Terps Continue Homestand, Host Syracuse on Saturday

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March 8, 1999

Syracuse at Maryland
Saturday, March 13, 1999
1:00 p.m.
Ludwig Field

Series history: Saturday's meeting against Syracuse marks the second meeting between the two schools. The Terps handed the Orangewomen a 21-7 defeat last season in the first meeting. The Terps lead the series 1-0.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team concludes its three-game homestand on Sat., March 13, as it hosts Syracuse at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terps enter Saturday's contest with the Orangewomen carrying a 3-0 record, including a 2-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps opened their 1999 season with a convincing 12-8 win at No. 9 Penn State, before returning home to host ACC rivals Duke and North Carolina. Maryland outlasted the sixth-ranked Blue Devils, posting an 8-5 win on Friday night, and followed it up with a 13-7 win against second-ranked North Carolina on Sunday.

Syracuse enters Saturday's game with an 0-1 record after falling to fourth-ranked Virginia, 15-6, on Saturday. The Orangewomen are led by sophomore Katrina Hable's three goals and junior Jenna Szyluk's two goals. Syracuse head coach Lisa Miller (William & Mary e87) owns a 9-5 record in her second season as the Orange's leader.

Maryland junior midfielder Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) scored a career-high four goals and sophomore attack Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) added three to lead the top-ranked Terrapins to a 13-7 win against the second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Maryland held a 5-3 advantage at the half before opening the second half with three consecutive goals before North Carolina would net its first goal at the 19:21 mark. At the 19:03 mark, the Terps embarked on another mini scoring drive, outscoring the Heels 4-0. The Heels scored twice more before time had expired.

Maryland's Kristin Sommar scored at the 3:49 mark in the second half, breaking open a 6-5 game, and leading the No. 1-ranked Terrapins to an 8-5 win against the Duke Blue Devils. Sommar's goal marked the Terps' first goal of the second half after they took a 6-2 lead at the half. Maryland junior Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) got the Terps on the board first at the 25:08 mark. The Terps then went on to outscore the Blue Devils 5-0 before Duke's Tricia Martin would net a goal at the buzzer. The Blue Devils would outscore the Terrapins 3-0 to start the second half before Sommar and sophomore Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) would score the final two goals to give the Terps the win.

Maryland sophomore Jen Adams scored four goals and added one assist and junior Kristin Sommar totaled three goals and two assists to lead the preseason top-ranked Terrapins to a 12-8 win against ninth-ranked Penn State in State College, Pa. Terrapin junior Christie Jenkins chipped in three goals, as well, to help pace the Terrapin offensive attack. The Terps rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes before the Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard. The Lions scored the next four goals and got as close as 7-6 before Sommar's second goal 25 seconds before the half created an 8-6 advantage. A pair of goals by Adams wrapped around another score by Sommar pushed the Maryland lead to 11-6. Penn State added two more goals and Jenkins added another for Maryland to complete the scoring. In goal, Maryland junior Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) posted 17 saves.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal (West Chester e76) is in her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin women's lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall. The Pennsylvania native has guided Maryland to five national championship titles, the inaugural ACC title in 1997, and eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She has posted a 130-11 record at Maryland, and a 206-51 (.802) overall record which ranks her ninth among all-time coaches in winning percentage. Timchal guided the Maryland women's lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the school's record fourth consecutive national championship. Timchal owns a 1-0 record against the Orangewomen after defeating them 21-7 on March 14, 1998.

Maryland is the country's all-time winningest program. The Terps own a 331-80-3 record and have posted an all-time winning percentage of .802. The Terps also own the longest current winning streak in Division I men's or women's lacrosse--a 50-game win streak which dated back to March 9, 1995, and extended itself to April 22, 1997.

Maryland juniors Alex Kahoe and Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and sophomores Jen Adams and Quinn Carney have played in all 180 minutes this season.

