May 16, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The top-ranked University of Maryland women's lacrosse team will take on Princeton University this Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the first national semifinal of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The meeting between the Terrapins and Tigers is a rematch of the 2000 national championship game, a contest which saw the Terps victorious by a 16-6 margin en route to their sixth straight NCAA title.
Princeton (14-4) enters this weekend at the peak of what has been a roller coaster ride of late. Of the four games leading into this year's tourney (Dartmouth, Maryland, Brown and Georgetown), the Tigers lost three, all of which came at the hands of this year's other three Final Four participants. In their two tournament games, however, they have been outstanding beating Cornell (14-4) before getting the proverbial monkey off of their back at Dartmouth (10-4), a place they had lost three straight times previous.
By way of their 19-0 regular season record and number one national ranking by the IWLCA, the Terrapins earned the top seed in this year's tournament. That seed, however, has not meant an easy ride for the Terps as Monmouth made a game of it for a half in the tournament's first round while ninth-seeded James Madison gave Maryland its biggest scare of the season in the quarterfinals.
In those opening rounds, Maryland (21-0, 3-0 ACC) overcame the possibilities of upset with strong team play and, in the case of the JMU game, intestinal fortitude. Against the Hawks of Monmouth, the Terps held the slimmest of halftime leads at 8-7, but opened scoring with five straight second-half goals. After Monmouth answered with a pair of goals, Maryland then held the Hawks scoreless for the game's final 19:33 to run away with a 23-9 victory. The story of the game was senior Jen Adams who notched four goals and six assists and, with her second point of the day, became the most prolific points scorer in the history of women's collegiate lacrosse.
Against James Madison, the Terrapins jumped out early with a 5-1 lead, but were brought back down to earth with a 26-plus minute scoreless spurt. In that time, JMU took a halftime lead (just the second time this year that Maryland has trailed at intermission) and ultimately carried a 9-8 lead into the game's final minutes. Adams tied the score on an unassisted backhand goal with 1:35 left while a JMU defender accidentally scooped the ball into her own goal with 0:18 for the gamewinner. An 11-9 win was the outcome after Courtney Hobbs added a goal for good measure with 0:11 left.
With last week's wins, Maryland pushed its 2001 win streak to 21 and made it 41-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 71 outings.
Adams Breaks All-Time Scoring Record
- With her second point against Monmouth -- an assist to Allison Comito -- in the NCAA's first round, senior Jen Adams became most prolific scorer in the history of collegiate women's lacrosse. The assist gave her 421 points for her career, breaking the mark of 420 held by Delaware's Karen Emas (1981-84).
- Emas is the all-time record holder for collegiate women's lacrosse. She played in the NCAA, AIAW and USWLA thus making the record an all-time collegiate record, not just NCAA.
- After 14 points last week, Adams now has 433 for her career. The closest player to Adams' numbers in the past 10-plus years is Maryland's Kelly Amonte (1993-96) whose Terrapin career record of 319 points was broken by Adams early this season. For more on Adams, see page 3 of this release.
The Drive for Seven
- This year's NCAA Tournament signifies Maryland's run at a seventh straight NCAA title and the school's 10th national championship overall. The Terrapins' current streak of championships began in 1995 and their overall list of titles includes the 1981 (AIAW), `86 and `92 seasons as well.
- Maryland is 39-12 all-time in postseason tournaments (AIAW and NCAA) with its last loss coming in the finals of the 1994 NCAA Tournament. The Terps have won 18-straight NCAA Tournament games and are 27-8 all-time in NCAA postseason play.
More NCAA Notables
- The Terrapins are playing for their seventh straight NCAA title. Their six consecutive titles are the longest string of any Division I women's team in the nation. Their seventh title would match the feat of John Wooden's UCLA Bruins from 1967-73. The longest current Division I streak is held by the Arkansas men's track team which has run off 12 consecutive NCAA Championships.
- The Terps' trip to this year's Final Four is their 12th-in-a-row. In addition, they have played in the championship game 10 out of the last 11 years.
- Maryland was 13-0 versus this year's NCAA Tournament field and played two teams twice (Virginia and Duke). In addition, they are 3-0 against the teams remaining in the Final Four.
- Starting defender Megan Kelly has three NCAA Championships and six ACC Championships under her belt in her three-year career as a Terp. The Maryland native moonlights on the Terrapin field hockey team that won the 1998, `99 and 2001 ACC Championships and was crowned the 1999 NCAA Champions. Kelly was also part of the Terp squad that won the 1999 and 2000 NCAA women's lacrosse championships, as well as the 1999, 2000 and 2001 ACC women's lacrosse championships.
- With their wins at Dartmouth and Harvard two weeks ago, the Terrapins finished the 2001 regular season undefeated, marking 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.
- The Terps are now seeking their second undefeated season (including the NCAAs) in the last three years. Should they accomplish that feat, it would be just the fourth time in school history joining the teams from 1995, 1996 and 1999.
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 190-12 (.941), have earned 11 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 10 of the last 11 years. The Terrapins are now contending 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 266-52 (.836).
- 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 21-0 10+ Seasons at Maryland 190-12 (.941)
- Despite the fact that four of the top eight seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament were ACC teams, only one -- Maryland -- remains. What that means is that this year's group of Terrapins will either finish their career with the most impressive non-conference streak possible or they will finish it with a single blemish.
