March 13, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland (4-1, 1-1 ACC) women's lacrosse team will face a tough test this Tuesday when the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) come to College Park for the Terps' final ACC regular-season game of the year. The Terrapins and Cavaliers share a rivalry in almost every sport, being the Northern most schools of the nine Atlantic Coast Conference institutions, but the competitiveness between the women's lacrosse programs is unparalleled. Virginia will become one of only three schools that the Terps have faced 30 or more times in the program' s 26th-year history on Tuesday. Maryland' s meeting with Penn State last week was the 35th time the Lions and Terps faced-off, and this season' s game against James Madison will mark the 36th time the Dukes will square-off against Maryland, the most of any team. Tuesday's game with Virginia is meeting No. 30 between the rivals. Maryland leads the Cavs 22-7 in the series, and will put its 21-game home win streak on the line Tuesday night.
A Look at the Cavaliers
Virginia enters Tuesday's game with a 4-0 record, earning wins against Richmond (12-4), Syracuse (16-5), Old Dominion (15-6), and UMBC (14-5). The Terps/Cavs match-up is the first ACC game Virginia will play this season. The Cavalier offense is led by Jamie Haas and Amy Fromal , who each have 10 goals apiece. Mills Hook and Lauren Aumiller are close behind the 10-goal pair with nine goals and four assists each. Frances Segarra has started every game in the nets for the Cavs for a .667 save percentage and a 4.29 goals-against average. The senior has a .548 career save percentage and a 6.63 career goals-against average. Virginia has a +9.25 scoring margin this season in its first four games. The Cavs
have faced two ranked teams before Tuesday' s game. Virginia downed No. 16 Syracuse 15-6 and No. 19 Old Dominion 15-6. Both games were home contests for the Cavs.
The Maryland/Virginia Series
Maryland holds a 22-7 edge on the Cavaliers entering Tuesday night's game, winning the last 14 straight. The Terps defeated the Cavaliers three times last season, 13-3 during the regular season, 15-13 for the ACC crown and 16-6 for the national championship. The two teams last meeting at Ludwig Field was March 18, 1998. Maryland won that game as well, taking the Cavs by three goals in a 11-8 win. Virginia has not beaten the Terps since the NCAA title game on May 19, 1991, when the Cavaliers took the championship with the 8-6 win. The Terps dropped two to the Cavs that year, which was also current head coach Cindy Timchal's
first year with Maryland. The Terps came back to beat the Cavs twice the
next season, including an 8-6 overtime win in the national semifinals en
route to Timchal's first of six championships with the Terps.
Amazing Adams and the Terps' Big O
Maryland's Jen Adams (Marino, Australia) leads the nation in scoring this week with 27 points in the first five games. Adams scored 18 points
last week, including a six-goal game against Syracuse on Sunday to round
out the week's action. She totalled 15 goals and three assists over three games between March 7-12. The Terrapin offense overall has been as good as ever, averaging 17.4 goals per game. Last week, Maryland averaged 20 goals per game in three contests. In 1999, the Terps led the nation with a 15.8 average when the
team went a perfect 21-0 en route to its fifth straight national championship. To date, that's a 1.6 goals per game improvement this year.
Terps in the National Rankings
In addition to being ranked the top team in the nation by the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, Maryland also has several other individuals at the top of the charts nationally. Junior Jen Adams is ranked No. 1 in points (27) and goals (21), and also sits sixth on the assists chart (6). Junior Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) is five goals behind Adams with
22 and is tied with Howard's Marguerite Lanaux for No. 2 in the nation. Comito and Lanaux are tied for third nationally with 15 goals each, with
Comito in a dead heat for third on the assists chart with seven. Junior Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) leads the nation in assists with
10, is tied for eighth in goals with 11 and is tied for fourth in points
with Howard's Lafawn Harrison with 21. Rounding out the Terps' national leaders, Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) is the nation' s seventh-ranked goalie with a 20.50 rating. The lax.com goalie ratings take the goalie' s save percentage times the number of saves. Kahoe has a .594 save percentage and 60 saves this season, including 15 against Syracuse and 13 against Penn State.
Egan Out for Season
Starting attack Meredith Egan (Maplewood, N.J.) suffered a tear to her anterior cruciate ligament during the second half of the Towson game last Tuesday, and will miss the rest of the season due to the injury in her right knee. Egan netted two goals against both Duke and North Carolina for a four-goal start. She also pitched in one assist each in the Duke and Carolina contests. Meg McNamara (East Northport, N.Y.) has started in Egan' s place the past two games.
Terp Career Firsts
Several Terps played in their first collegiate contest ever against Towson, with Julie Shank (Arnold, Md.) coming up with a her first collegiate goal. Key reserve Sonia Judd (Darlington, South Australia) also scored the first goal of her career at the 1:53 mark of the first half. Kristin Crawford (Arnold, Md.) continued the career firsts against Penn
State, netting her first career goal, with Bridget Frand (Ellicott City, Md.) coming up with her first Terrapin goal as well. Loyola Terrapin Katie Robinson (Davidsonville, Md.) and Judd also tallied their
first assists ever in a Maryland uniform.
Top Three Terps
|at North Carolina||3||1||4|
|vs. Penn State||4||0||4|
|at North Carolina||1||3||4|
|vs. Penn State||3||0||3|
|National Rank *||3t||3t||2t|
|at North Carolina||2||1||3|
|vs. Penn State||1||2||3|
|National Rank *||8t||1||3t|
* National statistical rankings according to lax.com
2000 ACC STANDINGS
Upcoming ACC Action:
|Mar. 14:||Virginia||at||Maryland,||7 p.m.|
|Mar. 15:||Duke||at||Princeton,||7 p.m.|
|Mar. 17:||Duke||at||Hofstra,||7 p.m.|
|Virginia||at||Penn State,||3 p.m.|
|North Carolina||vs.||Boston University||1, 7 p.m.|
|Mar. 19:||N.Carolina||at||George Mason,||1 p.m.|
Last Week's ACC Action: