and 55 assists, respectively, set a year ago. These numbers come despite the fact that she switched to the midfield in 2001, adding to her responsibilities.

- Adams now stands second on collegiate lacrosse's all-time points list after breaking the career assist record early this season.

- In the Terps' 17 games of `01, Adams has already set four career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the all-time collegiate mark for assists. She also set the school's single game record for points (against Johns Hopkins) with 12.

- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000 and is a nominee for the award again in 2001.

Scoring Streaks

- A pair of Terrapin stars carried impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which are still alive and date back to their freshman seasons.

- Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 73 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. In addition, she has scored at least one goal in all but 10 games of her 77-game collegiate career.

- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 67-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.

Carney Nearing NCAA Charts

- With three assists against Johns Hopkins on April 14th, All-ACC performer Quinn Carney hit 100-assist plateau for her career. She became just the fourth Terrapin to accomplish that feat.

- Should she notch five assists this weekend, Carney would move into the Top 10 in collegiate lacrosse history with 109 assists. She would also move into third on the Maryland charts, trailing only Jen Adams and Kelly Amonte.

World Cup Terps

- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.

- 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.

Enjoying the View

- Including the 2001 preseason IWLCA poll, Maryland has been atop of the national rankings for 10 straight weeks this year. Overall, the Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 31 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth straight NCAA title.