April 8, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
It's been 322 days in the making, but the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team will finally get its shot at redemption Saturday when it travels to No. 3 North Carolina for a rematch of last season's NCAA semifinal battle. The Atlantic Coast Conference showdown is slated for 11 a.m.
The Terps (12-0, 3-0 ACC) have won 33 of its last 34 contests with the lone smudge on its pristine record coming at the hands of the Tar Heels in the 2009 NCAA Final Four. Maryland has dropped six top-10 ranked opponents in 2010, including defeats of No. 7 Towson and No. 6 Penn last week. Sarah Mollison garnered ACC Player of the Week honors for her efforts after notching nine points in Maryland's two wins.
North Carolina is 10-1 with its only loss coming at Virginia in overtime. The Tar Heels are led offensively by Corey Donohoe, who boasts 29 goals and 12 assists. Maryland leads the all-time series, 15-8, and has won six of the last 10 meetings.
A live radio broadcast of Saturday's contest will be available by clicking on the link above or by logging on to www.wmucsports.com.
SIMPLY THE BEST - MARYLAND WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times, a number that tops any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 22nd NCAA appearance 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 has appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2010 season, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 516 and also boast the top winning percentage (.806).
TERPS TOPPLE No. 6 PENN ON THE ROAD
Sophomore duo Karri Ellen Johnson and Kristy Black combined for seven goals as No. 2 Maryland toppled No. 6 Penn, 12-6, on the road last Friday night.
Johnson, who has scored in all 34 matches she has appeared in at Maryland, scored a game-high four goals and added an assist for five points on the day. Black put three in the back of the net while Tewaaraton nominees Caitlyn McFadden and Sarah Mollison each added two scores.
The Terrapin defense held Penn to 13 shots in the match while causing six Quaker turnovers, led by three from McFadden. Maryland's defense has held 11 of its 12 opponents to ten or fewer goals this season while topping its sixth top-ten ranked foe.
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 2009 as the Terps landed in Towson for national semifinals.
This year's Terps are a year older and a year wiser -- boasting a total of ten upperclassmen in their starting lineup -- and the goal has never been clearer.
TERPS RALLY PAST INTRASTATE-RIVAL No. 7 TOWSON
No. 2 Maryland rallied from a five-goal first half deficit to drop intrastate rival No. 7 Towson, 12-10, Wednesday night.
Sarah Mollison led the Terps' late charge with three of Maryland's eight scores in the second stanza while the defense held Towson to a mere two goals in the final 38:22. Mollison finished the evening with a game-high four goals and six points, followed by Caitlyn McFadden, who tallied a pair of goals and dished out three assists. Young Terp standouts freshman Katie Schwarzmann and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson added two goals apiece.
Terp goalie Mary Jordan entered the match midway through the first half and tallied four saves while surrendering only three goals to earn her second-straight win. Maryland held its opponent to ten or fewer goals for the 10th time in 2010.
Maryland has now defeated five top-ten ranked opponents this season.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
No. 3 North Carolina is 10-1 heading into Saturday's ACC match. The Tar Heels fell to Virginia, 13-12, in overtime in its only loss this season.
UNC has demolished its last two opponents, defeating Old Dominion, 16-2, and Virginia Tech, 19-3, in a three-day span last week.
Corey Donohoe leads the way for Carolina with 29 goals and 13 assists. Becky Lynch follows closely behind with 24 goals and 15 assists. At the draw, Kristen Carr paces the Tar Heels with 37 draw controls.
Maryland leads the all-time series, 15-8, and has won of six of the last ten meetings.
Last ten meetings:
Mary 23, 2009 - UNC, 8, Maryland 7 (NCAA Tournament)
April 11, 2009 - UNC 8, Maryland 13
April 25, 2008 - UNC 4, Maryland 6 (ACC Tournament)
April 12, 2008 - Maryland 10, UNC 8
March 24, 2007 - UNC 6, Maryland 8
May 14, 2006 - Maryland 6, UNC 9 (NCAA Tournament)
April 15, 2006 - Maryland 9, UNC 11
April 16, 2006 - Maryland 7, UNC 14
April 17, 2005 - UNC 9, Maryland 11
April 18, 2003 - UNC 5, Maryland 13 (ACC Tournament)
CAROLINA ON MY MIND
After dispensing of then-No. 4 North Carolina, 13-5, in mid-April to win its third-straight ACC regular season crown, Maryland and college lacrosse fans across the country were stunned when the Tar Heels upended the 2009 Terps, 8-7, in the NCAA semifinals on the campus of Towson University. This season's Terps are ready to move on to the next chapter of the ACC rivarly, and they will need to do so in hostile territory - Chapel Hill.
