April 18, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team heads to Orlando, Fla., this weekend for the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The tournament is part of the ACC Springfest -- which features conference championships in men's and women's lacrosse, track & field, golf and tennis -- and it will take place at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Terrapins are the tournament's No. 1 seed by way of their perfect conference record in the regular season. They will face off against fourth-seeded Virginia (0-3) in the tourney's opening game on Friday at 1:00 p.m. while second-seeded Duke (2-1) will square off with fourth-seeded North Carolina (1-2) at 3:30. The winners will play in a televised final at noon on Sunday.
Maryland (13-0, 3-0 ACC) enters the tournament playing its best lacrosse of the season after coming off of a week that saw it conquer four Top 20 teams in the span of seven days. After beating then 12th-ranked James Madison on Sunday, April 8, the Terps beat No. 9 William & Mary, No. 5 Georgetown (in Washington, D.C.) and No. 19 Johns Hopkins. In addition, Maryland's average margin of victory in the four games was over 11 goals (17.5 - 6.3).
In the Hopkins game, the Terrapins were challenged early but rattled off 16 unanswered goals in the second half to hand the Blue Jays a 24-5 defeat. Jen Adams set the school record for points in a game with 12, set a personal record for goals in a game with eight, and moved into the number two spot on the all-time NCAA points chart with 392. Adams is on pace to become the most prolific scorer in collegiate history by the end of the regular season.
With last week's 4-0 run, Maryland pushed its 2001 season-opening win streak to 13 and made it 33-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 63 outings.
A Look Back at Adams' Amazing Week
- Last week, senior Jen Adams had what may have been the most amazing week in the history of Maryland lacrosse. In the four games beginning on Sunday, April 8, versus James Madison, the two-time National Player of the Year notched 37 points (25 goals and 12 assists).
- Adams was Maryland's leading scorer in all four games (she has led the Terps in all but two games this year) and started the string with six goals and three assists versus JMU.
- Against William & Mary, the Brighton, So. Australia native had her "worst" game of the week, producing five goals and an assist.
- At No. 5 Georgetown, Adams scored almost half of the Terrapin's goals (6) and added four assists for her third double-digit points effort of the season. Among her six scores were a spinning backhand in front of the net and a shot from over 20 yards out that caught the goalie out of position.
- If her accomplishments coming into the weekend were not enough, Adams topped it all off by having the best game of her career. Against Johns Hopkins at Byrd Stadium and in front of a local television audience, Adams scored a career-high eight goals and added four assists to set the Maryland school record with 12 points.
- For her accomplishments, Adams was named National Player of the Week by Street & Smith's 360lacrosse.com and Inside Lacrosse magazine, as well as conference player of the week by the ACC.
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 182-12 (.938), have earned 10 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.
- 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 nine of the last 10 years. This year, the Terrapins will contend 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 258-52.
- 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 13-0 10+ Seasons at Maryland 182-12 (.938)
Terps All-Time at the ACCs
- Maryland has won three of the previous four Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournaments, with their lone stumble coming in a 12-10 loss to North Carolina in 1998. In each of those seasons, however, the Terrapins went on to claim the NCAA title.
Defense No Longer In Question
- Entering the 2001 season, there were few questions regarding the Terps and their needs. They returned arguably the strongest set of offensive players in the country (Adams, Comito, Carney, Hobbs, etc...) and there was no doubt that they would score. One of the lone questions was the defense as it lost National Defender of the Year Tonia Porras and National Goaltender of the Year (and current Terp volunteer assistant), Alex Kahoe. The Terrapins have answered those questions in resounding fashion.
- Through 13 games, Maryland is allowing an average of 6.15 goals per game, its lowest total since 1997. That year the team allowed 5.95 goals per contest but only scored 11.95 per game. This season, the Terps have averaged 15.69 goals per game.
- The 1996 season is the only year in recent lore that the Terrapins have had a better scoring differential as they outscored their opposition by 10.79 goals per game (largely due to a 3.63 goals against average). This season, Maryland is outscoring its opponents by 9.54 goals per game (15.69-6.15).
