March 24, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's lacrosse team will face No. 2 Penn State and No. 13 Ohio State at the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, this year being hosted at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, home of this year's Final Four for women's lacrosse.
Maryland (5-3) will face its third and fourth straight ranked opponents this weeekend in Penn State (5-2) and Ohio State (4-2). The Terps are 0-3 against ranked teams thus far, but all of those teams have been ranked in the top 10 and have been ranked higher than Maryland. Maryland is in the middle of a six-game road trip. Four of those six games are against teams that are ranked.
The Terps went 2-0 at last year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, posting a 12-11 win over the Nittany Lions and a 14-4 win over the Buckeyes.
Maryland leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 25-13-1. However, the last three games have all been decided by two goals or less. The last PSU victory over Maryland was in 1991, a 7-6 victory for the Nittany Lions in Cindy Timchal's first season at Maryland.
#11 Maryland vs. #2 Penn State
Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
#11 Maryland vs. #13 Ohio State
Penn State enters the weekend ranked second in the country after knocking off the two previous No.1-ranked teams in the country, Virginia and Princeton. However, the Nittany Lions are coming off a 6-5 loss to Temple on Tuesday.
The Maryland-Ohio State series started with the ACC/ALC Challenge back in 2001. The Terps hold a 3-1 edge in the series, with OSU's win coming in 2002 (a 12-11 victory for the Buckeyes). Ohio State also lost in its last outing, 13-11, to Cornell.
This weekend's games will be broadcast on 88.1 FM and www.wmucradio.com.
A look ahead: Maryland will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for its first-ever ACC meeting with Virginia Tech on Saturday, April 2.
The Week That Was
Maryland went 1-1 on the week, rallying for a thrilling 10-9 win over George Mason and losing 10-8 at Dartmouth.
Kelly Kasper picked up her own rebound in the fifth overtime period and finished for the goal to give Maryland a 10-9 win over George Mason last Wednesday. The Terps erased a 7-3 halftime deficit and led 9-8 late in the game, but the Patriots were able to force overtime.
Jessica Dorney led all Terps with four points on two goals and two assists. After surrendering the seven first half goals, the Maryland defense tightened up and allowed just two goals over the game's final 42 minutes, including none in the overtime periods.
Against Dartmouth, Maryland jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but the Big Green rallied for four goals in the final minutes of the first half on its way to a 10-8 win over the Terps. The win was the first-ever for Dartmouth over Maryland.
Delia Cox paced the Terp offense with four goals. Kirah Miles played well in goal stopping 12 Big Green shots.
Annie Collins owns the team's longest scoring streak at 11 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.
In Maryland's five victories, opponents have not scored more than 10 goals. In fact, Terp opponents are averaging just 5.95 goals per game in Maryland victories.
However, in the two Terrapin losses, Maryland has given up an average of 11.67 goals.
Offensively, Maryland is averaging 13.82 goals per game in its five victories, but just 7.67 in its losses.
Dating back to last season, the Terps are 0-7 when failing to score double-digits.
The final 15 minutes of the first half (the unofficial "second quarter") of the game has proven to be a tough stretch for the Terrapins.
Maryland is being outscored 24-13 in the "second quarter." Subtracting the wins against Richmond and Denver, the Terps are being outscored 22-4.
Junior Delia Cox is just one goal shy of her 100th career goal.
Cox, who has 16 goals this season, scored 36 as a freshman and 47 last season.
Acacia Walker is also nearing the 100-goal mark for her career. Walker, who leads the team in goals with 17 this season, has 90 career goals.
Just 23 players have scored 100 career goals at Maryland.
Scouting Penn State
Penn State has been the giant-killers so far this season, knocking off two No. 1 and previously unbeaten teams in Virginia and Princeton in successive weeks. However, the Nittany Lions fell in their last outing, losing 6-5 to Temple on Tuesday. PSU enters Friday's game with a 5-2 record on the season.
The Nittany Lions have five players with double-digit goals and points. Kristen Burke leads the team with 26 points on 16 goal and 10 assists. Emily Chambers, Lori Havrilla and Shari Maslin each have 21 points on the year. Lindsay Dutch has added 14 goals for PSU this season.
For the third straight game, Maryland will face another top-notch goalie in All-American Lee Tortorelli. So far this season, Tortorelli has allowed more goals (51) than saves (47), but is still surrendering just 7.87 goals per game.
Penn State is 3-0 against ranked opponents this season, but just 2-2 against non-ranked foes.