Women's Lacrosse Advances to NCAA Championship

May 12, 1998

No. 3 Seed MARYLAND (16-3) vs. No. 2 Seed NORTH CAROLINA (15-2)
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1998; 8:30 PM
University of Maryland Baltimore County

SERIES: The Maryland vs. North Carolina series is tied at 2-2. North Carolina has defeated Maryland twice this year--10-9 in the regular-season meeting and 12-10 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. This is the first meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA NOTES: The other national semifinal matches No. 1 seed Virginia (16-2) vs. the No. 4 seed Dartmouth (13-2) at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15...The championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17...Ticket prices for the National Collegiate Championship are $10 Adult, $6 Youth (Single Day Ticket); an All Session Pass is $20 Adults, $15 Youth.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team arrives in Baltimore this weekend to participate in its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament Championship weekend after handing James Madison a 13-8 defeat in the quarterfinals. The Terps have played in the NCAA semifinal game each year during the 1990's and have won four national collegiate championships during the decade. The nine consecutive trips to the "Final Four" of women's lacrosse marks a school record for consecutive semifinal game appearances. The Terps have advanced at least as far as the NCAA semifinals in 13 of the 15 years the NCAA has sponsored the women's lacrosse championship.

Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Alex Kahoe surpassed her single-season save total from last season (233) after posting 13 saves against James Madison on Saturday. Her current save total is 234 which is a new school single-season record. Her previous 233 single-season saves was a school record she set last season.

The last time Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed it won the national championship. The Terps defeated Harvard, 11-10, in overtime.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal will enter the 1998 NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in her 17-year career. While at Northwestern, Timchal took the Wildcats to the tournament five times, including three consecutive fifth-place finishes during 1986-88. A Timchal-coached Maryland team has never once missed the NCAA Tournament since her arrival in College Park. She has coached the Terps to four national championships, two runner-up titles and a third-place finish.

Maryland's six-member senior class will play in its eighth NCAA Tournament game when it takes the field against North Carolina on Sunday. Senior Helena Herrmann was also a member of Maryland's 1994 team which also participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Opponent        Date            Round             Result
James Madison   May 9, 1998     Second            W, 13-8
Loyola          May 18, 1997    Finals            W, 8-7
Temple          May 17, 1997    Semifinals        W, 9-6
Penn State      May 10, 1997    Second            W, 6-2
Virginia        May 19, 1996    Finals            W, 10-5
Princeton       May 18, 1996    Semifinals        W, 6-5
Princeton       May 21, 1995    Finals            W, 13-5
Penn State      May 20, 1995    Semifinals        W, 12-7

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal, the third-winningest coach in women's lacrosse, collected her 200th career victory after the Terps handed Loyola a 13-9 defeat on May 3. Timchal became the third coach in women's lacrosse history to earn career-win 200. She now owns a 201-51 career record in 17 years of coaching.

Senior midfielder Sascha Newmarch has recorded 145 career goals, including a career-high five against Old Dominion (3/28). She is now in fifth place in the Maryland career record book.

1.  Kelly Amonte       (1993-96)    187
2.  Betsy Elder        (1991-94)    158
3.  Anysia Fedec       (1984-87)    157
4.  Laura Harmon       (1992-95)    150
5.  Sascha Newmarch    (1995-98)    145

Newmarch's 216 career points ranks her fourth in the all-time scoring records. She is ranked ninth in the country in points per game, averaging 4.43 points per game.

1.  Kelly Amonte      (1993-96)    319
2.  Judy Dougherty    (1978-81)    250
3.  Anysia Fedec      (1984-87)    240
4.  Sascha Newmarch   (1995-98)    216

Newmarch's 71 career assists, including a career-high six against Towson University (4/8), place her sixth in the career charts. She is ranked second in the country in assists per game with a 2.14 average.

1.  Kelly Amonte      (1993-96)    132
2.  Judy Dougherty    (1978-81)    107
3.  Anysia Fedec      (1984-87)    83
4.  Karen MacCrate    (1993-96)    76
    Cathy Nelson      (1995-98)    76
6.  Sascha Newmarch   (1995-98)    71

Senior attack Cathy Nelson has notched 76 career assists in her 77-game career, and is tied for fourth place in the Maryland career record book. Nelson notched a career- and season-high five assists against James Madison in the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament.

