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Women's Lacrosse Earns Ninth Straight NCAA Bid
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

May 4, 1998

Women's Lacrosse Earns Ninth Straight NCAA Bid Terps earn No. 3 seed and will host winner of William & Mary vs. James Madison.

NCAA BIDS AWARDED
The third-ranked Maryland Terrapins earned the No. 3 seed, and a first-round bye, in this years NCAA Tournament, and will meet the winner of the William & Mary (8-7) at James Madison (10-7) game which will be played on Wednesday, May 6. The Terps will host the second-round game on Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Maryland concluded its 1998 regular-season schedule on Sunday, defeating fourth-ranked Loyola, 13-9. Maryland improved to 15-3 overall. This year marks the first year since 1993 that Maryland has not entered the tournament as a No. 1 seed. Other tournament pairings and top seeds are as follows:

#1 Virginia (15-2) will play the winner of the Georgetown (9-6) at Princeton (11-4) game; #2 North Carolina (14-2) will play the winner of the Duke (10-6) at Temple (13-4) game; and #4 Dartmouth (12-2) will meet the winner of the West Chester (13-4) at Loyola (12-3) game. All first-round games are scheduled for Wednesday, May 6.

MARYLAND IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Maryland enters the 1998 NCAA Tournament for a record-setting 19th time, missing the tournament only twice (1988 and 89) in the tournaments 21-year history. Maryland captured the 1997 national championship, its third in as many years.

A DECADE OF CHAMPIONS
The 1990s have been crowned the most successful decade in Maryland womens lacrosse history. The Terrapins have won four national championships in the last six years, and six national championships in the history of the program. The six championships are the most by any school. The Terps have reached the NCAA finals an unprecedented 14 times, including seven of the last eight years. The Terps are also the first team in womens Division I lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships.

SENIORS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Marylands senior class is the only class in school and womens lacrosse tournament history to capture three national championships. The Terp seniors have outscored their tournament opposition, 64-30, the last three years.

ANOTHER ACC TOURNAMENT
This years NCAA Tournament has the looks of a mini ACC Tournament. Three of the four Atlantic Coast Conference teams earned first-round byes and will all host second-round games with the end result being a trip to the NCAA Final Four in Baltimore, Md. Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland all received first-round byes while Duke plays Temple for the right to meet North Carolina in the second round.

TIMCHAL IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
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 in 1991. She has coached the Terps to four national championships, two runner-up titles and a third-place finish.

TIMCHAL EARNS CAREER-WIN 200
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal, the third-winningest coach in womens lacrosse, collected her 200th career victory on Sunday after the Terps handed Loyola a 13-9 defeat. Timchal became the third coach in womens lacrosse history to earn career-win 200.

MARCHIN UP
Senior midfielder Sascha Newmarch has recorded 143 career goals, including a career-high five against Old Dominion (3/28). She is now tied for 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.  Judy Dougherty      (1978-81)   143
    Sascha Newmarch     (1995-98)   143
    
Newmarchs 213 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)   213
Newmarchs 66 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
5.  Cathy Nelson        (1995-98)   71
6.  Sascha Newmarch     (1995-98)   70

NELSON CLIMBING THE ASSIST LADDER
Senior attack Cathy Nelson has notched 71 career assists in her 76-game career, and is in fifth place in the Maryland career record book. Nelson has twice scored a season-high three assists, versus Syracuse and Old Dominion.

1.  Kelly Amonte        (1993-96)   132
2.  Judy Dougherty      (1978-81)   107
3.  Anysia Fedec        (1984-87)   83
4.  Karen MacCrate      (1993-96)   76
5.  Cathy Nelson        (1995-98)   71
Nelsons 202 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)   213
5.  Cathy Nelson        (1995-98)   202
Nelsons 131 career goals rank her eighth in the Maryland record book.
5.  Judy Dougherty      (1978-81)   143
    Sascha Newmarch     (1995-98)   143
7.  Karen Trudel        (1982-85)   135
8.  Cathy Nelson        (1995-98)   131

NELSON AND NEWMARCH AMONG TOP-10 SEASON PERFORMERS
Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson and Sascha Newmarch are both ranked in the Maryland top-10 season performance charts. Nelsons 49 goals to date rank her in a three-way tie for eighth place. Former Terp Kelly Amonte is the single-season goal leader with 62 goals scored in 1996. Newmarchs 38 assists to date tie her for second. She had scored 32 last season which places her third on the performance list. Newmarchs 80 points also place her fourth. Her 75 points last year rank her ninth.

NEVER FAIL--PART I
Maryland senior Cathy Nelson has scored at least one point in all of the Terps 18 games.

NEVER FAIL- PART II
After being shut out completely by the Duke defense in the first game of the 1998 season, Maryland senior Sascha Newmarch has scored in 17 consecutive games.

THE MARYLAND SENIOR CLASS
No doubt about it, this years senior class has had a record-setting four years wearing the Maryland uniform. This years senior class has won three national championships. They have an accumulated record of 72-4, 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 womens 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.

THE TOUGH GET GOING
Eleven of Marylands 18 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); and No. 4 Loyola (13-9).

MUCH ADO ABOUT MITCHELL
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 30 goals surpassing her old mark of 11 total goals in 1997. Her 32 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).

FUTURES SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES
This years freshman class has scored 85 of Marylands 248 goals to date which accounts for 34 percent of goals scored. They have also accounted for 35 percent of Marylands 376 points. Led by Jen Adams 39 points, five freshmen are ranked in the top 10 on the Maryland scoring chart. Quinn Carney has scored 33 points and has 24 goals.

THE TERPS WIN GAMES BY PLAYING DEFENSE
The Maryland defense is allowing its opponents a stingy 8.39 goals per game, the 12th-best scoring defense in the country. Maryland has held 11 of its 18 opponents to under 10 goals. The Terps held the high-powered attack of Dartmouth to a mere seven goals. The Big Green average 15.64 goals per game.

Opponent            Goals Allowed       Current Avg.    Rank
Dartmouth           7                   15.64           No.1
Syracuse            7                   15.08           No. 2
Temple              5                   13.44           No. 5
Virginia            8                   12.44           No. 12
Georgetown          7                   12.21           No. 13
North Carolina      10                  12.07           No. 18

THE AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION Marylands Australian duo of Sascha Newmarch and Jen Adams have combined for 67 goals and 52 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.

K-O
Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe, the 1997 ACC co-Rookie and Goalkeeper of the Year, has started in all 18 of Marylands games. She has allowed 127 goals in 1037 minutes played (.635 save percentage) and is allowing 7.35 goals a game. She has posted double-figure saves in 13 of the Terps 18 games, including a career-high 19 saves versus Virginia on March 22. She is ranked No. 3 in the nation in save percentage and sixth in goals-against average. She most recently posted 16 saves against William & Mary, Penn State and Loyola.

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

KAHOE RANKED NATIONALLY
Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in save percentage and goals allowed average. Her. 635 save percentage ranks her third while her 7.35 goals allowed ranks her sixth.

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
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 18 games this year, Jenkins has totaled 22 goals, nine assists and 31 points. She has equalled her career-high three-goal performance twice this season (vs. Vanderbilt on March 30 and vs. Loyola on May 3). Jenkins was also an All-ACC selection.

NCAA History
Maryland womens lacrosse has recently established itself as one of the premier programs in the nation. The 90s have already been crowned the most successful decade of Marylands womens 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 Conferences first-ever, tournament title.

The Maryland womens lacrosse team is the only team in NCAA Division I womens 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 womens 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 mens and womens 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.

Marylands 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 womens 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.



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