March 31, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The ninth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for its first-ever ACC game against Virginia Tech. The game will be the first ACC lacrosse game for the Hokies. The Terps are coming off a 13-8 win over Ohio State in their last outing, while the Hokies have won their last two games, including a 16-6 win over Bucknell on Saturday (March 26).
Maryland (6-4, 0-2) is looking for its first ACC win of the season.
The Terps' four losses have come against teams that were ranked No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 7 at the time of the game.
Maryland is playing its fifth of six games away from College Park. Four of those six games are against teams that are ranked.
Maryland won its only meeting with Virginia Tech, 18-1, in 2003.
The Hokies are coached by Maryland alum Tami Riley (class of 1996). Riley was a part of three NCAA championship teams with the Terrapins, and was an NCAA All-Tournament selection in 1995 and 1996. She is in her fourth season as head coach of Virginia Tech after being an assistant at James Madison and Virginia.
A look ahead: Maryland will take on a pair of local rivals next week in Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. The Terps will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take on the Hoyas at 4 p.m., and will return to College Park on Saturday to host the Blue Jays at 1 p.m.
The Week That Was
Maryland went 1-1 at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, losing a tough 13-12 decision to second-ranked Penn State and defeating No. 13 Ohio State, 13-8.
Three Terp seniors helped pace the Terps over the weekend, led by Acacia Walker's nine points (7g, 2a). Annie Collins twice matched her career high of four assists against both Penn State and Ohio State to finish the weekend with eight points. Jessica Dorney tallied five goals and two assists for seven points in two games.
Against Penn State, the Terps were extremely disciplined and patient in the first half, scoring 10 goals on 19 shots. However, the Nittany Lions jumped back into the game early in the second half scoring three straight goals in the first three minutes of the second half to make it a 10-9 game. Penn State would limit the Maryland attack to just two second half goals and went on to prevail 13-12. The Nittany Lions benefitted from four free-position goals. Acacia Walker contributed a strong game with four goals and one assist in addition to controlling four draws and grabbing five ground balls.
Against Ohio State, Maryland ripped off eight straight second half goals to overcome an early second half deficit and defeat the Buckeyes, 13-8. Trailing 6-4 and without one of its best offensive weapons in Delia Cox who had been ejected after a second yellow card, the Terps scored eight times in 11 minutes to seize command of the game. Jessica Dorney, Acacia Walker and Katie Doolittle each notched a pair during that run, and freshmen Kelly Kasper and Casey Magor each contributed a goal. Senior goalie Kirah Miles was superb in goal, stopping 15 Buckeye shots, including four free-positions.
Annie Collins owns the team's longest scoring streak at 13 games after scoring in each of Maryland's first eight games (and the Terps' last three from last season). Collins and Jessica Dorney are the only Terps to tally at least one point in every game this season.
Dorney not only has a point in every game this season, she has scored a goal in every game (including three hat tricks).
The magic number for the Terps seems to be 10. In Maryland's six victories, the Terps have held their opponents under the double-digit threshold. In all four losses, the Terps have given up 10 or more goals.
Dating back to last season, the Terps are 0-7 when failing to score double-digits.
A Tale of Two Halves
Whether it be a slow start and a hot finish, or a quick start before cooling off, the Terps have been completely different teams in halves of the same games this season.
Against Duke and Old Dominion, Maryland managed just one goal first half goal in each game. However, the Terps outscored their opponents 18-7 in the final 30 minutes. Maryland had just six goals against Brown before exploding for 14 goals in the second frame.
Against Richmond, Maryland raced out and scored 10 goals in the first half, but managed just four goals the rest of the way.
The Terps fell behind 7-3 against George Mason, but exploded for six goals in the second half and got the game-winner in overtime for the win.
At the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Terps but together a great first half against Penn State (10 goals) and a great second half against Ohio State (nine goals). However, in the other halves of those games, the Terps managed just two goals against PSU and four against OSU.
Generally, the Terps seem to be a second half team, outscoring opponents 72-41 in the final 30 minutes.
Scouting Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech enters Saturday's game with a 3-5 overall record. The game against Maryland will be its first-ever ACC lacrosse contest.
After opening the season with a win, the Hokies dropped four straight, including a pair of one-goal decisions. Virginia Tech has bounced back in its last two games, though, defeating Howard and Bucknell.
The Terps and Hokies have played two common opponents this season in George Mason and Ohio State. Each team defeated the Patriots, but Maryland defeated the Buckeyes while the Hokies lost a 13-7 decision to OSU.
Natasha Fuchs leads the team in scoring with 33 points on 12 goals and 21 assists. Lindsay Pieper has a team-high 20 goals to go with two assists on the year, and Stephanie Jones has contributed 17 goals and nine assists.
Nikki Schiavone has started all eight games in the cage for the Hokies. She is allowing just under 10 goals per game and has made 73 saves.