Feb. 17, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland Terrapin women's lacrosse team will return to action this Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon, against the Ohio Bobcats. The game will be played at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. Live audio for Sunday's game will be provided by www.wmucsports.com, and GameTracker will be available on www.umterps.com.
(Please note, due to technical difficulties, last Sunday's game vs. Northwestern was not available online. The proper corrections have been made, and audio and GameTracker will be available.)
The Terps are looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2002.
The Terps and Bobcats are meeting for the first time in women's lacrosse.
Ohio is the second team this season that will open its season against Maryland. The Terps third opponent, George Mason, will also be beginning its season against Maryland. The Bobcats are coached by former assistant Allison Valentino. Valentino was an assistant in College Park last season.
The Terps are 2-3 all-time in the month of February. Both of Maryland's wins in February came against non-conference opponents.
For the second straight week, the Terps are playing a team from the American Lacrosse Conference.
Last Time Out
The Terps dropped their season opener, 13-8, to No. 1 Northwestern on Monday, Feb. 13. The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was moved to Monday due to snow.
Maryland stormed out of the gates with four-straight goals, and Delia Cox had a part in three of those scores with a pair of goals and an assist. Northwestern rallied and closed the half with a 7-0 run. The Terps notched a pair of goals to open the second half, but could not get the equalizer as the Wildcats possessed the ball for most of the second half on its way to victory.
Cox led the Terps with six points on three goals and three assists. Kelly Kasper and Krista Pellizzi also chipped in a pair of goals, and Casey Magor added two points on a goal and an assist.
Allie Buote made the first start of her career vs. the Wildcats. Buote finished the game with nine saves, including several first half stops from point-blank range. She also scooped up a game-high seven groundballs.
Lauren Cohen, making her first start on defense for Maryland, contributed a team-high three caused turnovers and added five ground balls.
Scouting The Bobcats
Ohio posted a 5-11 record last season, including a 1-5 mark in the ALC.
Former Terp assistant Allison Valentino is in her first season as head coach of the Bobcats. She coached in College Park last season.
Ohio returns 13 letterwinners from last season, including the team's leading scorer Dana Dobbie. Dobbie was an All-ALC selection last season after scoring 37 goals and 13 assists. She also had a team-high 72 draw controls.
Jen Heup and Jayme Levy split time last year in the cage for the Bobcats, and each return this season. Heup allowed a goals-against average of 9.09 and made 66 saves, while Levy maintained a 9.68 GAA and stopped 64 shots.
OU's leading groundball-getter, Shannon Hadaway, also returns this season. She led the team with 38 groundballs last season.
The Bobcats have 11 players that hail from the state of Maryland.
With her three goals against Northwestern, Delia Cox has scored a goal in her last 19 games (dating back to last season).
In addition to the 19-game scoring streak, Delia Cox has also started every game Maryland has played during her career, a streak of 62 consecutive starts.
With just six members, the ACC is one of the strongest leagues in the sport. Four out of the six teams are ranked in the top ten in the nation (according to the IWLCA poll), including Duke (2nd), Virginia (5th), North Carolina (6th) and Maryland (9th).
In 15 of the last 16 seasons, the ACC has had at least one team in the finals (winning 11 national titles during that span).
The Terrapins traditionally play one of the nation's most difficult schedules, and 2006 will be no different. Nine Maryland opponents are ranked in the preseason IWLCA poll, including eight in the top 10.