In the last meeting between the two programs, Maryland was led by four goals from then-freshman Karri Ellen Johnson, who also tallied five ground balls and two draw controls. Sarah Mollison ended the contest with two goals. The Terrapin offense was held to a season-low 22 shots in the game but managed to outshoot its opponent as well as mustering more ground balls and more caused turnovers.
SPREADING THE LOVE
Maryland had three different players earn weekly awards after dropping No. 7 Towson and No. 6 Penn in consecutive matches.
Sarah Mollison was named ACC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 4, while Caitlyn McFadden garnered Womenslacrosse.com's Offensive Player of the Week and Karri Ellen Johnson was tabbed Womenslax.com Player of the Week.
Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden, Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
McFadden's 34-game point scoring streak ranks 13th in the nation, while Johnson and Mollison's 32-game version is tied for 15th. Johnson also boasts the eighth-longest goal scoring streak after scoring in all 34 games she has appeared in as a Terp.
#100 IN SIGHT
Head coach Cathy Reese is two-wins shy of career win No. 100 heading into Maryland's highly-anticipated match against North Carolina Saturday.
The former Terrapin All-American is 98-37 in her seven-year career, which began at the University of Denver. Reese is 67-8 all-time at the helm of the Maryland program and has not lost a regular season match in College Park during her four seasons with the Terps.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Several Terps find their names scattered among the active leader lists in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse.
Caitlyn McFadden is currently second among active leaders in career assists (94), fifth in points (220) and 23rd in goals (126).
As only a sophomore, Karri Ellen Johnson ranks 28th in the nation in active career goals (109). Maryland senior Kate Faas, who spent the first two years of her collegiate career at St. Bonaventure, ranks 30th with 165 career points.
TOPPLING THE TOP
Don't accuse Maryland of padding its schedule with fluff teams. The Terps have already battled nine top-20 squads, with six being ranked in the top ten. Maryland has topped all nine and is doing so by an average of 7.89 goals per game.
Below is a rundown of Maryland's assault on the polls.
X - #18 Penn State, 17-9
X - #5 Duke, 17-4
X - #9 Virginia, 11-5
X - #15 New Hampshire, 20-6
X - #7 Georgetown, 20-11
X - #8 Stanford, 20-8
X - #20 James Madison, 8-7
X - #7 Towson, 12-10
X - #6 Penn, 12-6
A BALANCING ACT
Maryland's offense, while dominant, is also incredibly balanced, boasting eight players with double-digit goals.
Karri Ellen Johnson (35), Caitlyn McFadden (27), Sarah Mollison (21), Katie Schwarzmann (19), Brandi Jones (15), Amanda Spinnenweber (12), Laura Merrifield (12) and Kate Faas (12) give Maryland an extremely dynamic attack, providing solid looks at goal from all over the field.
FH & LAX COMPLEX FINALE
Maryland, which began the season with a snow-filled opener at the football field turf, went 6-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex this season and concluded its home venue slate against Towson on Wednesday.
The Terps, who play host to the 2010 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Ludwig Field, will switch locations for its final home game prior to the championships versus Virginia Tech April 17 and will remain there for the final two home games following ACCs.
The field turf at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex will be getting a makeover after sustaining some damage following the series of blizzards in College Park this winter.
SCHWARZMANN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending March 28.
Schwarzmann tallied five goals and six points in a pair of wins over ranked opponents on the week to move No. 2 Maryland to a perfect 10-0 in 2010. Schwarzmann, who boasts 16 goals and six assists this season, was also named Rookie of the Week by Womenslax.com.
MARYLAND ROUTS No. 8 STANFORD, 20-8
Ten different Terps scored Thursday to lift the No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 8 Stanford, 20-8.
Of the ten Maryland goal scorers, seven were multiple offenders, led by four from Karri Ellen Johnson and three from Laura Merrifield. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also tallied a game-high seven draw controls, the majority of which led to Maryland goals.
Maryland has outscored the four top-ten foes it has faced by a total of 68-28. The Terps outshot its West Coast opponent, 43-16, to move to a perfect 4-0 against Stanford all-time.
George Mason's Megan Udovich finally stymied Maryland's defense with a goal with 2:33 remaining in the first half to stop Maryland's streak of 67 consecutive minutes without surrendering a goal.
