Terps Travel to Virginia for Key ACC Matchup

March 15, 1999

Maryland at Virginia
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
6:00 p.m.
UHall Turf Field

Maryland at Dartmouth
Saturday, March 20, 1999
12:00 Noon
Chase Field

Maryland at Brown
Monday, March 22, 1999
1:00 p.m.
Ohiri Field

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team begins a five-game road tour on Tues., March 16, as the Terps travel to ACC rival Virginia for a 6 p.m. contest. Maryland enters Tuesday's game with a 4-0 record and a 2-0 showing in the ACC. Virginia owns a 3-0 record and Tuesday's game marks its ACC opener. Maryland last defeated 17th-ranked Syracuse, 18-8, on Saturday, while Virginia's game against UMBC on Sunday was postponed due to poor weather conditions. Virginia has not played since its 4-3 win against Old Dominion on March 10.

Series history: Tuesday's meeting with Virginia marks the 27th meeting between the two schools. Maryland leads the series 19-7 with the last Terp win (11-5) dating back to last year's NCAA championship game. Saturday's meeting against Dartmouth marks the seventh meeting between the two schools with Maryland holding a 6-0 advantage. The Terps last defeated the Big Green on March 25, 1998, 16-7. Maryland leads the Brown series 5-0.

Maryland sophomore Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) scored five goals and added three assists to lead the top-ranked Terrapins to an 18-8 win against 17th-ranked Syracuse. Adams was just one of four Terrapins to score multiple goals.

No. 3-ranked Virginia enters Tuesday's game against Maryland sporting a 3-0 record. The Cavaliers have posted wins against Richmond (16-3), Syracuse (15-6) and Old Dominion (4-3). Senior midfielder Jessica Hull leads the Virginia scoring attack with six points, including a team-high three goals and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Francis Segarra has played in 115 minutes, charting 10 saves and allowing five goals. Virginia head coach Julie Myers holds a 49-12 record in her fourth year at the helm of the Cavalier program.

Tuesday's ACC game featuring Maryland and Virginia has been tabbed the iGame of the Year in the ACCi by College Lacrosse USA. Maryland has already posted ACC victories against Duke and North Carolina while the Cavaliers open their ACC schedule against Maryland on Tuesday.

Maryland's Cindy Timchal (West Chester '76) is in her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin women's lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall. The Pennsylvania native has guided Maryland to five national championship titles, the inaugural ACC title in 1997, and eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She has posted a 131-11 record at Maryland, and a 207-51 (.802) overall record which ranks her ninth among all-time coaches in winning percentage. Timchal guided the Maryland women's lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the school's record fourth consecutive national championship. Timchal owns a 10-3 record against the Cavaliers; a 5-0 record against Dartmouth; and a 3-0 record against the Brown Bears.

Maryland freshman midfielder Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) earned her first collegiate lacrosse start against 17th-ranked Syracuse on Saturday, replacing an injured Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.). Kelly, playing in 29 minutes, totaled two groundballs and controlled one draw.

Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams, last week's ACC Player of the Week, has posted All-American numbers in the Terps' first four games of the season. Most recently, Adams charted a career-high five goals and added three assists to lead the top-ranked Terrapins to an 18-8 win against Syracuse. Here is a game-by-game review of the Australian native's numbers:

Opponent                Goals   Assists
No. 9 Penn State        4      1
No. 7 Duke              2      3*
No. 2 North Carolina    3      0
No. 17 Syracuse         5*     3

Maryland is the country's all-time winningest program. The Terps own a 332-80-3 record and have posted an all-time winning percentage of .802. The Terps also own the longest current winning streak in Division I men's or women's lacrosse--a 50-game win streak which dated back to March 9, 1995, and extended itself to April 22, 1997.

Maryland juniors Alex Kahoe and Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and sophomores Jen Adams and Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) have played in all 240 minutes this season.

Twenty of the 25 players listed on the Maryland roster have played in at least one of the Terps' four games.

Maryland junior midfielder Tonia Porras, a 1999 preseason honorable mention All-American candidate by College Lacrosse USA, scored her first goal in two years against Syracuse. She has totaled two points after recording an assist against North Carolina. She also leads the Terps in draws with 12 and has helped lead the Terps to a 46-26 advantage in the center circle.

