Feb. 21, 2000
The winningest program in women's lacrosse history, Maryland puts the longest active string of national titles by any Division I women's team on the line again this season. They graduated no one from the 1999 championship squad, a team that went 21-0 en route to its fifth straight NCAA title. Head coach Cindy Timchal and her squad, however, are not focusing on what other people expect from the defending national champions who have become synonymous with success during the '90s. As in the past, the Terrapins are focusing on what Maryland needs to do to continue to play at the highest level, and cutting out any outside factors.
"I think what's important for us this year, as it has been every other year, is to focus on setting a standard in lacrosse and focusing on what Maryland has to do," says Timchal of the Terps' point of emphasis this season. In her 10th year at Maryland, Timchal and her team are trying not to concern themselves with what their opponents and the media are saying. "We know that every team out there is strong, and we know we play the toughest schedule in the country. Our focus then is on what Maryland needs to do to play at the level we're really expected to play, and that's what we've been focusing in on all year in anticipation of this season."
Not resting on the accomplishments of last season, Maryland is poised and focused on the task at hand