- At the national championships, Maryland will look to improve on its success -- which is astounding -- against non-conference foes in the last four years. This year's group of seniors have run up a 63-0 record in their tenure versus non-conference competition. The last loss to a non-ACC foe was to Loyola in 1997.
The Amazing Aussie
- With no more than two games remaining in her amazing career, Jen Adams has done everything that could have been asked of her and more. In 2001, she is leading Maryland in goals (84), assists (53) and points (137) and has set the all-time collegiate points record (the original record was 420 set by Karen Emas (1981-84) of Delaware).
- With her first goal against James Madison, Adams also broke her own Maryland record for goals in a season (81) and with her game-tying goal with 1:35 left, she broke the collegiate single-season points record that she set a year ago (136).
- Entering tournament play, she was also leading NCAA Division I in points per game (6.78), second in goals per game (4.28) and third in assists per game (2.50). In addition, she was tied for 10th in draw controls per game with 2.67.
- Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. She has reached double digits in points six times (vs. Duke, at Penn State, at Georgetown, vs. JHU, vs. Loyola and vs. JMU) and she has scored six goals or more six 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 leads the team lead in ground balls (66) and draw controls with 58, while she is second in caused turnovers with 35.
- Of the 21 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 four games.
- As the Terrapins prepare for the national semifinals, Adams stands 15 goals and 14 assists from having the top single season efforts in collegiate history in each of those categories. Attainable marks in the next game include the number four spot in goals (88) and her own number two spot in assists (55).
- In the Terps' 21 games of `01, Adams has already set five career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the all-time collegiate marks for points and 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 76 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 85-game collegiate career.
- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 71-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 Makes Collegiate 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.
- Last week, Carney moved into the Top 10 in collegiate lacrosse history with 108 assists (she is currently tied for 10th). She also moved into sole possession of third on Maryland's career list, trailing only Jen Adams and Kelly Amonte.
World Cup Bound
- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in 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 spent all 11 weeks atop the national polls this season. Overall, the Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 32 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth straight NCAA title.
Three Terps Named STX All-Stars
- Three Maryland players -- Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito -- were recently named Senior All-Stars for the Division I South Region by STX for their play in the 2001 season. The trio top the list in scoring for Maryland and have accounted for 246 of the Terrapins' 425 points this year.
- Coach Cindy Timchal was selected as the South squad's coach along with Bloomsburg's Kathy Frick and Timchal will coach her players -- along with the 17 others selected to the South team -- on June 9th at the all-star game which is the feature event of the 2001 STX Festival at Johns Hopkins.
- At the ACC Tournament (April 20-22), 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.
- Two members of this year's Terp team -- Jen Adams and Quinn Carney -- have been named finalists for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.
- Maryland placed two of its three nominees on the final ballot as senior Allison Comito was also among the 15 nominees. In addition to Adams and Carney, the finalists for the award are Georgetown's Sheehan Stanwick, Princeton's Julie Shaner and Duke's Kate Kaiser.
Scouting The Tigers
- Fifth-seeded Princeton and top-seeded Maryland have quite a history between them. Most recently, the two teams battled in College Park with the Terps coming out on top, 7-6. Last season, the duo met in the national finals with Maryland winning its sixth straight title, 16-6. In addition, Friday's meeting will be the sixth between the two teams in the Final Four with Maryland holding a 3-2 advantage going in.
- The Tigers are 14-4 in 2001 after starting the season 11-1. Princeton beat Cornell (14-4) and Dartmouth (10-4) on their road to the Final Four, but if there is a concern, it is in the names in its loss column. That is because of the Tigers' four losses this year, three have come at the hands of the other three teams left in the tournament -- Loyola (13-9, Mar. 11), Maryland (7-6, Apr. 25) and Georgetown (15-10, May 5). Their only other loss was avenged in their win over Dartmouth to advance to this weekend's play.
- The Tigers are led by head coach Chris Sailer (Harvard, `81). Sailer is in her 14th year at Princeton and owns a 180-65 record in her tenure. She led the Tigers to a 15-4 record and number two ranking a year ago.
- Princeton's leading scorer this season has been Lauren Simone who has notched 58 points behind 37 goals and 21 assists. She is one of six Tigers with 20 points or more. Princeton's second-leading scorer, Kim Smith, had the best game in the first meeting between the Tigers and Terps as she had a hat trick, followed by a pair by Simone.
- In the cage for the Tigers is Meghan McInnes who has started all 18 games this season. She has posted 117 saves versus 126 goals against for a .481 save percentage. She is allowing 7.26 goals per game in 1,042 minutes.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series 16-3 and has won each of the last nine meetings including a 7-6 win at College Park this year and a 16-8 win in last year's NCAA finals. Princeton's last win was in 1994 and two of its three wins against the Terps have come in the national finals (1994) or semifinals (1993).
- 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.
Terps Favorite To Repeat
- Maryland entered the 2001 season as the favorite to repeat -- for the sixth consecutive time -- as NCAA champion. The Terrapins have held the number one spot in each of the first two IWLCA polls and were picked by several publications in the preseason to repeat as champ. Among the publications picking the Terps are College Lacrosse USA, Inside Lacrosse, LaxPower and Sports Illustrated for Women.
- The Terrapins entered this season having won six straight national titles. Last year, 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 32 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.