Out of the 20 players who have played in Maryland's four games, 10 have scored at least one goal. The Terps have outscored their opponents 76-33.


Pos.   No.   Name 
D      #3    Kerri Mulligan (Has started in four games, 6 GB, 1 CT)
A      #7    Jen Adams (Has started in four games, leading scorer with 21 points, 
                team-high 14 goals and 7 assists, 24 GB)
A      #9    Allison Comito (Has started in four games, has totaled 9 points,       
                6 goals, 3 assists, 10 GB)
A      #11   Victoria Wellington (Has started in four games, 4 goals, 17 GB, 6 CT)
A      #16   Meghan McNamara (Has started in four games, 1 goal, 4 GB, 3 CT)
A      #20   Quinn Carney (Has started in four games, second-leading scorer, 
                15  points, 8 goals, 7 assists, 10 DC)
M      #10   Kristin Sommar (Has started in three games, second-leading scorer with 
                10 points, 8 goals, 2 assists, 7 CT)
M      #12   Courtney Martinez (Has started in four games, 6 GB)
M      #18   Tonia Porras (Has started in four games, 1 goal, 1 assist, team-high 12 DC)
M      #21   Christie Jenkins (Has started in four games, fourth-leading scorer with 
                9 points, 5 goals, 4 assists)
M      #23   Meredith Egan (Has started in four games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 11GB)
GK     #33   Alex Kahoe (Has started in four games, 240 minutes played, 57 saves, 
                28 goals allowed, 7.00 GAA)

1999 ACC STANDINGS as of March 8, 1999

                Overall   ACC
Teams           W   L     W   L   
Maryland        4   0     2   0   
Virginia        3   0     0   0
Duke            2   1     0   1   
North Carolina  2   2     0   1

1999 IWLCA Top 20 Poll March 8, 1999

2. James Madison
3. Virginia
4. North Carolina
5. Duke
6. Loyola
7. Dartmouth
8. Princeton
9. Penn State
10. Georgetown
11. George Mason
12. William & Mary
13. Temple
14. Rutgers
15. Delaware
16. Vanderbilt
17. Syracuse
18. Yale
19. Brown
20. Massachusetts

Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney has earned the starting center position Carney has controlled 10 draws and has helped lead the Terps to a 46-26 advantage against their opponents.

Maryland faces 13 of the top 20 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll.

Maryland plays six of the top-20-ranked preseason teams on the road, including then-third-ranked Virginia on Tues., March 16.

Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, who earned All-America honors last season, will continue to hold the reins as the Terrapins' confident commander. Kahoe, a co-captain this year, has been the backbone of the Terrapin defense the past two seasons, and enters her junior season as one of the top players in the NCAA ranks. The Pennsylvania native established a new school record last year for saves with 269, surpassing the old school record of 233 which she set her freshman year. An NCAA all-tournament team selection last year, and this year's Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, Kahoe totaled a career-high 21 saves against Virginia in last year's NCAA championship game, five shy of the tournament record.

Maryland junior goalkeepr Alex Kahoe, the Terps' all-time saves leader, has totaled 57 saves and has allowed 28 goals in 240 minutes played. Here is a game-by-game breakdown of Kahoe's performances:

Opponent        Saves
Penn State      17*
Duke            16
North Carolina  14
Syracuse        10
*Indicates season-high

Maryland junior midfielders Kristin Sommar and Christie Jenkins are two of the 13 Maryland players listed on the U.S. National team's roster. Other Terps playing for the Red, White and Blue include Kelly Amonte, Erin Brown, Liz Downing, Dana Gwaltney, Laura Harmon Schuman, Theresa Ingram, Cathy Nelson, Maureen Scott, Michele Uhlfelder and Jessica Wilk.


.802 Maryland owns an all-time .802 winning percentage which ranks them as the county's most winningest program.

4 Maryland won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, defeating Virginia, 11-5, in the championship game.

4 Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is ranked fourth among all-time coaching leaders in total games won with 207.

4 Maryland sophomore Jen Adams has scored at least one point in all four of Maryland's games.

5 Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams scored a career-high five goals against Syracuse.

