Maryland Opens NCAA Tournament Play Versus Monmouth on Thursday

May 9, 2001


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The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team opens its play in the 2001 NCAA Tournament this Thursday at Ludwig Field as it will square off against 16th-seeded Monmouth. This year is the first that the NCAA has held a 16-team tournament, thus the first time in school history that Maryland has played in anything less than a quarterfinal game.

By way of their 19-0 record and number one national ranking by the IWLCA, the Terrapins have earned the top seed in this year's tournament. The winner of this Thursday's game will advance to take on the winner of the first round matchup between Virginia and James Madison. Should the Terps win, that game will be played at Ludwig Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Monmouth enters this year's tournament with a 12-7 record and qualifies by way of its winning the Northeast Conference with a perfect 6-0 mark. Thursday's game will mark the Hawks' first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In last week's action, Maryland (19-0, 3-0 ACC) had one of its most interesting weeks in the games played at Dartmouth and Harvard. Against the Big Green, the Terps won 12-11 after digging themselves a 9-4 hole in the second half. The win came in front of 2,500 raucous fans and was the most serious challenge to Maryland's winning streak (which is now at 39 dating back to last year) as the Terps were down five goals and were faced with their first and only halftime deficit in 2001. Jen Adams sparked the comeback win with five goals in just over 19 minutes of the second half while Courtney Martinez scored just her second goal of the season on the game-winning free position shot. Adams' seven points in the game now give her 419 for her career, just one shy of the all-time collegiate scoring mark.

Against Harvard, Maryland again got behind the eight ball a little bit as it allowed the Crimson to score the game's first two goals on senior day at Cambridge. After staking the lead, however, the Terps outscored Harvard 14-2 the remainder of the way en route to a 14-4 victory.

With last week's wins, Maryland pushed its 2001 season-opening win streak to 19 and made it 39-in-a-row overall dating back to last year. Maryland's last loss came on March 5th of last year and it was its only defeat in the team's last 69 outings.

Adams Eyes All-Time Scoring Record

- After notching six goals and an assist in the Terrapins' thrilling comeback at Dartmouth, senior Jen Adams moved to within two points of becoming the most prolific scorer in the history of collegiate women's lacrosse. With two points against Monmouth in the NCAA's first round, Adams will have 421 points for her career, breaking the mark of 420 held by Delaware's Karen Emas (1981-84).

- Emas is the all-time record holder for collegiate women's lacrosse. Adams is now unofficially the all-time NCAA leader and will surpass Emas -- who played in the NCAA, AIAW and USWLA -- with nine more points this season. For more on Adams, see page 3 of this release.

The Drive for Seven

- This year's NCAA Tournament signifies the start of Maryland's run at a seventh straight NCAA title and the school's 10th national championship overall. The Terrapins' current run began in 1995 and their overall list of titles includes the 1981 (AIAW), `86 and `92 seasons as well.

- Maryland is 37-12 all-time in postseason tournaments (AIAW and NCAA) with its last loss coming in the finals of the 1994 NCAA Tournament. The Terps have won 16-straight NCAA Tournament games and are 27-8 all-time in NCAA postseason play.

More NCAA Notables

- The Terrapins are playing for their seven straight NCAA title. Their six consecutive titles are the longest string of any Division I women's team in the nation. Their seventh title would match the feat of John Wooden's UCLA Bruins from 1967-73. The longest current Division I streak is held by the Arkansas men's track team which has run off 12 consecutive NCAA Championships.

- The Terps' are shooting for their eight straight trip to the national finals. They have played in the championship game 10 out of the last 11 years.

- Maryland is 13-0 versus this year's NCAA Tournament field and has played two teams twice (Virginia and Duke).

- Jen Adams and Quinn Carney have scored in every NCAA game in which they have played (nine).

- Starting defender Megan Kelly has three NCAA Championships and six ACC Championships under her belt in her three-year career as a Terp. The Maryland native moonlights on the Terrapin field hockey team that won the 1998, `99 and 2001 ACC Championships and was crowned the 1999 NCAA Champions. Kelly was also part of the Terp squad that won the 1999 and 2000 NCAA women's lacrosse championships, as well as the 1999, 2000 and 2001 ACC women's lacrosse championships.

Seeking Perfection

- With their wins last week at Dartmouth and Harvard, the Terrapins finished the 2001 regular season undefeated, marking just the sixth time in school history that a UM team finished its regular season without a blemish. In addition to the `95, `96 and `99 teams, the 1980 and 1994 teams went undefeated before losing the final games of their respective seasons. The 1984 team went without a loss in the regular season, but had a tie along the way before losing in the NCAA finals.

- The Terps are also seeking their second undefeated season (including the NCAAs) in the last three years. Should they accomplish that feat, it would be just the fourth time in school history joining the teams from 1995, 1996 and 1999.

