April 6, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team faces the James Madison University Dukes this Sunday at Ludwig Field in a game that will mark the start of one of the toughest series of the season for the Terrapins.
Maryland, which now stands at 9-0 on the season (3-0 ACC), will square off with the 12th-ranked Dukes and then follow that up with games against Top 20 opponents and local rivals William & Mary, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. All told, the Terps will square off with four ranked opponents in the span of seven days before preparing for the ACC Tournament which takes place a week later.
In this Sunday's game versus the Dukes, Maryland is seeking its 30th-straight win. The current streak dates back to March 5th of last year and it would be the longest for the Terps since running off 50-in-a-row between 1995 and 1997.
Last weekend, the Terrapins won both of their games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in University Park, Pa., and did so in style.
Against Penn State on Friday, Maryland won 14-8 behind a spectacular performance from Jen Adams. The senior standout scored a career-high tying seven goals and had a hand in each of the Terps first eight goals en route to a victory over the then 13th-ranked Nittany Lions.
On Sunday, the Terrapins combined a strong offensive effort with its most well-rounded defensive effort of the season to hand Ohio State a 19-2 defeat. A total of 10 Terrapins found the net against the Buckeyes while sophomore net minder Alexis Venechanos had one of her best games of the season, making a total of nine saves in the win.
There are several promotions for Sunday's game versus JMU. It is Honor Roll Day (honor students get in free), Girl Scouts Day and Recreation Centers Day (girl scouts, YMCA members and 4-H Club members are all eligible to purchase $2 tickets). In addition, there is a postgame clinic scheduled for youth teams which will be held by Terrapin players and coaches.
Comito Making Her Way 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 34 points (20 goals and 14 assists), recently made her way up to fifth on the Terrapins' all-time list in goals as well as in points. In the last two weeks, she has knocked her career totals up to 152 goals and 226 points, surpassing such Terrapin greats along the way as Christie Jenkins, Sascha Newmarch and current Maryland assistant coach Cathy Nelson. In fact, it was a bad week all around for Nelson in the record books as Quinn Carney also leap-frogged her and into eighth on the points list.
- Midway into the season, Comito has found her stride and is again posting All-American numbers. In the Terrapins' last three games, she has scored 10 goals and in her last five games she has accounted for 20 points.
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 178-12 (.937), 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 her arrival at Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable nine of the last 10 years. This year, Maryland 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 254-52.
- 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
1999 NCAA Champions 21-0
2000 NCAA Champions 21-1
10+ Seasons at Maryland 178-12 (.937)
Adams On Pace
- Through nine 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 in goals (35), assists (25) and points (58) and is on pace to set the NCAA record for points in her first game of postseason play. At her current pace of 6.44 points per game, Adams would complete the last game of the regular season (at Harvard) with 419 career points, one shy of the NCAA record of Karen Emas.
- In the Terrps' nine 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.
- In addition to her exploits in the record books, Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. Twice she has reached double digits in points (vs. Duke and at Penn State) with 10 and against the Nittany Lions last week, she tied her career high with seven goals.
- Adams entered the 2001 season as the favorite to claim 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 five weeks of play this season, Adams has twice been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week and has been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) for her play in separate weeks.
- Adams is also within striking distance of moving to the top of the NCAA record books. She will not likely set the record for goals, but could move into the Top 5 with a season similar to last. The assist record fell on March 17 versus Brown and she now needs 66 points to become the NCAA's all-time points leader.
- 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 65 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 69-game collegiate career.
- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 59-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.
Martinez Playing Well
- Senior Courtney Martinez opened the 2001 season nursing a knee injury and wondering just how much she would be able to play against Duke in the opener. Since that time, the Towson native has come on strong and has been one of the Terps' top defenders and all-around players.
- After beginning the season in a supporting role, Martinez has since started six 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 22, she is third on the squad in ground balls with 24 (just one behind Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs) and is fifth on the team in draw controls with nine.
- 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.
- 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 six straight weeks. The Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 28 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.
Shank Out For Season
- Sophomore defender Julie Shank will miss the remainder of the season after injuring her right knee prior to the Penn State game. Shank tore the miniscus in her knee before warmups and had surgery to repair the problem this past week. She had been strong coming off the bench this year, registering two goals and scooping up 13 ground balls.
- 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.
Scouting The Dukes
- James Madison enters Sunday's contest with the Terrapins with a 6-4 record. The 12th-ranked Dukes have struggled of late, however, losing three of their last four including an 18-8 loss to Virginia last weekend.
- Head coach Jennifer Ulehla is in her seventh season at James Madison. The 1991 Maryland graduate owns a 77-41 record in her tenure in Harrisonburg. As a Terp, she was a two-time All-American (`90 and `91) and a part of a pair of NCAA runner-up teams during those years. She also captained Maryland's field hockey team in 1990.
- The Dukes have been led in scoring this year by Kristen Dinisio with 26 points (23 goals). Lisa Staedt is a close second with 23 points and 20 goals of her own. Goalie Jennifer Corradini has been solid with a .540 save percentage (101 saves, 86 goals).
- JMU has had three common opponents with the Terps this year. The Dukes got a nice win (14-11) at Penn State (3/10) and beat Old Dominion (9-6), but fell 15-6 to Virginia last Saturday at home. The Penn State win was their only victory in three tries on the road this season.
- Series Info: The Terps and Dukes have met every year since 1974 (the first year of lacrosse at Maryland) and the Terps own a 34-2 lead in the series. Maryland beat JMU by nine at home last year but in the last meeting in College Park, the Dukes pushed the Terps to overtime only to fall by a 12-11 margin.
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 fourth and needs 66 points to move to the top.
- 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 Favorite 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 28 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.