TERPS OPEN 98 AGAINST TWO ACC TEAMS: Maryland opens its 1998 campaign the same as it did in 1996--at Duke and at North Carolina. The Terps easily defeated the two teams two years ago, as Kelly Amonte scored four goals in the 14-2 win over the Tar Heels and four goals in the 12-1 win over Duke. In last years contest with the two teams, Maryland handed Duke a 13-2 loss and defeated the Tar Heels 10-8.
1997 RECAP: Last year marked the Terrapins 18th trip to the NCAA Championship, and their third NCAA title in as many years. The Terps finished last year with a record-setting 21 wins and only one loss. They saw their consecutive-game win streak extend to 50 games, the longest streak in Division I mens and womens lacrosse, after they defeated Virginia in the ACC championship game. Sarah Forbes received the ACC Female Athlete of the Year award and earned her third All-America selection as well as being named the NCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year.
THIS YEARS SENIOR CLASS: Seniors Sascha Newmarch, Cathy Nelson, Noelle Mitchell, Kathleen Lund and Annamarie Piccioni: *have won three national championships *have an accumulated record of 57-1 *consist of three All-Americans *scored 40 percent of the Terrapins total points *include the top two returning scorers from last year
WINNING WAYS: Marylands seniors enter the 1998 season with a 57-1 record (98.3 winning percentage); its juniors with a 40-1 record (97.6 winning percentage); its sophomores are 21-1 (a 95.5 winning percentage).
KAHOE RETURNS AS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD HOLDER: Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe enters the 1998 season as Marylands single-season record holder in saves. The Pennsylvania native recorded 233 saves last year, surpassing the old record of 212 by Denise Wescott during the 1979 season.
KAHOE, PART II: Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe was named as the co-Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie and Goalie of the Year last season. She was one of only two freshman nationally to rank within the top five in both goals against average and save percentage. She finished sixth in goals against average with a 5.98 average and finished seventh in save percentage with a .644 percentage.
TIMCHAL VS. DUKE AND UNC: Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal owns a 3-0 record vs. Duke and a 2-0 record vs. North Carolina.
TERRAPINS REUNITE: When Maryland visits Duke and North Carolina this weekend, it will be a reunion between former Maryland players who are now coaching at the two schools. Former Terps Kerstin Manning-Kimel, Kirsten Kruhm and Theresa Ingram are coaching at Duke, while Randall Goldsborough, who just last year stood on the Maryland sidelines as a student-assistant coach, is an assistant coach at North Carolina.
THREE FORTY GOAL SCORERS: Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson (43 goals) and Sascha Newmarch (49 goals) joined former Terrapin Sarah Forbes (58) to form the first trio in school history to score at least 40 goals each in a single season.
TERPS TENACIOUS DEFENSE: Marylands defense will look to continue its tough, tenacious defense from last season. The Terps held their opponents to less than 6.0 goals per game.
TERPS VS. RANKED TEAMS: Maryland was 14-1 vs. ranked teams last season and defeated seven straight ranked opponents to end the year. The Terps defeated 31 of their last 32 opponents which have been ranked within the IWLCA/Brine Top-15, and are 56-1 as the nations No. 1-ranked team in the last three seasons.
DID YOU KNOW...
...The Maryland womens lacrosse team has been ranked No. 1 in 24 consecutive IWLCA/Brine polls dating back to the 1994 season.
...Maryland has won at least 10 games in 21 consecutive seasons, a Division I womens lacrosse record.
...Maryland is the only team in NCAA Division I womens lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships.
...Marylands six national championships are the most by any school.
...The Terps have had at least one All-American every year since 1980.