Terps Open NCAA Tournament Thursday At Princeton

May 9, 2005

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland Terrapins and Princeton Tigers will face each other in the first round of the NCAA Tournament just eight days after the two teams played a regular season classic in College Park. The Terps will travel to Princeton for a 3 p.m. start at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

    The Terps (12-6) come into the game winners of five of their last six, with all of those games coming against ranked opponents.

    Princeton's regular season finale was its 13-12 overtime loss in College Park last Wednesday. The Tigers, NCAA finalists each of the past three seasons, enter this NCAA Tournament with a 12-4 mark.

    Maryland's win over Princeton last week snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers.

    The last time the two teams met in the NCAA Tournament was 2001, when the Terps defeated Princeton 14-7 en route to their seventh consecutive national championship.

    The last two games between the two teams have gone into overtime. Last season at the Class of 1952 Stadium, Maryland and Princeton staged an epic battle with the Tigers coming away with an 8-7 overtime victory. Delia Cox put on an astounding display for the Terps, scoring six of Maryland's seven goals, but in the end it was Tara Hardiman scoring the game-winner with just 17 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.

    Maryland leads the all-time series with Princeton 18-6, including a 4-2 record in the NCAA Tournament. The last time Princeton eliminated the Terps in the NCAA Tournament was in 1994 in the national finals.


    Game Information
    Maryland vs. #8 Princeton
    Thursday, May 12, 3 p.m.
    Class of 1952 Stadium
    Princeton, N.J.

    The winner of Princeton-Maryland will face the winner of Northwestern-Mount St. Mary's.

    Five Maryland alums will lead their respective programs into the NCAA Tournament as head coaches. Kelly Amonte-Hiller of Northwestern, Towson's Missy Holmes, Kerstin Kimmel of Duke, Courtney Martinez-Conner of Mount St. Mary's and Dartmouth's Amy Patton each guided their teams into the field of 16.

    Of Maryland's last 27 goals, 18 have come off an assist (66 percent).

    The Week That Was
    • The Terps closed the regular season with a pair of wins, a 13-12 win over No. 5 Princeton and a 14-9 win over Loyola on Senior Day.
    Brooke Richards scored the game winner in the second sudden victory period after working behind the net and firing a shot past Sarah Kolodner for the victory. Richards led the Terps with five points on three goals and two assists, and Katie Doolittle came up big for Maryland controlling six draws to go with a pair of goals and an assist. Maryland got two goals each from Delia Cox, Casey Magor and Krista Pellizzi, and Kelly Kasper contributed a pair of assists and a goal off the bench.
    • Senior Jessica Dorney scored five points on two goals and three assists to lead the Terps past Loyola, 14-9. The Terps broke a 6-6 halftime tie, thanks in part to a second half hat trick from Katie Doolittle. Brooke Richards and Kelly Kasper added hat tricks for the Terps, and Casey Magor had a career-best three points on a pair of goals and an assist. After losing three of the first four draws of the game, Maryland won the 13 of the game's next 17 to help control the game.

    Head Coach Cindy Timchal
    • Head coach Cindy Timchal enters her 15th season at the helm of the Maryland women's lacrosse program. In her 14-plus years, she has established one of the most dominant teams in all of collegiate athletics as the Terrapins are 248-37 (.884) under her guidance, have earned 15 NCAA Tournament bids and have taken the crown eight times.
    • Timchal enters the 2005 season as the winningest coach in the history of women's collegiate lacrosse. Last season, she became the first coach to win 300 career games.
    • Timchal was selected as the `03 ACC Coach of the Year, her fourth time earning the honor. She has been chosen as National Coach of the Year twice and has coached players to All-American status 70 times in her career.
    • Now in her 24th 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 324-77 (.815).
    • Timchal is assisted by Allison Valentino and Lauri Kenis. Valentino is in her first season with Maryland after spending six seasons with Duke. Kenis is in her second season with Maryland after spending her playing career at Virginia.
    • A 1976 graduate of West Chester, Timchal was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Feb.13, 2004. Timchal lettered in lacrosse, track and field and tennis, while earning a degree in health and physical education.