Three Players Named STX All-Stars

- Three Maryland players -- Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito -- were recently named Senior All-Stars for the Division I South Region by STX for their play in the 2001 season. The trio top the list in scoring for Maryland and have accounted for 246 of the Terrapins' 425 points this year.

- Coach Cindy Timchal was selected as the South squad's coach along with Bloomsburg's Kathy Frick and Timchal will coach her players -- along with the 17 others selected to the South team -- on June 9th at the all-star game which is the feature event of the 2001 STX Festival at Johns Hopkins.

All-ACC Terps

- At the ACC Tournament (April 20-22), four Terrapins were honored with all-conference honors. Seniors Jen Adams, Quinn Carney, Allison Comito and Courtney Martinez were all named All-ACC while Adams was tabbed as the conference's player of the year for the second straight year.

- In addition to Adams being picked as the ACC's top player, head coach Cindy Timchal was selected by her peers as coach of the year. It marked the third straight year that she has earned the honor as she has been the outright choice in 1999 and 2000, while she shared the award with Duke's Kerstin Kimel last year.

Head Coach Cindy Timchal

- Head coach Cindy Timchal is in her 11th season at the helm of the Maryland women's lacrosse program. In her 10-plus years, she has established one of the most dominant teams in all of collegiate athletics as the Terrapins are 188-12 (.939), have earned 11 NCAA Tournament bids and have taken the crown seven times.

- Timchal was selected last year as the IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year as well as Co-ACC Coach of the Year. She has been chosen as National Coach of the Year twice and has coached 36 Terrapins to All-American status. Her recent naming as 2001 ACC Coach of the Year was her third time earning that honor.

- From the time of her arrival, Timchal has lost no more than three games in any one season, including a spectacular 21-0 season in 1999. She has led the Terps to the Final Four every year since coming to Maryland, reaching the title game an unbelievable 10 of the last 11 years. The Terrapins are now contending for an unprecedented seventh straight national title.

- Now in her 20th season of coaching collegiate athletics overall, Timchal got her start at Northwestern where she led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament five times in nine years. Her overall record (Maryland and Northwestern) currently stands at 264-52 (.834).

- Timchal is assisted by Gary Gait and Cathy Nelson. Gait is one of the most innovative minds in all of lacrosse coaching and widely held as one of the sports greatest players of all time. A 1991 graduate of Syracuse and three-time All-American, he still plays professionally and on the World Cup circuit. Nelson was an outstanding player in her own right as she was a two-time All-American at Maryland and the tournament MVP in the Terps' run to the 1998 national title.

Timchal's Year-by-Year at Maryland

1991 NCAA Runners-up 14-3

1992 NCAA Champions 14-1

1993 NCAA Semifinalists 12-2

1994 NCAA Runners-Up 13-1

1995 NCAA Champions 17-0

1996 NCAA Champions 19-0

1997 NCAA Champions 21-1

1998 NCAA Champions 18-3

1990 NCAA Champions 21-0

2000 NCAA Champions 21-1

2001 ACC Champions 19-0

10+ Seasons at Maryland 188-12 (.939)

Non-Conference Success

- Though the road to a seventh straight national title could be littered with conference opponents, the Terrapins will start their title defense with Monmouth, a non-conference foe.

- In the Hawks, Maryland will look to improve on its success -- which is astounding -- against non-conference foes in the last four years. This year's group of Maryland seniors have run up a 61-0 record in their tenure versus non-conference competition. The last loss to a non-ACC foe was to Loyola in 1997.

The Amazing Aussie

- Through 17 games, Jen Adams is doing everything that could have been asked of her and more as she is leading Maryland (and the ACC) in goals (77), assists (45) and points (122) and nearing the top of the all-time collegiate points chart.

- With two more points, Adams -- who is already the most prolific scorer in NCAA history -- will become the greatest scorer in collegiate women's lacrosse lore. With nine points, she will have 421 for her career, breaking the current collegiate mark of 420 set by Delaware's Karen Emas (1981-84).

- At the current time, she is also leading NCAA Division I in points per game (6.78), is second in goals per game (4.28) and third in assists per game (2.50). In addition, she is tied for 10th in draw controls per game with 2.67.

- Adams has had several outstanding single-game efforts in 2001. She has reached double digits in points five times (vs. Duke, at Penn State, at Georgetown, vs. JHU and vs. Loyola) and she has scored six goals or more six times.

- Out of the seven weeks it was awarded this year, Adams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the week four times. She has also been named national player of the week by two publications (Inside Lacrosse, Street & Smith's 360 Lacrosse) twice.

- Adams has shown her all-around ability in `01 as she is second on the team lead in ground balls (57), and caused turnovers (31) while leading the team in draw controls with 48.

- Of the 19 games Maryland has won this year, Adams has scored the game winner seven times and she has led the team in scoring in all but four games.

- Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Adams stands just five goals and 11 assists away from breaking her Maryland single season records of 81 goals and 55 assists, respectively, set a year ago. These numbers come despite the fact that she switched to the midfield in 2001, adding to her responsibilities.

