No. 5 Maryland Plays Host To Richmond On Saturday

March 2, 2006

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The fifth-ranked Maryland Terrapin women's lacrosse team returns to College Park to take on the Richmond Spiders Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. Fans can follow the game though GameTracker at

    The Terps (2-2, 0-1 ACC) have been off since last Saturday's loss against Duke, while Richmond improved to 1-1 on the year with an 8-7 win against Virginia on Wednesday.

    Maryland will be the third-straight ACC opponent for Richmond this season. The Spiders opened the season ranked 18th in the country by Inside Lacrosse and are currently receiving votes.

    The Terps defeated Richmond, 14-6, last year on the road. Maryland built a 10-3 first half lead on its way to the victory. Delia Cox netted a hat trick against the Spiders, and Brooke Richards scored a game-high four points on two goals and two assists. (Read the complete recap and box score from last year's game.)

    Terp Tidbits
    Delia Cox has six assists in just four games this year, matching her career high for assists in a season. Cox is second in the ACC in points per game (4.50).
    Allie Buote set her career-high in saves against Duke (10).
    • Eight different players have scored goals for the Terps this year.
    • Maryland's two losses have come against the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in the country. Despite those losses, Maryland has not wavered in its spot (5th) in the Inside Lacrosse/Bounce Media poll.
    • Beginning with the game against Richmond, Maryland will play seven of its next eight games in College Park. The Terps will play all but one game at home in the month of March.
    • For the third straight season, Maryland is 2-2 after its first four games.
    • In the Terps two losses, the team has failed to score double digits. However, in each of those losses, Maryland had a 4-1 lead at some point in the game.

    The Week That Was
    • The Terps split a pair of games last week knocking off George Mason but falling to No. 2 Duke.
    • Against the Patriots, Delia Cox scored five goals to lead the Terps to a 13-6 victory. Maryland outscored GMU 8-4 in the second half, with two of the Patriots' goals coming late in the game. Kelly Kasper and Krista Pellizzi added three points on the offensive effort. Kasper and Cox led the team with three caused turnovers each.
    • Against the Blue Devils, Maryland got out to an early 4-1 lead, but Duke rallied and came away with a 9-7 win in Durham. After scoring four goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, Maryland's offense was held without a score for nearly 40 minutes.
    • Cox again led the charge for Maryland with three goals for the Terps.
    • Sophomore goalie Allie Buote came up with a career-high 10 saves against Duke. The Terp defense also held 2005 Tewaaraton winner Katie Chrest to one goal (via free-position). After a Duke goal just three minutes into the second half, the Terp defense clamped down and did not allow a goal the rest of the way.

    Scouting The Spiders
    • Richmond enters Saturday's game with a 1-1 record on the year. After a season-opening loss to Duke, the Spiders responded with an 8-7 upset victory over No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday. It was the first win over UVa in 20 years for Richmond.
    • The Spiders are paced offensively by the Friend sisters, Mandy and Ashley. Each player has scored five goals and one assist on the year. Ashley scored three late goals against UVa to help propel the Spiders to victory.
    • After a rough outing against Duke in which she surrendered 18 goals, senior goalkeeper Jackie Swansburg came up with 20 stops on Wednesday against Virginia.

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    Cox, Kasper On Tewaaraton Watch List
    • Maryland's Delia Cox and Kelly Kasper are among the 30 players on the 2006 Tewaaraton Watch List. This preseason list highlights the players to watch, as all NCAA Division I, II and III players vie for the highest individual honor in the sport. The players on the list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions.
    • Both players are off to strong starts in 2006. Cox leads the team with 18 points on 12 goals and six assists through three games. Her six assists are already a career best for a season.
    • Kasper is second on the team with 11 points on seven goals and four assists. She also leads the team in caused turnovers with 12.

    Terps Up For NCAA Anniversary Team
    • As part of the NCAA's celebration of the 25th Anniversary of NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships, the NCAA is selecting an Anniversary team. Fifteen Maryland Terrapin players and head coach Cindy Timchal are eligible to be selected on the 12-person team.
    • Fans can vote to select the team here. Information about all players and their honors can also be found on that page. A most outstanding individual student-athlete will also be determined.
    Jen Adams, Kelly Amonte, Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Betsy Elder, Anysia Fedec, Celine Flynn, Sarah Forbes, Laura Harmon, Christine Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, Cathy Nelson, Sascha Newmarch, Kristin Sommar and Tracy Stumpf are among the 45 player eligible to be selected.
    • Head coach Cindy Timchal, who has won eight NCAA titles with the Terps, is one of the five coaches listed for the Anniversary team.