7 Maryland returns seven starters from last year's 18-3 NCAA championship team.

7 Maryland has captured seven national titles -- 1981, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

13 Maryland meets 13 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll-- North Carolina (2), Virginia (3), James Madison (4), Loyola (5), Dartmouth (6), Duke (7), Princeton (8), Penn State (9), Georgetown (10), William & Mary (12), Temple (13), Syracuse (14) and Brown (19).

20 The number of Maryland players who have played in at least one of Maryland's four games.

21 Maryland sophomore Jen Adams has totaled a team-high 21 points (14G-7A).

17 Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe posted a season-high 17 saves in Maryland's 12-8 win against Penn State.

25 Maryland has totaled 25 assists compared to its opponents' five. Sophomore Jen Adams has totaled a team-high seven assists.

Maryland owns a 25-5 assist advantage against its opponents. The Terps totaled a season-high 10 assists against Syracuse, including a career-high four assists by Quinn Carney.

Maryland has outshot its opponents 102-72, including a team-high 21 shots by sophomore attack Jen Adams. Adams has scored nine goals and has posted a .429 shooting percentage.

Maryland has never trailed at halftime in each of its four games this year. The last time the Terps trailed at the half was on April 29, 1998, at Princeton. The Tigers held a narrow 6-5 advantage.

Maryland welcomes back seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 1998 squad that posted an 18-3 record and captured the school's fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Gone from that team is three-time All-America midfielder Sascha Newmarch and two-time All-America attack Cathy Nelson. However, returning to the Terrapin lineup are junior All-Americans Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar. Kahoe and Jenkins earned co-captain honors. Joining the three All-Americans is junior Tonia Porras, a 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection and an honorable mention preseason All-American as selected by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal's corps of talented juniors will be assisted by a talented class of underclassmen, including 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection Jen Adams. Adams returns as the Terps' top returning scorer from 1998 (27g-17a-44 pts.). Joining Adams in the attack for Maryland are sophomores Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Meghan McNamara and Victoria Wellington. Carney is the Terps' second leading scorer of a year ago with 41 points. Sophomore Courtney Martinez joins Porras on the defensive wing, and Meg Carrington (Charlottesville, Va.), Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) and Kristin Crawford (Millersville, Md.) round out a talented sophomore class.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal added to her talent-laden team with the addition of freshmen midfielders Courtney Hobbs, Megan Kelly, Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) and Wendy VanNorden (Germantown, Md.). Freshman goalkeeper Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) looks to gain valuable experience playing behind junior All-American goalkeeper Alex Kahoe. At attack, freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) will see playing time and will combine with Jen Adams and Quinn Carney to form one of the most lethal offenses in the country.

Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait (Syracuse '91) is in a league of his own when it comes to national championships. A former lacrosse player at Syracuse, Gait owns a piece of all of Maryland's last four national championships, and was a three-time national champion for the Orangemen. His 15 goals scored in the 1990 NCAA Tournament is a tournament record, and his nine goals against Navy in 1988 is also a NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.

College Lacrosse USA has tabbed Maryland as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Selected to the preseason All-ACC team are juniors Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar in the midfield, sophomore Jen Adams on attack, junior Tonia Porras on defense, and junior Alex Kahoe in goal. Kahoe was also named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is featured on the cover of this month's US Lacrosse magazine. The team is pictured with the caption iOne for the Thumb...Maryland Goes for Its Fifth Straight Ring.i

Joining Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal and her assistant Gary Gait are three familiar faces in Maryland's women's lacrosse history. Sarah Forbes (Maryland '97), a three-time All-American, is in her first year as an assistant coach. Forbes ranks seventh all-time in assists (63) and 10th all-time in points (170) at Maryland. Her six assists against Brown in 1997 is also a Maryland single-game record.

The 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cathy Nelson (Maryland '98) returns to her alma mater as a student assistant coach. The second-leading scorer on last year's NCAA championship team, Nelson finished her stellar four-year career ranked fifth all-time on the Maryland career chart in total points with 217. Her 140 goals rank seventh all-time while her 77 assists are fifth all-time.

Helena Herrmann (Maryland '99) begins her first season as a student assistant coach after playing for the Terrapins in 1995 and 1998. Herrmann, a member of two of Maryland's national championship teams, earned the starting nod on defense last year and totaled a career-high three assists. In 1995, she scored a career-high two goals and added an assist.