    Scoring Streaks
    Delia Cox owns the team's longest scoring streak at 17 games. Cox has scored a goal in 17 of 18 games this season and Jessica Dorney has scored a goal in 15 of Maryland's 18 games this season.

    Maryland, Princeton & National Dominance
    • Maryland and Princeton have combined to win 10 of the last 11 national championships.
    • Either one of the two teams have been in the NCAA finals in each of the past 15 seasons.
    • Since the NCAA Tournament started in 1982, Maryland has won nine titles, Princeton and Virginia have won three each, and Penn State and Temple have each won two.

    Balanced Attack
    • With injuries to two of Maryland's top scorers, the Terps have received offense from several different sources.
    • Five Maryland players have over 40 points: Jessica Dorney (45 pts), Annie Collins (43), Brooke Richards (41), Delia Cox (40) and Katie Doolittle (40).
    • Seven players have at least 30 points, with Acacia Walker's 39 and Kelly Kasper's 36.
    • Six different Terps have game-winning goals this season, including three each from Brooke Richards and Katie Doolittle.

    Scouting Princeton
    • Princeton, winners of eight of its last 10, enter the tournament as the eighth seed with a record of 12-4.
    • The Tigers are 7-1 at home this season.
    • The Tigers are led by Lindsey Biles who has 49 goals and 13 assists this season. Biles has taken 109 of Princeton's 439 shots this season (roughly 25 percent). Elizabeth Pillion has missed the last three games -- including the Maryland game -- with a hamstring injury.
    • Katie Lewis-Lamonica stole the show for Princeton in its last meeting with Maryland, scoring five goals for the Tigers.
    • Kathleen Miller, who scored on a rocket free-position shot against the Terps, has 20 goals and 15 assists this season.
    • Sarah Kolodner, the winningest goalie in Princeton history, has 99 saves and is allowing 7.81 goals per game.
    • Maryland and Princeton have combined to win 10 of the last 11 national championships.
    • Princeton's coach is Chris Sailer who is in her 19th season with the Tigers. She has a career record of 246-77 record.

    Last Year At Princeton
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- Delia Cox scored six goals as No. 4 Maryland pushed No. 1 to the limit, but the Terps fell 8-7 in overtime Wednesday night at The Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers got the game-winning goal with just :17 left in the second overtime session to propel them to the victory.

    Cox was the primary source of offense for Maryland, with her six goals matching a career high that she set earlier this season against Syracuse.

    The Terps got on the board first when Cox beat the double team to get to the cage for the score in the game's fourth minute. From there, the Tigers dominated possession for the rest of the first half. Princeton benefited from a yellow card on Greta Sommers as Princeton scored three goals while one of Maryland's top defenders was on the sideline. In that run from 16:22-13:07, the Tigers won all three draw controls.

    Cox got the Terps within one to make the score 3-2 with 5:32 left in the half, but Sherry countered just :30 later as the Tigers took a 4-2 lead into the locker room.

    Princeton and Maryland, who average 14 goals per game - the most in the nation - combined for just six goals in the first half.

    Princeton took its biggest lead at 7-4 with 10 minutes remaining, but Cox had the answer for the Terps scoring twice to trim the Tiger lead to one. Brooke Richards got the equalizer at 7-7 after a nice one-on-one move just to the right of the cage freed her up for the goal with 6:12 remaining in the game.

    Meghan Higgins also helped the Terps maintain the momentum in their 3-0 run by helping Maryland control two of three draw controls down the stretch in regulation. In overtime, Higgins helped Maryland win two of the three draws.

    In the first overtime period, the Tigers won the draw control, but goalie Kirah Miles stopped two shots by Theresa Sherry from close range. On the ensuing Terp possession, Coppedge curled around the back of the cage and fired a shot but it was saved. Sherry got off a last-gasp effort as time expired, but Miles again able to make the save.

    The Terps took the draw in the second half, but the Tigers were able to force a turnover to start their offensive possession. After a thorough possession, Princeton was finally able to get the game-winner on a goal from Hardiman on a pass from Sherry. On the play, Sherry, behind the cage, found Hardiman cutting open through the fan for the score. The Terps won the draw, but were unable to get a good look at the goal as time expired.

    Maryland's Kelly Coppedge was held scoreless for the first time in 40 games.