May 24, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-seeded Maryland will add another chapter to its storied rivalry with Duke when the conference foes square off in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday at 5 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.
TV ADVISORY: Fans can catch this weekend's action on Comcast Sportsnet. Friday's game will be televised live on CSN. Sunday's championship game will be shown live on CSN+ with a replay on CSN at 7:30 p.m.
Maryland (20-1) secured its third straight berth to the national semifinals as well as its third consecutive 20-win season with a win over Princeton last Saturday. Tewaaraton finalists Katie Schwarzmann and Sarah Mollison led a balanced Terrapin attack with four goals apiece. Brittany Dipper spearheaded another solid defensive showing with a career-high 15 saves.
Fifth-seeded Duke upended Florida on the road to advance to its sixth NCAA semifinal in program history. Maryland dropped the Blue Devils, 18-11, in the third week of the 2011 season.
Fans can follow the action in Stony Brook this weekend by logging on to NCAA.com or by following the link above for a live webcast. WMUC will also be in New York with a radio broadcast.
TOURNEY TERPS - BY THE NUMBERS
27 - Invitations to the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
61 - Games Maryland has played in the tournament (Nation-best)
10 - NCAA Championships (Nation-best)
45 - Wins in the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
15 - NCAA Championship game appearances (Nation-best)
MD IN THE SEMIS
Maryland is 18-3 all-time in the national semifinals and 14-3 since NCAA play began in 1983.
BALANCED ATTACK LIFTS TERPS TO NCAA SEMIS
Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann scored four goals apiece, and Brittany Dipper posted a career-high 15 saves to lead top-seeded Maryland to a 15-6 victory over Princeton Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Maryland has now advanced to the semifinals three consecutive seasons.
TERPS COAST PAST NAVY IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
Sarah Mollison racked up four goals and four assists in limited action as No. 1 Maryland coasted by Navy, 19-6, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
With eight points on the day, Mollison moved up to sixth all-time in career points at Maryland, passing 2010 Tewaaraton winner Caitlyn McFadden. The Terps also picked up three goals each from Kristy Black, Laura Merrifield and Bria Phillips as the offense erupted for its highest scoring output since March 22.
THREE'S COMPANY - 2011 ACC CHAMPIONS
Using an explosive second half, No. 1 Maryland dropped North Carolina, 12-7, en route to capturing its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship crown.
Senior Laura Merrifield garnered championship Most Valuable Player honors after netting a game-high five goals and helping guide a stellar defense that allowed one of the nation's top offenses a mere one goal in the second half. Katie Schwarzmann, Sarah Mollison and Beth Glaros all added two goals as the Terps tallied its league-best eighth championship.
In addition to Merrifield, senior Katie Gallagher, junior Brittany Dipper, Mollison and Schwarzmann were all tabbed to the all-tournament team. It is Dipper's third straight appearance on the team. Gallagher led the Terrapin defense with a game-high three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
20 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
With a win against Princeton last weekend, Maryland racked up its seventh 20-win season in program history and its third straight.
The program record for wins in a season was established in 2001 when the unit went a perfect 23-0. Maryland won 22 games en route to a national championship last season.
Duke (15-4) defeated No. 4 seed Florida on Saturday to punch its ticket to the NCAA semifinals.
The Blue Devils are led by the combination of Christie Kaestner and Emma Hamm. Kaestner boasts 45 assists while Hamm, a Tewaaraton finalist, has a team-high 48 goals.
Maryland defeated Duke, 18-11, back on Feb. 26.
Maryland leads the all-time series, 13-8.
LAST 10 MEETINGS
2/26/11 - Maryland 18, Duke 11
2/27/10 - Maryland 17, Duke 4
4/26/09 - Maryland 12, Duke 11
2/28/09 - Maryland 15, Duke 13
5/17/08 - Duke 9, Maryland 7
3/01/08 - Duke 14, Maryland 13
3/3/07 - Maryland 19, Duke 18
4/28/06 - Duke 19, Maryland 9
2/25/06 - Duke 9, Maryland 7
2/26/05 - Duke 10, Maryland 7
TERP DUO NAMED TEWAARATON FINALISTS
Senior Sarah Mollison and sophomore Katie Schwarzmann have been named two of the five finalists for the 2011 Tewaaraton Award.