- Although the play of sophomore and first-year netminder Alexis Venechanos has been solid and has steadily improved as the year has progressed, the name of the game has been defense for the Terps. A comparison of the shot chart is most telling as Maryland has averaged 32.9 shots per game while holding its foes to 17 per contest.
- In their last three games, the Terps have held their opponents to an average of 12.3 shots per game.
Adams On Pace
- Through 13 games, Jen Adams has done all that has been expected of her and more for the Terrapins. The two-time defending National Player of the Year, Adams is leading Maryland (and the ACC) in goals (58), assists (37) and points (95) and is on pace to set the NCAA record for points by the end of the regular season. At her current pace of 7.3 points per game, Adams would enter the last game of the regular season (at Harvard) with 428 career points, seven better than the NCAA record of Karen Emas.
- Adams now stands second on the NCAA's all-time points list after breaking the career assist record early this season. The senior now needs just 29 points to become the all-time leading scorer in collegiate history.
- In the Terps' 13 games of `01, Adams has already set four career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the NCAA's all-time mark for assists. She also set the school's single game record for points (against Johns Hopkins) with 12.
- In addition to her exploits in the record books, Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. She has reached double digits in points four times (vs. Duke, at Penn State, at Georgetown and vs. JHU) and she has scored six goals or more five times.
- Adams entered the 2001 season as the favorite to claim National Player of the Year honors for the third straight year, as well as her third year as an All-American. She was selected as the favorite for Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women, and she earned preseason first team All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse, College Lacrosse USA and LaxPower.
- The Australian native finished the 2000 season as the NCAA's Division I leader in points per game (6.18), goals (81) and assists (55). Her totals for points (136), assists and goals were all single season records at Maryland and put her in good shape to own the school's career records in all three categories.
- In seven weeks of play this season, Adams has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week four times and has been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) twice.
- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000.
- 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 69 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 77-game collegiate career.
- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 63-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 Hits Century Mark
- With three assists against Johns Hopkins, All-American candidate Quinn Carney hit 100-assist plateau for her career. She became just the fourth Terrapin to accomplish that feat.
- Carney has been the Terps' top all-around player this year with the exception of Jen Adams and her numbers speak volumes. Through 13 games, the senior has scored 22 goals, notched 17 assists, scooped up 31 ground balls, caused 21 turnovers, controlled 27 draws and taken about 90 percent of the Terrapins' draws. In each of those categories, she ranks in the top four on the team.
Martinez Playing Well
- Senior Courtney Martinez has been one of the Terrapins' leaders this year from a defensive standpoint, despite the fact that she has had to fend off the injury bug. The Towson, Md., native started the season overcoming a knee injury and she recently injured her ankle, though she is not expected to miss any playing time from the injury.
- After starting the year as a reserve, Martinez has since started 10 straight games and has been stellar on defense. Despite not starting those first three games, she has worked her way into the team lead in caused turnovers with 31, she is tied for second on the squad in ground balls with 35 and is fifth on the team in draw controls with 11.
- Though she spends most of her time on defense, Martinez is not lacking as an offensive threat. She scored a goal against UMBC and has dished out three assists as well.
World Cup Terps
- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.
- Australians Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs have already made their country's team and will play at the tournament in High Wycombe, 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 has been atop of the national rankings for eight straight weeks. The Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 30 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth straight NCAA title.
- Three members of this year's Terp team have been nominated for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.
- Among the 15 women nominated for this year's award are Terrapins Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito.
Scouting The ACC TOURNAMENT
#2 Seed Duke
- The Blue Devils enter this year's tournament as the hottest team excluding the Terps. Duke (11-2, 2-1 ACC) has won eight straight games coming in including big games at Georgetown (8-7) and Virginia (14-10). Their lone losses of 2001 have come at the hands of last year's NCAA finalists -- Princeton and Maryland.
- The Blue Devils -- who are ranked fourth in the latest IWLCA poll -- are lead by head coach Kerstin Kimel, a 1993 graduate of Maryland who is in her sixth season with the team. She has a record of 56-40 at Duke. Prior to taking over at Duke in 1996, Kimel spent one year as the head coach at Davidson.