- In the Terps' 19 games of `01, Adams has already set four career records taking the top spot in Maryland history for points, goals and assists as well as breaking the all-time collegiate mark for assists. She also set the school's single game record for points (against Johns Hopkins) with 12.

- In addition to her on-field exploits, Adams was the GTE Academic All-American of the Year in 2000 and is a nominee for the award again in 2001.

Scoring Streaks

- A pair of Terrapin stars carried impressive scoring streaks with them into the 2001 season, both of which are still alive and date back to their freshman seasons.

- Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 74 games. Adams began her streak on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win over Vanderbilt. In addition, she has scored at least one goal in all but 10 games of her 77-game collegiate career.

- Quinn Carney is currently in the midst of a 69-game scoring streak. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against North Carolina in the ACC semifinals.

Carney Nearing NCAA Charts

- With three assists against Johns Hopkins on April 14th, All-ACC performer Quinn Carney hit 100-assist plateau for her career. She became just the fourth Terrapin to accomplish that feat.

- Should she notch three assists before seasons end, Carney would move into the Top 10 in collegiate lacrosse history with 109 assists. She would also move into sole possession of third on Maryland's career list (she is currently tied for third), trailing only Jen Adams and Kelly Amonte.

World Cup Terps

- Three Maryland women's lacrosse players have a shot at participating in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup this July in England.

- Australians Jen Adams and Courtney Hobbs have already made their country's team and will play at the tournament in High Wycombe, England.

- Quinn Carney is the lone Terp on this year's team with a shot at playing for the US Team. She is currently a member of the US "Elite Squad," from which 16 players will be chosen. In addition to Carney, nine other former Maryland players are on the "Elite" team and have a chance of making the team.

Enjoying the View

- Including the 2001 preseason IWLCA poll, Maryland has been atop of the national rankings for 10 straight weeks this year. Overall, the Terrapins have now been the number one ranked team for 32 consecutive polls, a stretch that dates back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps captured their fourth straight NCAA title.

Tewaaraton Terrapins

- Three members of this year's Terp team have been nominated for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award. The award is given to the top women's and men's player in the nation.

- Among the 15 women nominated for this year's award are Terrapins Jen Adams, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito.

Scouting The Hawks

- Monmouth is playing in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament for the first time in the history of the school. The Hawks earned a bid by way of their winning the NEC (for the first time ever) with a 6-0 mark. Their overall record this season is 12-7 and they have won 10 of their last 12 games.

- Monmouth -- which is located in West Long Branch, N.J. -- is coached by Sue Cowperthwait (Virginia Tech, `99). Cowperthwait's work in guiding the Hawks to a perfect conference season and a NCAA Tournament bid earned her conference coach of the year honors. In doing so, she became just the second Monmouth coach to earn the honor (Shari Krasnoo was the first in 1998).

- The Terrapins and Hawks have faced two common opponents in 2001 in the form of UMBC and Ohio State. Monmouth beat conference opponent UMBC twice (10-9 and 14-9) while losing to the Buckeyes, 14-7. Maryland beat both UMBC (23-2) and Ohio State (19-2) in impressive fashion.

- The Hawks have been led in every offensive category this year by senior Heather Bryan, the two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Year. Bryan has scored 68 points (44 goals, 24 assists), a total which is nearly 30 points better than her closest teammate (Meg Brown, 39). She is Monmouth's all-time leader in points and goals and is second in assists.

- Monmouth's goaltender is junior Stacy Makris, a three-year starter. Through 19 games in 2001, she has allowed 7.74 goals per game and has a .522 save percentage.

- Series Info: Thursday's meeting will be the first ever between Maryland and Monmouth.

20th Anniversary

- This season will mark the 20-year anniversary of Maryland's first-ever national championship. That title came in 1981 as Maryland won the AIAW national championship with a 12-3 record. (The AIAW was the forerunner to the NCAA for competition in women's collegiate athletics.)

- The 1981 team was coached by Sue Tyler who spent 16 seasons with the Terps, compiling an impressive 195-61-3 record with two national titles.

Terps Favorite To Repeat

- Maryland entered the 2001 season as the favorite to repeat -- for the sixth consecutive time -- as NCAA champion. The Terrapins have held the number one spot in each of the first two IWLCA polls and were picked by several publications in the preseason to repeat as champ. Among the publications picking the Terps are College Lacrosse USA, Inside Lacrosse, LaxPower and Sports Illustrated for Women.

- The Terrapins entered this season having won six straight national titles. Last year, Maryland won its final 20 games and defeated Princeton in the NCAA Finals, 16-8, to claim the crown. The 2001 season marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Maryland's first women's lacrosse championship (the 1981 AIAW championship) and a repeat performance this year would mark the 10th title in school history.

- Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 30 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.


- The captains of this year's Maryland team are seniors Jen Adams and Tori Wellington. The pair were chosen after a vote was conducted by their teammates as representatives of this year's squad.