Feb. 18, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland returns to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for the first time since last March when it plays host to No. 16 Penn State on Sunday. Opening draw is slated for noon.
The defending national champion Terrapins (2-0) spent the second half of their stellar 2010 season at Ludwig Field, including a sensational run to their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Maryland trumped Delaware its last time out Wednesday. The trio of Karri Ellen Johnson, Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust combined for 14 of Maryland's 17 scores. Johnson, the 2011 Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Preseason National Player of the Year, has been electrifying in the first two games, racking up a team-high 12 goals.
Penn State will see its first action this season when it treks to College Park Sunday. The Nittany Lions return eight starters from the 2010 unit that finished 10-7.
Fans can follow the contest on Gametracker or by clicking on the link above for a live radio broadcast via WMUCSports.com.
THEY'RE BACK - TITLE TERPS READY TO DEFEND CROWN
Maryland is looking to extend its nation-topping numbers by garnering its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 12th national title in 2011. While the absence of Tewaaraton winner Caitlyn McFadden and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Karissa Taylor will undoubtedly leave a void, 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year Cathy Reese and the Terps look forward to filling the gaps with a mix of old and new to create yet another national champion contending unit for the 2011 season.
Three IWLCA All-Americans return for the defending national champion Terps, including senior attacker Sarah Mollison, junior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson and sophomore midfielder Katie Schwarzmann. Johnson has been pegged by Lacrosse Magazine as its preseason national player of the year.
Top defender Katie Gallagher is a welcomed back-addition to the roster after serving a redshirt season during the Terrapin's run to the crown.
The Terps home schedule will be an exciting one as Maryland welcomes the likes of Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, Penn and North Carolina to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
SCOUTING PENN STATE...
Penn State returns 18 letterwinners and eight starters from its 2010 squad that finished the season 10-7.
The Nittany Lions are under the guidance of first year head coach and Maryland alumna Missy Doherty.
PSU's two top returning scorers are senior Jen Steadman (45 points) and sophomore Mary Fernandez (40 points). Steadman is a former teammate of Maryland All-American Katie Schwarzmann.
Maryland is 32-14-1 all-time against PSU and dropped the Nittany Lions, 17-9, in the last outing in 2010.
OFFENSE HANDLES HENS
No. 1 Maryland's offense was once again on display as Karri Ellen Johnson and Katie Schwarzmann combined for 10 goals in a 17-8 rout of Delaware Wednesday.
Johnson extended her streak to 47 games with a score at 15:53. It would be the junior's first of three in a three-minute span as Maryland went on a devastating 12-1 run to begin the contest.
Maryland boasted a fantastic shooting percentage, sinking 17 of the 23 shots it attempted in the match. Schwarzmann tied a career-high with five goals. Fellow classmate Alex Aust also put up career numbers, tacking on four goals and six points.
TERPS TROUNCE SPIDERS IN OPENER
Karri Ellen Johnson had a career-high seven goals and Sarah Mollison tied a school-record with six assists to lead No. 1 Maryland past Richmond, 18-7, Sunday.
Johnson landed on Maryland's career goals list and Mollison's six helpers tied a Terrapin single-game record.
Katie Schwarzmann ended with a career-high five goals on the day. Junior Brittany Dipper made five saves and senior Katie Gallagher tallied three caused turnovers and a pair of groundballs to lead the Terps defensively.
WHAT A RIDE...
Maryland captured its 10th NCAA crown when it staged an incredible comeback from a 6-0 deficit against five-time defending champion Northwestern in the national title game to conclude the 2010 season.
It was Maryland's first NCAA title since 2001. The game was played in front a record-crowd totaling nearly 10,000 people.
GALLAGHER RETURNS FOR DEFENSE
After serving a redshirt season during Maryland's run to the national title in 2010, Katie Gallagher returns to action in 2011 to help rejuvenate a defense that will be without the services of departing seniors Abby Caso and Karissa Taylor.
Gallagher is entering her third season as a starter and totaled 24 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls prior to her redshirt senior season in 2011.
KEJ TABBED PRESEASON BEST
Junior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson has been named Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division I Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the publication Monday.
Johnson, a local product from Annapolis, amassed 143 goals in only two seasons in College Park. She capped last year's magical run to the program's 10th NCAA championship by scoring three times in the Terps' 13-11 win over five-time defending champion Northwestern in the NCAA final.