- Duke returned nine of 12 starters from last year's team. Its top two players this season have been sophomore Lauren Gallagher and junior Kate Kaiser. Gallagher (40) has notched one more point this year than Kaiser (39), but Kaiser has two more goals (31-29).
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 6-1, and took this year's meeting by an 18-11 margin. The Terps lone defeat in the series was a 10-6 loss at Durham in 1998. #3 Seed North Carolina
- North Carolina comes into this weekend's tournament having been the team that gave Maryland its biggest scare this season as it battled the Terps to the end in an 8-7 loss. UNC is currently ranked sixth by the IWLCA and has a 9-4 overall record (1-2 ACC). The Tar Heels' lone loss in their last seven games came to Georgetown on April 7th (14-9).
- Jenny Slingluff Levy (Virginia, `92) is in her sixth season with UNC and has put together a fine 70-28 record during her tenure. She has led the Heels to two NCAA Final Fours in her five previous years with the program.
- North Carolina won the ACC regular season last year with a 2-1 record as they handed the Terps their only defeat of the season on March 5 in Chapel Hill. The game was a 14-13 triple overtime win in game two of the 2000 season.
- The Tar Heels returned half (6) of their starters from last year's team. They have been led this season by junior Kellie Thompson who has racked up 46 points (35 goals, 11 assists).
- One name on the Tar Heel roster that may ring a bell to Terrapin fans is that of 13-game starter Nicole Foran. Foran is a midfieder and the sister of Maryland's starting defender, Tara Foran.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 7-3. The two teams split last year while Maryland won the lone meeting between the teams this season, 8-7, in College Park. #4 Seed Virginia
- The Terps and Cavaliers square off for the second time this year on Friday. Virginia is 8-5 (0-3 ACC) this season and ranked ninth in the latest IWLCA poll. The Cavs have won four of their last five games.
- Head coach Julie Myers (Virginia, `90) has run up a 81-28 record in her five-plus years in Charlottesville.
- Though they are on a roll of late, Virginia's struggles have come against ranked opponents in 2001. In eight games versus ranked competition, the Cavs have won just three times with the most significant win of the lot coming against then ninth-ranked Syracuse on March 3rd. On a positive note, they have not been beaten badly all season as their largest margin of defeat was just four in a 14-10 loss to Duke.
- The Cavaliers' have been led in scoring this season by Lauren Aumiller. The Baltimore native has scored 46 points on 33 goals and 13 assists. Jamie Haas and Molly Cangemi are second on the team in points with 37.
- Series Info: Maryland leads the all-time series, 25-7. The Terrapins have won each of the last 11 meetings while Virginia put up a strong fight in this year's 8-7 loss in Charlottesville. In that game, the Terps and Cavaliers were tied at the half marking the only game this year that the Terrapins did not lead at intermission.
Comito Moving Up The Charts
- Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Jen Adams' scoring sprees and record making has been the outstanding play of senior Allison Comito, who is making her way up the Maryland scoring charts as well.
- Comito, who is currently second on the team in scoring with 51 points (28 goals and 23 assists), recently made her way up to third on the Terrapins' all-time list in goals and into fourth in points. In the last few weeks, she has knocked her career totals up to 160 goals and 243 points, surpassing such Terrapin greats along the way as Christie Jenkins, Sascha Newmarch and current Maryland assistant coach Cathy Nelson.
- Midway into the season, Comito has found her stride and is again posting All-American numbers. In the Terrapins' last nine games she has accounted for 36 points (19 goals and 17 assists).
NCAA ASSIST RECORD FALLS
- In Maryland's 20-4 win over Brown (3/17), Jen Adams scored four goals and distributed three assists to lead all Terps with seven points. More notable, however, was the fact that Adams' third assist of the day was the 133rd of her career. That total broke both the Maryland and the NCAA records held by former Terrapin great Kelly Amonte (1993-96) who had 132.
- Adams is now at the top of the Maryland career charts for points, assists and goals. The next big record that could fall to the Australian native is the all-time NCAA points record as she currently stands second and needs 29 points to move to the top.
- The captains of this year's Maryland team are seniors Jen Adams and Tori Wellington. The pair were chosen after a vote was conducted by their teammates as representatives of this year's squad.
- 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 Favorites 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 30 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.