Freshmen Courtney Hobbs (West Lakes, South Australia) and Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) played a combined total of 139 minutes in Maryland's three games. They are the only freshmen on the roster who have seen playing time. Hobbs posted her first collegiate goal of her career in the Terps' 13-7 win against North Carolina.

Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney has now taken the center circle, replacing departed senior Sascha Newmarch. Carney has totaled eight draw controls and has helped lead the Terps to a 34-18 advantage against their opponents.

Maryland junior midfielder Tonia Porras is a 1999 preseason honorable mention All-American candidate by College Lacrosse.

She also recorded her first point of the young 1999 season as she assisted on a Quinn Carney-goal in the Terps' 13-7 win against North Carolina on March 7.


Pos.   No.   Name 
D      #3    Kerri Mulligan (Has started in all three games, 4 GB, 1 CT, 2 DC)
A      #7    Jen Adams (Has started in all three games, leading scorer with 13 points, team-high nine goals and four assists)
A      #9    Allison Comito (Has started in all three games, has totaled five points, three goals, two assists)
A      #11   Victoria Wellington (Has started in all three games, has totaled one point, one goal vs. North Carolina, 9 GB)
A      #16   Meghan McNamara (Has started in all three games, 1 GB, 3 CT)
A      #20   Quinn Carney (Has started in all three games, third-leading scorer, nine points, six goals, three assists, 8 DC)
M      #10   Kristin Sommar (Has started in all three games, second-leading scorer with 10 points, eight goals, 2 assists, 7 CT)
M      #12   Courtney Martinez (Has started in all three games, 6 GB)
M      #18   Tonia Porras (Has started in all three games, 1 assist, team-high nine DC)
M      #21   Christie Jenkins (Has started in all three games, fourth-leading scorer with seven points, four goals, three assists)
M      #23   Meredith Egan (Has started in all three games, 1 goal, eight GB)
GK     #33   Alex Kahoe (Has started all three games, 180 minutes played, 47 saves, 20 goals allowed, 6.67 GAA)

Maryland faces 13 of the top 20 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll.

Maryland plays six of the top-20 ranked teams on the road, including third-ranked Virginia on Tues., March 16. The Maryland vs. Virginia matchup has been tabbed the ACC match of the year by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, who earned All-America honors last season, will continue to hold the reins as the Terrapins' confident commander. Kahoe, a co-captain this year, has been the backbone of the Terrapin defense the past two seasons, and enters her junior season as one of the top players in the NCAA ranks. The Pennsylvania native established a new school record last year for saves with 269, surpassing the old school record of 233 which she set her freshman year. An NCAA all-tournament team selection last year, and this year's Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, Kahoe totaled a career-high 21 saves against Virginia in last year's NCAA championship game, five shy of the tournament record.

Maryland junior goalkeepr Alex Kahoe, the Terps' all-time saves leader, has totaled 47 saves and has allowed 20 goals in 180 minutes played. Here is a game-by-game breakdown of Kahoe's performances:

Opponent        Saves
Penn State      17*
Duke            16
North Carolina  14
*Indicates season-high

Maryland junior midfielders Kristin Sommar and Christie Jenkins are two of the 13 Maryland players listed on the U.S. National team's roster. Other Terps playing for the Red, White and Blue include Kelly Amonte, Erin Brown, Liz Downing, Dana Gwaltney, Laura Harmon Schuman, Theresa Ingram, Cathy Nelson, Maureen Scott, Michele Uhlfelder and Jessica Wilk.


.802 Maryland owns an all-time .802 winning percentage which ranks them as the county's most winningest program.

.802 Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal owns a .802 winning percentage.

1 Maryland is ranked preseason No. 1 by College Lacrosse USA.

3 Maryland returns three All-Americans from last year's national championship team -- Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe and Kristim Sommar.

4 Maryland won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, defeating Virginia, 11-5, in the championship game.

4 Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is ranked fourth among all-time coaching leaders in total games won with 206.