1.  Kelly Amonte      (1993-96)    132
2.  Judy Dougherty    (1978-81)    107
3.  Anysia Fedec      (1984-87)    83
4.  Karen MacCrate    (1993-96)    76
    Cathy Nelson      (1995-98)    76

Nelson's 208 career points place her in fifth place in the Maryland record book.

1.  Kelly Amonte      (1993-96)    319
2.  Judy Dougherty    (1978-81)    250
3.  Anysia Fedec      (1991-94)    240
4.  Sascha Newmarch   (1995-98)    216
5.  Cathy Nelson      (1995-98)    208

Nelson's 132 career goals rank her eighth in the Maryland record book.
5.  Sascha Newmarch   (1995-98)    145
6.  Judy Dougherty    (1978-81)    143
7.  Karen Trudel      (1982-85)    135
8.  Cathy Nelson      (1995-98)    132

Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson and Sascha Newmarch are both ranked in the Maryland top-10 season performance charts. Nelson's 50 goals to date rank her in a tie for seventh place with Kelly Amonte. Amonte is the single-season goal leader with 62 goals scored in 1996. Newmarch's 39 assists to date rank her second. Amonte holds the record with 48. She had scored 32 last season which places her fourth on the performance list. Newmarch's 83 points also place her fourth. Her 75 points last year ranked her eighth.

No doubt about it, this year's senior class has had a record-setting four years wearing the Maryland uniform. This year's senior class has won three national championships. They have an accumulated record of 73-4, including two undefeated seasons (1995 & 1996) and a national-record 21 wins in 1997. They made history last year in becoming the first team in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships. The 50 consecutive wins enjoyed by these seniors the last three seasons was a national record for Division I lacrosse. Sascha Newmarch is a two-time All-American and Cathy Nelson earned third team All-America honors last season. Newmarch earned NCAA all-tournament honors in 1996 and '97 while Nelson earned all-tournament honors in '97. The senior class also captured the inaugural ACC championship last year, with Newmarch earning tournament MVP honors.

Twelve of Maryland's 19 wins have come against ranked teams--No. 3 Virginia (11-8); No. 12 Dartmouth (16-7); No. 15 Old Dominion (18-1); No. 7 Temple (11-5); No. 8 James Madison (14-11); No. 10 Georgetown (10-7); No. 7 William & Mary (16-7); No. 12 Penn State (14-10); No. 7 Princeton (12-11); No. 4 Loyola (13-9); and No. 6 James Madison (13-8; NCAA Second Round).

Maryland senior attack Noelle Mitchell is scoring career marks in her final year wearing a Maryland uniform. The Somers, N.Y. native has already scored 32 goals surpassing her old mark of 11 total goals in 1997. Her 34 points also surpass her 13 points she scored as a junior. She has scored a hat trick four times this season (vs. Syracuse, Towson, William & Mary and Princeton).

Maryland is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense. The Terps have scored 261 goals in their 19 games, and average 13.73 goals per game.

Maryland's Australian duo of Sascha Newmarch and Jen Adams have combined for 69 goals and 54 assists, and rank as the Terps' top and third-leading scorers, respectively, this season. Newmarch scored a career-high five goals against Old Dominion on March 28, and recorded a career-high six assists against Towson University on April 15. She has scored four hat tricks so far this season while Adams has twice scored a career-high four goals. Adams scored the game-winning goal with 53 seconds to give the Terps a 12-11 victory over Princeton April 29.

Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe has started in all 19 of Maryland's games. She has allowed 135 goals in 1097 minutes played (.634 save percentage) and is allowing 7.38 goals a game. She has posted double-figure saves in 14 of the Terps' 19 games, including a career-high 19 saves versus Virginia on March 22. She most recently posted 16 saves against William & Mary, Penn State and Loyola.

                        No.   Oppt.        Date
Season High             19    Virginia     3-22-98 
Career High             19    Virginia     3-22- 98
10+ Career Saves Games  23

Maryland sophomore Christie Jenkins is on tap to break her one-year career totals in goals, assists and points. As a freshman, Jenkins totaled 26 goals, 11 assists and 37 points in 22 games played. Through 19 games this year, Jenkins has totaled 25 goals, nine assists and 34 points. She has equalled her career-high three-goal performance three times this season (vs. Vanderbilt on March 30, vs. Loyola on May 3 and vs. James Madison on May 9). Jenkins was also an All-ACC selection.

NCAA History

Maryland women's lacrosse has recently established itself as one of the premier programs in the nation. The 90's have already been crowned the most successful decade of Maryland's women's lacrosse existence.

