May 8, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's lacrosse team earned its 21st NCAA Tournament berth and will take on Princeton in the first round on Thursday, May 12, at the Class of 1952 Stadium. The game time will be announced officially tomorrow. The Terps and Tigers, two of the sport's most storied programs, played just four days ago with Maryland coming away with a dramatic 13-12 overtime victory.
"Getting into the NCAA Tournament is a tremendous accomplishment," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Going to Princeton is going to be a challenge, but we'll be ready to go."
Maryland enters the NCAA Tournament with a 12-6 record and winners of five of its last six games - all against ranked opponents. Princeton, the tournament's eight-seed, finished the regular season with a 12-4 mark.
The last two meetings between the teams ended up going into overtime, with Princeton winning last year's meeting and with the Terps coming out on top this season. The last time the two faced each other in the NCAA Tournament was in 2001 in the national semifinals when Maryland defeated Princeton 14-7 on its way to its seventh straight national title.
The winner of the Princeton-Maryland game will face the winner of top-seeded Northwestern vs. Mount St. Mary's. ACC champ Duke is the second seed. Boston University is the third seed and Dartmouth is seeded fourth.
Five Maryland alums will lead their respective programs into the NCAA Tournament as head coaches. Kelly Amonte-Hiller of Northwestern, Towson's Missy Holmes, Kerstin Kimmel of Duke, Courtney Martinez-Conner of Mount St. Mary's and Dartmouth's Amy Patton each guided their teams into the field of 16.