It is the first time two teammates have been in the final five since 2008. Schwarzmann is the first sophomore to be named a finalist since 2007.
Brittany Dipper, Laura Merrifield and Karri Ellen Johnson were also nominees.
MARYLAND NABS TOP ACC HONORS
Sarah Mollison was recognized as the 2011 ACC Player of the Year alongside Cathy Reese, who was tabbed 2011 ACC Coach of the Year. The ACC Player of the Year nod is the 10th all-time for the Maryland women's lacrosse program and marks the fifth-straight year the honor has gone to a Terrapin student-athlete. .
Reese, who is in her fifth season at the helm of the Terrapin program, accepted her fourth ACC Coach of the Year honor and third consecutive..
SIX TERPS LAND ALL-ACC HONORS
The Maryland women's lacrosse team placed a league-best six players on the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Brittany Dipper, Katie Gallagher, Karri Ellen Johnson, Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann all garnered honors for the undefeated Terps.
Johnson and Mollison are three-time honorees while Merrifield and Schwarzmann earned the nod for the second time in their careers.
THE 100/100 CLUB
Sarah Mollison became the seventh player in Maryland history to notch 100 goals and 100 assists for her career earlier this season. She is one of only two active players nationally to boast membership in the exclusive club.
Below is a list of 100/100 club members:
Jen Adams - 267 g, 178 a
Kelly Amonte - 187 g, 132 a
Quinn Carney - 162 g, 110 a
Judy Dougherty - 143 g, 106 a
Kelly Kasper - 134 g, 102 a
Caitlyn McFadden - 149 g, 110 a
Sarah Mollison - 149 g, 119 a - current
Freshman Beth Glaros has proved to be a valuable addition to the Terps' roster. She has filled in for several different integral starters this season, including Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones and Laura Merrifield.
Joining fellow classmate Jen Mendez and sophomores Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust as offensive starters, Maryland's youth movement has accounted for 117 of the Terps' 316 goals in 2011.
MERRI - LAND
After suffering from shingles at the beginning of the 2011 season, Laura Merrifield has stepped up her offensive game as of late.
The senior averaged three goals per game in the month of April.
She netted a season-high five goals in the title contest against UNC while capturing ACC Championship Most Valuable Player honors.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Maryland has had a myriad of players lead the squad in scoring each game - 12 different combinations to be exact.
Below is a breakdown of the Terps top goal-scorers in each game this season.
Richmond, Boston College - Johnson
Delaware, Duke - Johnson/Schwarzmann
PSU - Mollison/Schwarzmann/Black
Virginia, JMU, Princeton, UNC (ACC) - Merrifield
Syracuse, Boston College (ACC), Navy - Mollison
George Mason - Trentzsch
Stony Brook - Jones
Towson - Johnson/Mollison
Penn, Georgetown, Dartmouth - Schwarzmann
UNC - Schwarzmann/Merrifield
Virginia Tech - Kirk/Mollison
Princeton (NCAA) - Mollison/Schwarzmann
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 50-1 at home under fifth-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past four seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 190-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 12 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
During head coach Cathy Reese's five-year tenure at the helm of the Maryland program, the Terps are averaging nearly 15 goals per game.
The Terps are also outscoring opponents by an average of 137.1 goals per year.
COLLEGE PARK - STREAK CITY
Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
Mollison boasts a string of 66 consecutive games with either an assist or a goal. Johnson has scored a point in all 56 games she has appeared in since her arrival as a freshman.
The Maryland defense has allowed an opponent to score more than 10 goals only three times in the last 32 games.
The Terps surrendered 13 scores at North Carolina April 10, 2010 - their last loss - and gave up 11 to Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland allotted Duke 11 scores this season.
