Feb. 1, 2000
College Park, Md. - Four members of the Maryland women's lacrosse team have received preseason first-team All-American recognition from LaxPower, with two others gaining honorable mention honors as well. Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia), Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.), Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.), and Kristen Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) are all first-team selections, while Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) and Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) were named honorable mention selections. The announcement with less then a month before Maryland will begin to defend its national title, and contest for the team's sixth straight NCAA Championship.
Adams was the leading scorer for the 1999 NCAA National Champions. For her outstanding season, she received the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's National Player of the Year Award, as well as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year award from College Lacrosse USA. An All-American, Adams was the NCAA leader in goals scored last season, and was the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Division I Championships. In addition to those accolades already mentioned, Adams earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in only her sophomore year at Maryland.
A second-year captain for the Terrapins, Kahoe has been the starting goalie for the Terps for the past three years and has compiled a 64.3 save percentage for her career (749 saves, 417 goals against). Last year she allowed only 139 goals in the Terrapins' undefeated 21-0 season. In last year's double-overtime win against Princeton, she tied her career-high 21 saves, which was previously set against Virginia in the 1998 NCAA Championship game.
Jenkins has started every game in her three-year career with the Terps. A second-year co-captain with Kahoe, Jenkins was the 1999 ACC Player of the Year and was the team's second-leading scorer last season (55 goals and 30 assists). For her career, she has 161 points (111 goals and 50 assists). Jenkins and Kahoe are also part of the U.S. Developmental Team.
Sommar, the third and final captain for the Terps this season, totaled 44 goals and 24 assists during her 1999 campaign. A two-time first-team All-American, Sommar has 67 goals and 47 assists for her Terp career. The Pennsylvania native is also a member of the U.S. Elite squad.
A junior midfielder, Carney is an honorable mention selection from LaxPower and enters this season with 49 goals and 40 assists to her credit. A native of Flemington, N.J., she had 45 of her 49 career goals and 27 of her 40 career assists in her 1999 breakout season. No longer one of the many well-kept secrets in head coach Cindy Timchal's offense, Carney was a third-team Brine/IWLCA selection last season.
The lone Maryland defender to receive preseason honors from LaxPower, Porras was a first-team All-American last season and led a defense that gave up only 6.74 goals per game. Porras and the Maryland defense held their opponents to six goals or less in 11 of 21 contests last season, including holding No. 2 Virginia to just six goals in the National Championship game.
Maryland begins this season's action with an exhibition game against the Japan Athletic University on Feb. 29 at 4:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terrapins kick off their regular season on the road on Fri., March 3 at Duke at 7 p.m., and Sun., March 5 at North Carolina. That game begins at 1 p.m.