The two-time IWLCA All-American is currently ranked eighth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 155.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 40-1 at home under fourth-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past four seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 180-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 12 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
COLLEGE PARK - STREAK CITY
Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
Johnson and Mollison's boast a string of 47 consecutive games with either an assist or a goal. Johnson also owns the second-longest goal scoring streak after scoring in all 47 games she has appeared in as a Terp.
The Maryland defense has allowed an opponent to score more than eight goals only three times in the last 12 games.
The Terps surrendered 13 scores at North Carolina April 10, 2010 - their last loss - and gave up 10 to Penn and 11 to Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament.
This season, the Terps are giving up an average of 7.5 goals per game.
In its first two games in 2011, Maryland has successfully cleared the ball at a .917 clip.
The Terps are 22-for-24 in clear attempts in 2011.
REESE RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON
Head coach Cathy Reese returns for her fifth season at her alma mater.
2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
2007, 2009, and 2010 ACC Coach of the Year
2009, 2010 ACC Champions
Coached 2008, 2007, 2009 and 2010 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, 14 All-Americans, and 15 All-ACC selections
2009 and 2010 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
Maryland boasts three players from countries outside the U.S., including captains Sarah Mollison (Australia) and Laura Merrifield (England).
A transfer from Cal-Berkley, Camilla Hayes joins Merrifield as a representative from England.
SMALLS DISHIN' IT OUT
One game into her senior season, Sarah Mollison added her name to the Maryland career assists list.
The senior from Melbourne, Australia, ranks eighth all-time in career helpers at Maryland with 84.
She tied a school-record for assists in a game with six in the season opener at Richmond.
Cathy Reese has named seniors Sarah Mollison, Katie Gallagher and Laura Merrifield captains for the 2011 campaign.
Mollison served as captain last year as a junior, helping lead Maryland to its first national championship since 2001. The attacker was third on the team last season with 45 goals. The Melbourne, Australia, native is a two-time All-American and returns for her third season as a starter.
Gallagher missed last season with an illness but is poised to lead the Terrapin defense in 2011. One of Maryland's strongest players, Gallagher is a three-year starter for the Terps and played a key role in the squad capturing the 2009 ACC Championship.
Merrifield has been a steady force in the midfield for Maryland since her arrival. As one of the tallest players in the country, she brings an imposing stature to the Terps' offensive scheme and also boasts the speed to allow Maryland to run its fast-paced style of play.
TERPS LAX - A FAMILY AFFAIR
Maryland freshmen Abbey Clipp and Annie Farrell have a family link to the Terps.
Clipp's sister Becky is a former All-American for the women's lacrosse program. Farrell's brother, Brian, is an All-American long pole for the Terrapin men's lacrosse unit.
THE YOUNG AND TALENTED
Four freshmen once again represented the University of Maryland well when they played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.
Brooke Griffin led all South scorers with three goals as the North edged the South.
Beth Glaros, Amalie Trentzsch and Kelsey Horton all earned starts and joined Griffin.
Horton tallied a team-high four assists on the day, including two to Griffin, while adding a goal. Glaros scooped a ground ball and the combo of Griffin and Horton gathered a combined six draw controls in the all-star action.
RED, WHITE & BLUE TERPS
When the Terps tangled with the U.S. this preseason, they were without the services of key players Katie Schwarzmann and Brittany Poist.
Schwarzmann, an IWLCA Second Team All-American and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, is in her first full season with U.S. Senior National Team. She joins her older sister, Lauren, on the squad.
Poist is also experiencing her first action with the U.S. Senior National Team. A transfer from the University of Louisville, Poist played an integral role for Maryland as a junior, helping lead the nation's top defense.
Former Terps Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden are also on the U.S. National Team.
TERPS RACK UP SEVENTH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Led by five points from Caitlyn McFadden and a career-high 12 saves from Brittany Dipper, Maryland upended No. 1 North Carolina, 10-5, to win its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship title in 2010.
UNC was held to its lowest goal output of the year while Brittany Poist led the Terrapin defense with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Maryland, which has played host to the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship twice, has won the tournament in both attempts with defeats of Carolina in the title game on each occasion.
McFadden was tabbed tournament most valuable player while teammates Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Laura Merrifield, and Karissa Taylor joined her on the all-tournament team.
FOLLOW THE TERPS!
There are many ways to follow the Maryland women's lacrosse team this season.
Umterps.com will have a live interactive blog for most away games, including Richmond, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgetown.
WMUCSports.com will once again be broadcasting the majority of the games. Log on to their site for more information.
TerpsTV Premium will also be webcasting Maryland home games against Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.