The Terps are giving up an average of 6.67 goals per game in 2011 including holding No. 16 Penn State and George Mason to two goals - a feat not done by Maryland since 2003.
Maryland won 28 straight games prior to falling in its regular season finale against Dartmouth.
The Terps defeated their opponents by an average of 8.46 goals per game during the streak. Maryland outscored its opposition 418-181 and tallied 14.9 goals per game in the 28-game span.
No. 1 TALLIES No. 100
Sarah Mollison found favorite target Karri Ellen Johnson with 1:01 remaining in the first half against James Madison March 26 to pick up her 100th career helper.
The senior became only the seventh player in Maryland history to hit the century mark for assists.
She is currently the active leader in career assists nationally.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Maryland has held two opponents to two goals this season - a feat that has not been done since 2003.
The Terps' 19-point win over George Mason is the highest margin of victory for the Terps since a 24-5 win against Johns Hopkins in April of 2001.
WHAT A RIDE...
Maryland captured its 10th NCAA crown when it staged an incredible comeback from a 6-0 deficit against five-time defending champion Northwestern in the national title game to conclude the 2010 season.
It was Maryland's first NCAA title since 2001. The game was played in front a record-crowd totaling nearly 10,000 people.
GALLAGHER RETURNS FOR DEFENSE
After serving a redshirt season during Maryland's run to the national title in 2010, Katie Gallagher returns to action in 2011 to help rejuvenate a defense that will be without the services of departing seniors Abby Caso and Karissa Taylor.
Gallagher is entering her third season as a starter and totaled 24 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls prior to her redshirt senior season in 2011.
.KEJ TABBED PRESEASON BEST
Junior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson has been named Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division I Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the publication Monday.
Johnson, a local product from Annapolis, amassed 143 goals in only two seasons in College Park. She capped last year's magical run to the program's 10th NCAA championship by scoring three times in the Terps' 13-11 win over five-time defending champion Northwestern in the NCAA final.
The two-time IWLCA All-American is currently ranked fourth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 177.
REESE RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON
Head coach Cathy Reese returns for her fifth season at her alma mater.
2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 ACC Coach of the Year
2009, 2010, 2011 ACC Champions
Coached 2008, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, 14 All-Americans, and 21 All-ACC selections
2009 and 2010 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
Maryland boasts three players from countries outside the U.S., including captains Sarah Mollison (Australia) and Laura Merrifield (England).
A transfer from Cal-Berkley, Camilla Hayes joins Merrifield as a representative from England.
SMALLS DISHIN' IT OUT
One game into her senior season, Sarah Mollison added her name to the Maryland career assists list.
The senior from Melbourne, Australia, ranks third all-time in career helpers at Maryland with 119.
She tied a school-record for assists in a game with six in the season opener at Richmond.
TERPS LAX - A FAMILY AFFAIR
Maryland freshmen Abbey Clipp and Annie Farrell have a family link to the Terps.
Clipp's sister Becky is a former All-American for the women's lacrosse program. Farrell's brother, Brian, is an All-American long pole for the Terrapin men's lacrosse unit.
THE YOUNG AND TALENTED
Four freshmen once again represented the University of Maryland well when they played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.
Brooke Griffin led all South scorers with three goals as the North edged the South.
Beth Glaros, Amalie Trentzsch and Kelsey Horton all earned starts and joined Griffin.
Horton tallied a team-high four assists on the day, including two to Griffin, while adding a goal. Glaros scooped a ground ball and the combo of Griffin and Horton gathered a combined six draw controls in the all-star action.
RED, WHITE & BLUE TERPS
When the Terps tangled with the U.S. this preseason, they were without the services of key players Katie Schwarzmann and Brittany Poist.
Schwarzmann, an IWLCA Second Team All-American and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, is in her first full season with U.S. Senior National Team. She joins her older sister, Lauren, on the squad.
Poist is also experiencing her first action with the U.S. Senior National Team. A transfer from the University of Louisville, Poist played an integral role for Maryland as a junior, helping lead the nation's top defense.
Former Terps Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden are also on the U.S. National Team.