Last year marked the Terrapins' 18th trip to the NCAA championship tournament and their third NCAA championship in three years. Maryland also sealed its first-ever, and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first-ever, tournament title.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is the only team in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships. The Terps won the 1995, 1996 and 1997 championships. In addition, Maryland became the first team in women's lacrosse history to complete two consecutive unbeaten, untied seasons. Maryland won 17 consecutive games in 1995 and 19 straight games in 1996. The winning streak reached 50 straight games, the longest win streak in Division I men's and women's lacrosse, after the Terps' 11-10 victory over Virginia in the ACC Championship game.

Maryland has won four national championships in the last six years, and six national championships in the history of program. The four national championships are the most by any school.

Maryland's six national championships is the most ever by any Maryland team. The Terps have reached the NCAA finals an unprecedented 14 times, including seven of the last eight seasons.

The Maryland players are among the most decorated in the history of the sport. The Terps have had at least one player named All-American every year since 1980. In each of the past four years, Maryland has had 10 All-America selections, more than any other team in the sport of women's lacrosse. Most recently, Sarah Forbes received the Atlantic Coast Conference 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. In 1996, Kelly Amonte was named the National Division I Most Valuable Player and Division I Offensive Player of the Year. She also earned National Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1995. In 1990, the Terps had both the National Offensive Player of the Year, Mary Ann Oelgoetz, and the National Defensive Player of the Year, Mary Kondner. Mandy Stevensen became the first Terp to earn National Goalkeeper of the Year honors while Kerstin Manning earned National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. In 1994, Betsy Elder became the third Maryland player to receive the National Offensive Player of the Year award.

Terps By The Numbers

00 Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 200th career victory after the Terps defeated Loyola 13-9 on May 3. She joins only two other coaches to reach this milestone.

145 Senior Sascha Newmarch has totaled 145 career goals which places her in fifth place in Maryland's all-time record book.

76 Senior Cathy Nelson has totaled 76 career assists which places her in a tie for fourth place in Maryland's all-time record book.

216 Senior Sascha Newmarch has scored 216 career points in her four years as a Terp. The 216 career-point total ranks her fourth in the Maryland record book.

6 Cathy Nelson scored a career-high six goals against Penn State.

5 Cathy Nelson scored a career-high five assists against James Madison in the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament.

234 Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe has recorded a career-high 234 saves this season, breaking her old record, and the single-season school-record of 233 set last year.

94 The Maryland freshman class has scored 94 of the Terps' 261 goals.

41 The Maryland freshman class has accounted for 41 percent of the Terp scoring.

46 Maryland tallied a season-high 46 shots against Princeton on April 29.

1 Maryland senior Cathy Nelson has scored at least one point in all of Maryland's 19 games.

18 Maryland senior Sascha Newmarch has scored at least one point in 18 straight games this season.

Maryland's Record When...

At Home 10-0 On the Road 6-2 Neutral Site 0-1 Vs. Ranked Opponents 12-3 Vs. Top 10 Opponents 7-2 Current Winning Streak 5 Longest Winning Streak 11 Closest Margin of Victory 12-11 Largest Margin of Victory 23-3 Avg. Margin of Victory 5.37 Largest Margin, Halftime 13-0 Largest Deficit, Halftime 7-3 Scoring First 14-1 Opponent Scoring First 2-2 Leading After Halftime 13-0 Trailing after halftime 1-3 Score 25+ Goals NA 20-24 Goals 2-0 15-19 Goals 5-0 10-14 Goals 9-1 0-0 Goals 0-2 Allow 25+ Goals NA 20-24 Goals NA 15-19 Goals NA 10-14 Goals 3-3 0-9 Goals 13-0 Outshooting Opponents 14-0 Outshot by or even with Opp. 3-2 Controlling More Ground Balls 12-1 Controlling Less Ground Balls 4-1 Even Ground Ball Totals 1-0 Day Games 13-1 Night Games 3-2


GOALS 1. Cathy Nelson 50 2. Sascha Newmarch 44 3. Noelle Mitchell 32

ASSISTS 1. Sascha Newmarch 39 2. Cathy Nelson 24 3. Jen Adams 15

POINTS 1. Sascha Newmarch 83 2. Cathy Nelson 74 3. Jen Adams 40

GROUNDBALLS 1. Sascha Newmarch 62 2. Cathy Nelson 59 3. Jen Adams 54