April 26, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins will open ACC Tournament play against fifth-seeded Boston College Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m. The two teams are playing for the second time in six days as the Terps came away with a 13-11 win last Saturday over the Eagles.
The Terps enter Thursday's game with a record of 11-5 (2-3 ACC) and ranked fifth in the country. Boston College comes into the tournament with a record of 8-7 (1-4 ACC).
The winner will face top-seeded Duke on Friday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.
All of the ACC Tournament action can be followed online at www.umterps.com or www.TheACC.com. Audio for Maryland game's can be found at www.wmucsports.com (Thursday) and www.wmucradio (Friday and Sunday).
ACC Tournament Notes
Maryland has won five of nine ACC Tournaments. The Terps took home the title in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
The Terps are 11-4 all-time in the tournament. However, Maryland is looking to end a two-game losing streak in the tournament.
North Carolina and Virginia are the only teams to have eliminated Maryland in the ACC Tournament.
Kelly Kasper was named to the All-Tournament team last year. Delia Cox earned All-Tournament honors in 2004.
Kasper ACC Player Of The Week
Kelly Kasper was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week after leading the Terrapins to a win over Boston College.
It is Kasper's second ACC Player of the Week honor this season. It is the fourth time in the last five weeks a Terp has been recognized by the conference.
Kasper led all scorers with six points on four goals and two assists as Maryland posted a 13-11 win over the Eagles. She also came up with two groundballs, one draw control and caused four turnovers in the victory.
Down The Stretch: After a sluggish 3-3 start, the Terps have won eight of their last 10 games and are 3-2 against ranked opponents in that span ... the Terps have scored 150 goals over the last 10 games ... Krista Pellizzi and Katie Doolittle have each netted the most goals for the Terps with 29 in those games.
Between The Pipes: Sophomore Allie Buote has 129 saves on the season ... she had just 10 saves in limited action last season ... her goals against average of 8.78 ranks 17th among NCAA goalies this year.
Career Year: Krista Pellizzi had 34 career points (23g, 11a) in two seasons as a Terrapin ... this season she has 61 points (39g, 22a).
Balanced Attack: The Terps have five players with 30 or more points ... four players have double-digit assists on the year (Pellizzi, Kasper, Cox, Magor) ... those four are also ranked among the top ten in the ACC in assists per game.
Draw It Up: The Terps' improved play over the last seven games can be attributed to a better job on draw controls ... in Maryland's 3-3 start, the Terps were winning less than 50 percent of the draws (61 out of 126) ... however, over the last 10 games, Maryland has won nearly 60 percent of the draws (149 out of 260) ... Kelly Kasper has helped in that area, coming down with 36 draws in those games (3.6 draws per game).
Filling The Boxscore: Sophomore midfielder Kelly Kasper makes plays all over the field for the Terps ... she ranks among the top three on the team in six different categories (goals, assists, points, draw controls, groundballs and caused turnovers) ... she leads the league in caused turnovers per game (2.19) and is ninth in the country in that category ... she is second in the ACC in draw controls per game (2.75) and is 20th in the nation.
Against Ranked Opponents: Maryland is 3-3 vs. ranked opponents this year ... all of Maryland's losses this season have come to teams ranked in the top five.
That Thing You Doo: Junior Katie Doolittle has found her scoring touch, which has coincided with Maryland's strong play as of late ... in the last 10 games, she is tied for the team lead in goals with 29 ... she has five games of at least four goals this season.
ACColades: Three Terps have earned ACC Player of the Week honors this season: Delia Cox, Krista Pellizzi and Kelly Kasper (twice).
Last Year At The ACC Tournament
Virginia got five goals and an assit from Cary Chasney as the `Hoos built a 8-4 halftime lead and defeated Maryland 15-11 last season at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Terps pulled to within two early in the second half, but could not get closer the rest of the way.
Kelly Kasper led all Terps with three goals and an assist in the loss. She was named to the all-tournament team. Delia Cox, Krista Pellizzi and Katie Doolittle each chipped in a pair of goals each for the Terps.
Moving On Up
Delia Cox has scored 161 goals in her career, and she now needs just two more goals to crack Maryland's top five in that category.
With just two more points, she will become just the 12th person in Terrapin history to reach the 200-point mark.
With just six members, the ACC is one of the strongest leagues in the sport. Four out of the six teams are ranked in the top ten in the nation (according to the Inside Lacrosse poll), including Duke (1st) Virginia (4th), Maryland (5th) and North Carolina (6th).
In 15 of the last 16 seasons, the ACC has had at least one team in the finals (winning 11 national titles during that span).