7 Maryland returns seven starters from last year's 18-3 NCAA championship team.

7 Maryland has captured seven national titles -- 1981, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

13 Maryland meets 13 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll-- North Carolina (2), Virginia (3), James Madison (4), Loyola (5), Dartmouth (6), Duke (7), Princeton (8), Penn State (9), Georgetown (10), William & Mary (12), Temple (13), Syracuse (14) and Brown (19).

13 Maryland sophomore Jen Adams has totaled a team-high 13 points (9G-4A).

17 Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe posted a season-high 17 saves in Maryland's 12-8 win against Penn State on Tuesday.

331 Maryland has totaled an all-time record of 331-80-3.

Maryland has outshot its opponents 102-72, including a team-high 21 shots by sophomore attack Jen Adams. Adams has scored nine goals and has posted a .429 shooting percentage.

Maryland has had the halftime lead in each of its three games.

Maryland welcomes back seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 1998 squad that posted an 18-3 record and captured the school's fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Gone from that team is three-time All-America midfielder Sascha Newmarch and two-time All-America attack Cathy Nelson. However, returning to the Terrapin lineup are junior All-Americans Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar. Kahoe and Jenkins earned co-captain honors. Joining the three All-Americans is junior Tonia Porras, a 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection and an honorable mention preseason All-American as selected by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal's corps of talented juniors will be assisted by a talented class of underclassmen, including 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection Jen Adams. Adams returns as the Terps' top returning scorer from 1998 (27g-17a-44 pts.). Joining Adams in the attack for Maryland are sophomores Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Meghan McNamara and Victoria Wellington. Carney is the Terps' second leading scorer of a year ago with 41 points. Sophomore Courtney Martinez joins Porras on the defensive wing, and Meg Carrington (Charlottesville, Va.), Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) and Kristin Crawford (Millersville, Md.) round out a talented sophomore class.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal added to her talent-laden team with the addition of freshmen midfielders Courtney Hobbs, Megan Kelly, Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) and Wendy VanNorden (Germantown, Md.). Freshman goalkeeper Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) looks to gain valuable experience playing behind junior All-American goalkeeper Alex Kahoe. At attack, freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) will see playing time and will combine with Jen Adams and Quinn Carney to form one of the most lethal offenses in the country.

Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait (Syracuse e91) is in a league of his own when it comes to national championships. A former lacrosse player at Syracuse, Gait owns a piece of all of Maryland's last four national championships, and was a three-time national champion for the Orangemen. His 15 goals scored in the 1990 NCAA Tournament is a tournament record, and his nine goals against Navy in 1988 is also a NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.

College Lacrosse USA has tabbed Maryland as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Selected to the preseason All-ACC team are juniors Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar in the midfield, sophomore Jen Adams on attack, junior Tonia Porras on defense, and junior Alex Kahoe in goal. Kahoe was also named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is featured on the cover of this month's US Lacrosse magazine. The team is pictured with the caption iOne for the Thumb...Maryland Goes for Its Fifth Straight Ring.i

Joining Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal and her assistant Gary Gait are three familiar faces in Maryland's women's lacrosse history. Sarah Forbes (Maryland e97), a three-time All-American, is in her first year as an assistant coach. Forbes ranks seventh all-time in assists (63) and 10th all-time in points (170) at Maryland. Her six assists against Brown in 1997 is also a Maryland single-game record.

The 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cathy Nelson (Maryland e98) returns to her alma mater as a student assistant coach. The second-leading scorer on last year's NCAA championship team, Nelson finished her stellar four-year career ranked fifth all-time on the Maryland career chart in total points with 217. Her 140 goals rank seventh all-time while her 77 assists are fifth all-time.

Helena Herrmann (Maryland e99) begins her first season as a student assistant coach after playing for the Terrapins in 1995 and 1998. Herrmann, a member of two of Maryland's national championship teams, earned the starting nod on defense last year and totaled a career-high three assists. In 1995, she scored a career-high two goals and added an assist.