April 27, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland Terrapins will pursue their sixth ACC Tournament title this weekend at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps, seeded third in the tournament and ranked eighth in the country, will take on second-seeded Virginia in a re-match of last year's semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m.
On the other side of the bracket, Duke will take on the winner of Thursday's contest between North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels defeated the Hokies in the regular season, 12-10. Duke also defeated the Hokies (20-7), but lost in the regular season to UNC, 12-11.
GameTracker will be available for all games this weekend. Follow the tournament all weekend long by visiting the Women's ACC Tournament Central. Live audio for Maryland's games will be on www.wmucsports.com.
The championship game will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South.
Annie Collins, Delia Cox, Greta Sommers and Kirah Miles have earned All-ACC Tournament honors in their careers. Cox and Miles were named to the All-ACC Tourney squad a season ago, Collins earned the honor on Maryland's way to its last title in 2003, and Sommers was named to the team in 2002.
Maryland has won five of the eight ACC Tournaments. The Terps took home the title in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
The Terps are 11-3 all-time at the tournament.
Virginia's win over Maryland last season was the first for the `Hoos at the ACC Tournament over Maryland. North Carolina is the only other team to defeat the Terps at the ACC Tourney.
No team seeded lower than second has ever won the ACC Tournament. However, the third seed has advanced to the finals three times. This is Maryland's second time as the tournament's third seed (last year was the other).
Maryland enters the tournament on a three-game winning streak, all against ranked opponents. Most recently, the Terps defeated No. 13 Syracuse 20-4 in one of their most impressive performances of the season. The Terps have scored 46 goals in the last three games.
Maryland senior Annie Collins became the third Terp in as many weeks to earn ACC Player of the Week honors on April 25 after her career-high seven point performance against No. 13 Syracuse on Sunday. Collins joins Delia Cox and Greta Sommers as ACC Player of the Week honorees. She scored a career-best five goals and two assists, and added a team-high four ground balls.
Last Year At The ACC Tournament
Kirah Miles stopped 17 shots and the Terp defense held ACC Player of the Year Amy Appelt to just two goals, but it wasn't enough as Maryland fell to Virginia, 9-7. The Terps led by scores of 5-1 and 6-2 in the first half and went into the intermission with a 6-3, but the `Hoos rallied in the second half. Appelt helped ignite the UVa rally with a pair of quick scores to start the second half. The Cavs ended up with a 7-0 run that spanned the halves that proved to be the difference. Laura Warren scored the only Maryland goal in the second half.
Delia Cox and Kirah Miles were named to the All-Tournament team. Cox had two goals against UVa, and Miles had 17 saves.
All seven of Maryland's goals were unassisted.
Maryland and Virginia have played seven times in the ACC Tournament, with the Terps winning six of those seven meetings. Three of those meetings were in the finals (Maryland who all three). UVa's first win over Maryland at the ACC Tournament came last season.
The Terps are 2-0 against Duke, and are 3-2 against UNC.
Maryland's opponent in its last three ACC Tournament games has been UVa. The Terps defeated Virginia in the finals in 2003, lost to the `Hoos in the semifinals in 2004 and will square off again on Friday.
The Terps have advanced to the finals in six of the eight years of the tournament. Maryland is 6-2 in the opening round and 5-1 in the finals.
Terps All-Time At The ACC Tournament
1997.......#1 Maryland d. #4 Duke, 14-4 ...........#1 Maryland d. #3 Virginia, 11-10 1998.......#1 North Carolina d. #4 Maryland, 12-10 1999.......#1 Maryland d. #4 North Carolina, 19-17 (ot) ...........#1 Maryland d. #3 Virginia, 16-6 2000.......#2 Maryland d. #3 Virginia, 8-6 ...........#2 Maryland d. #1 North Carolina, 17-6 2001.......#1 Maryland d. #4 Virginia, 7-6 ...........#1 Maryland d. #2 Duke, 15-12 2002.......#4 Maryland d. #1 Virginia, 15-12 ...........#2 North Carolina d. #4 Maryland, 11-10 2003.......#1 Maryland d. #4 North Carolina, 13-5 ...........#1 Maryland d. #3 Virginia, 11-6 2004.......#2 Virginia d. #3 Maryland, 9-7
Kirah vs. Virginia
In three meetings against Virginia, Kirah Miles has had double-digit saves in each of the games.
Last season, Miles had 17 saves in both meetings against the `Hoos - her career high.
This season, though, Miles had 11 saves for the Terps. However, she also surrendered 15 goals against UVa - the most in her career.
In three games, Miles has made 45 saves (15 per game), and has a goals-against average of 11.33.
Flexing The Depth
The Terp depth is now coming through with offensive sparks off the bench. In the win over sixth-ranked North Carolina, the bench chipped in three goals and contributed three of the team's six assists -- including two from Krista Pellizzi. Kelly Kasper had a goal and one assist and Casey Magor, who also contributed four draw controls, found the back of the net as well against the Tar Heels.
Against the Orange, eight different Terps scored goals as Kasper added four goals and Pellizzi also notched a score off the bench for the Terps. Magor and O'Brien, who were thrust into the starting lineup, each scored a goal as well.
Sommers, Cox, and Collins Earn ACC Player of the Week Honors
Maryland's Greta Sommers, Delia Cox and Annie Collins were named back-to-back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week on April 11, April 18 and April 25.
Sommers, a senior defender from Chesterstown, Md., led the Terrapins against No. 4 Georgetown and No. 12 Johns Hopkins. On defense, Sommers stopped two of the nation's best scorers while also tallying a career high three points against Georgetown. On the week, Sommers recorded three goals and one assist for four points along with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls.
Cox was named the week's ACC and Inside Lacrosse Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for leading the Terps to a 14-7 win over No. 6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The junior midfielder scored four goals and registered one assist as ninth-ranked Maryland downed No. 6 North Carolina, 14-7. The Newbury, Mass., native also recorded three ground balls and one draw control as well as a season-high five points.
Collins earned the honor after scoring a career-high seven points against No. 13 Syracuse. The Ellicott City, Md., native also netted a career-high five goals and added a game-best four ground balls in the win over the Orange.
Virginia, the defending ACC and NCAA champions, enter the tournament with a 12-3 record. The Cavs went 3-1 in ACC play, but lost the tiebreaker to Duke based on head-to-head meetings.
UVa is led by Amy Appelt, who is the reigning ACC and National Player of the Year. This season, Appelt has 72 points on 42 goals and 30 assists. Tyler Leachman has taken some of the offensive burden off of Appelt scoring a team-best 47 goals this season. After those players, the offensive production drops a bit with Cary Chasney (38 points) and Kate Breslin (25 points).
The Virginia defense has held 11 of its 15 opponents to single-digit scoring (including Maryland on March 8). Elizabeth Pinney leads the team with 18 caused turnovers, followed closely by Molly Urlock (16).
Ginger Miles has been solid in the cage for UVa in her first season as a starter. She is among the ACC's leaders in goals-against average (7.61) and averages over eight saves per game.
The `Hoos have won four straight against Maryland, going back to the 2003 national semifinals. UVa won both meetings last season and defeated the Terps 15-8 earlier in the year.