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Feb. 12, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team opens its season Sunday when it welcomes Richmond to the Practice Turf Field. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.

Maryland, which returns five All-Americans from last season's final four squad, will play host to the Spiders to open the 2010 campaign.

Due to unprecedented winter weather conditions in the College Park area last week, the match pinning Maryland against Richmond has been moved to the Practice Turf Field, located between Stadium Drive and Shipley Baseball Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating will not be readily available at the venue. Fans will also need to park at Regents Drive Garage.

The Terps, who trail only five-time defending national champion Northwestern in the first IWLCA Top 25 poll, welcome back Lacrosse Magazine National Preseason Player of the Year Caitlyn McFadden. The senior returns for her final season in College Park after helping lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the FIL World Cup this summer in Prague.

Due to record snowfall in the College Park area the last week, the game will likely have a spectacular winter backdrop and will be free of charge to fans.

Sunday's match will be broadcast by WMUC and is available by clicking on the link above or by following

• The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 22nd appearance in the postseason in 2009.
• Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (54) and has the most wins with a 39-16 record.
• The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is four more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first five national titles the last five seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
• Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
• Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
• Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 516 and also boast the top winning percentage (.806).

• Despite winning the ACC championship and going a spectacular 21-1, including an undefeated record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, the Terps, which return every starter from last season, have some unfinished business to take care of --- bringing the national championship back to College Park.
• It had been five seemingly long seasons since the esteemed Maryland women's lacrosse program had advanced to the final four, but the wait finally ended in 2010 as the Terps landed in Towson for national semifinals.
• North Carolina narrowly edged Maryland, 8-7, in the final four.
• This year's Terps are a year older and a year wiser -- boasting possibly ten upperclassmen in their starting lineup -- and the goal has never been clearer.

• Sunday's match is also the season opener for Richmond, who hails from the Atlantic-10 conference.
• The Spiders, who finished 6-12 in 2009, were picked to finish third in the A-10 this season.
• Sunday's match is first for Richmond under the guidance of first-year head coach Stephy Samaras.
• The Spiders welcome back All-Rookie selections Caitlin Fifield and Sam Tajirian.
• Maryland topped Richmond, 17-6, last season on the road.Then-freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals and the sixth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team opened up the 2009 campaign with win.
• In that contest, Johnson led all players with five goals and five draw controls while Sarah Mollison had a career-high three assists. The Jones sister (Brittany and Brandi) tandem combined for seven points on five goals and two assists. Katie Gallagher and Brittany Poist led the Maryland defense with three groundballs a piece.
• The Terps are a perfect 16-0 in the all-time series.

Last 10 Meetings:
February 15, 2009: MARYLAND 17, Richmond 6
March 12, 2008: Richmond 9, MARYLAND 17
March 7, 2007: MARYLAND 15, Richmond 9
March 4, 2006: Richmond 9, MARYLAND 12
March 3, 2005: MARYLAND 14, Richmond 6
February 21, 2004: Richmond 6, MARYLAND 16
April 14, 1992: Richmond 0, MARYLAND 17
March 8, 1991: MARYLAND 15, Richmond 4 1989: MARYLAND 10, Richmond 7

• ACC Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the second half to lift the Terps to its first title since 2003 as top-seeded Maryland downed Duke, 12-11, to win the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Thompson Field on the campus of Virginia Tech.
• McFadden was named tournament MVP while teammates Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Brittany Jones and Karissa Taylor all landed on the all-tournament team.

Caitlyn McFadden headlined the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist was recognized alongside freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
• McFadden helped make it three-in-a-row for Maryland as Dana Dobbie won the coveted Player of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008. She was also named ACC Tournament MVP and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
• Johnson secured Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous freshman campaign in which she tallied team-highs in goals (70) and draw controls (669).
• Reese garnered her second ACC Coach of the Year honor in only three seasons at the helm of the Maryland program. Reese guided the Terps to a 21-1 record and an ACC title in 2009.

• Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason National Player of the Year, as announced by the publication.
• McFadden, who helped guide the U. S. to a gold medal in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer, was tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year last season along with a clean sweep of every ACC honor, including Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ended the 2009 campaign with 54 goals, 31 assists and 37 draw controls. The Phoenix, Md., native has started in every match since her arrival to College Park in 2007 and is one-goal shy of 100 career goals as a Terp.

• A total of six Terps garnered regional All-American status last season with five moving on to earn national honors -- all return for Maryland this season.
• Regionally, Caitlyn McFadden, Karissa Taylor, Sarah Mollison, Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson all landed on the first team while Laura Merrifield racked up regional second team honors.
• The first team honorees advanced to national voting where McFadden and Johnson were each tabbed to the first team. Mollison and Brandi Jones landed on the second team and Taylor earned third-team accolades.
• McFadden was also named IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.

• A total of 16 current and former Terps competed for their respective countries in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer.
• Included in that mix are current Maryland standouts Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison.
• McFadden helped guide the U.S. to the gold medal, topping Mollison and Team Australia in the finals. Merrifield led her native England to the semifinals before bowing out to the U.S.

• Maryland freshman Katie Schwarzmann has been tabbed "Athlete of the Decade" by the Carroll County Times.
• A three-sport standout, excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, Schwarzmann was named first-team All-Decade in all three sports.

• The underclassmen for Maryland were nothing short of spectacular last season and folks can expect much of the same for the 2010 campaign.
• 62 percent (299 points) of the Terps' scoring came via the freshman and sophomore classes. The youth have also been responsible for 62 percent (208g) of the goal scoring.
• Last season, then-rookie Karri Ellen Johnson led Maryland in goals and points.

• Maryland, compliments of a 19-0 record, racked up its eighth undefeated regular season following a win against Princeton, 20-12, on May 2, 2009.
• The unblemished record was the first for Maryland since 2001, when it last one the national championship.

• Maryland is 27-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
• The Terps have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
• The Terps are 167-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 11 perfect seasons in that span.
• Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.

• The Terps are not afraid to challenge the top teams in the nation and have lined up ten top-25 squads, including six in the top ten, in their 2010 slate.
• Maryland will square off against No. 3 Penn, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Virginia, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 Dartmouth, No. 17 Towson and No. 18 Penn State this season. (according to IWLCA Top 25 Poll)

Sarah Mollison will join two-time captains Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor as captains for the defending ACC champions.
• McFadden, who was tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, gathered a slew of awards last season, including a sweep of every conference award and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
• Spinnenweber started in every match except one in 2009, tallying career-highs in goals (26), assists (9), points (35), draw controls (22), caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (16).
• Taylor picked up Third Team All-America honors last season while guiding the Terrapin defense to a 9.11 GAA. She also contributed offensively during her junior campaign, registering 10 goals and four assists.
• Mollison, a junior, started in every match for Maryland's attack in 2009, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 38 assists for the ACC champion Terps.

• Over the offseason, both head coach Cathy Reese and assistant coach Quinn Carney were awarded the prestigious honor of being named to various Hall of Fames.
• Carney was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame while Reese landed in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January.

• Possibly the finest sister combination in the country, Brittany and Brandi Jones team up once again this season in the Maryland midfield.
• Brandi took her game to a new level in 2009, being tabbed an All-American and All-ACC after racking up 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore for the ACC champion Terrapins.
• Brittany had a breakout season in 2009 notching career-highs in goals (33), assists (8), points (41), and draw controls (23). She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals and adding two draw controls in Maryland's run to the title.

• The prestigious Maryland women's lacrosse program has welcomed yet another solid class to College Park this season.
• Ten rookies will suit up for their collegiate debut Sunday versus Richmond.
• Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:

#10 Alex Aust * Freshman * M
- three-sport standout in field hockey, lacrosse and basketball at Bullis
- All-Gazette in both field hockey and basketball as a senior in addition to being tabbed All-ISL, All-Met second team, All-Gazette, Under Armour All-American and squad MVP in lacrosse

#17 Sam Barber * Freshman * D/M
- racked up first team All-American, Concorde District, and Northern Region honors as a senior at Robinson Secondary
- 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List

#15 Melissa Diepold * Freshman * D
- Three-sport athlete at Perry Hall High School
- first team all-county and all-division in lacrosse as a junior and senior

#34 Kasey Howard * Freshman * G
- Three-year goalie at Broadneck
- second team all-county and led Anne Arundel County in save percentage final two years

#30 Danielle Kirk * Freshman * M/A
- in 2009, was tabbed Washington Post Second Team All-Metro, Baltimore Sun Second Team All-Metro, All-Tewaaraton Team, IAAM All-Star and Capital All-County
- voted Under Armour MVP for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Tournament in 2008

#11 Sarah Matz * Freshman * M/A
- all-conference, second team all-metro, Baltimore City Player of the Year, Baltimore Messenger Player of the Year, Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore City and was tabbed to play in the Under Armour All-American game as a senior
- also a standout in soccer, where she was a two-time captain and All-Baltimore City

#36 Kristen McAfee * Freshman * D
- four-year lacrosse letterwinner, helping Moorestown HS to state titles all four seasons
- also plays soccer for Maryland

#14 Iliana Sanza * Freshman * D
- won 12 letters while enrolled at St. Paul's School for Girls, four apiece in soccer, basketball and lacrosse
- First Team All-American, all-metro, all-county, IAAM All-Star in lacrosse as a senior

#7 Katie Schwarzmann * Freshman * M
- talented three-sport standout at Century High School
- Scharzmann was a three-time All-American in lacrosse, also earning First Team All-Metro, Carroll County Times Player of the Year, First Team All-County and First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors

#32 Anne Morgan Yeatman * Freshman * A
- team captain, first team All-North County, All-CIF and San Diego County All-Star as a senior
- brother, Will, also plays lacrosse at Maryland

• Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at