Maryland, which is allowing a mere seven goals per game this season, held No. 9 Virginia scoreless the final 39:43 of last Friday's match before preventing Mason from seeing the back of the net for 27:27 to begin the Terps' game in Fairfax.
THE 200-POINT CLUB
With seven points against George Mason, senior Caitlyn McFadden joined Maryland's prestigious 200-point club for her career.
The four-year starter is currently 10th all-time. Former Maryland great Jen Adams leads the way with 445 career points, the most in NCAA women's lacrosse history. Maryland assistant coach Quinn Carney is fourth with 272, while head coach Cathy Reese is 12th with 217.
MARYLAND DROPS VIRGINIA, 11-5
The No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team held No. 9 Virginia scoreless in the second half on its way to an 11-5 defeat of the Cavaliers.
After the two perennial powerhouses battled to a 6-5 Maryland advantage through the first 30 minutes of play, the Terps held the Cavs to a mere three shots in the second stanza.
Karri Ellen Johnson ended the day a match-high four goals while adding an assist, two caused turnovers, a draw control and a ground ball. Sarah Mollison also tallied five points on two goals and three assists.
Maryland held a decisive shot advantage, 33-11, and kept an opponent from reaching a double-digit goal output for the fourth consecutive time this season.
MARYLAND LANDS FOUR ON TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Maryland boasted four players on the 2010 Tewaaraton Award "Watch List", announced Friday by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Seniors Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor, junior Sarah Mollison and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson represent the Terps on this year's list.
McFadden, who was a finalist for the Tewaaraton in 2009, returns for her second year as a captain for Maryland this season. The Phoenix, Md., native is the top returning midfielder in the nation in 2010 after being tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year as a junior.
Taylor joins McFadden as a second-year captain for head coach Cathy Reese. The defender from Easton, Md., racked up All-America honors last season while helping guide a youth-laden Maryland squad all the way to the NCAA semifinals.
Mollison returns for her junior campaign after leading the Terps in assists last season. The Melbourne, Australia, product was named to the watch list along with Johnson in 2009. Mollison is one of Maryland's five returning All-Americans in 2010.
Johnson will make a run at the Tewaaraton for the second time in her short but illustrious career. The sophomore boasted the top freshman season in Maryland women's lacrosse history a year ago, tallying 74 goals, the third-highest mark in single-season program annals.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
Maryland crushed No. 5 Duke, 17-4, last Saturday to capture its biggest win over the Blue Devils in program history.
The 13-goal differential was the highest in Maryland women's lacrosse history against rival-Duke.
Prior to this year's match in Durham, the Terps' largest defeat of the Blue Devils came early in the rivalry series with back-to-back wins against Duke in 1996 and 1997. Maryland won each of those matches by 11 scores.
TERPS DOMINATE DUKE, 17-4
Maryland benefited from a balanced scoring attack as the Terps toppled Duke, 17-4, on the road.
Maryland picked up hat tricks from Katie Schwarzmann, Amanda Spinnenweber and Sarah Mollison as a total of nine players scored on the day, five of whom put up multi-goal showings.
The Terps have now scored 17 goals in all three of their wins in 2010. Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC), who was also averaging 17 scores per contest, was held to a season-low four goals in its conference opener. Maryland outshot the Blue Devils 32-19 for the match.
In addition to notching three goals, Mollison added a pair of assists and a game-high five draw controls. Schwarzmann put together the most complete game of her young career at Maryland, tacking an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TERPS WIN SEASON OPENER
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece en route to a win against Richmond, 17-7, in the Terps' season opener.
Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.
Sophomore Brittany Dipper was the keeper of record after making six saves in the match. The Terps were a stellar 10-for-10 in clears. Laura Merrifield had a team-high three caused turnovers as Brittany Poist scooped up three of Maryland's 19 ground balls on the day.
Maryland is now 17-0 all-time against Richmond.
SCHWARZMANN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
It didn't take long for the accolades to start pouring in for rookie sensation Katie Schwarzmann.
The midfielder was tabbed WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week after helping lead the Terps to a win of historic proportions Saturday against fifth-ranked Duke. Maryland dropped the Blue Devils in Durham by 13 goals, the largest margin of victory against Duke in program history.
The freshman from Century High School tacked an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance.
TAYLOR TABBED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Karissa Taylor garnered WomensLacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week honors after Maryland dismantled No. 5 Duke on the road.
Taylor played a vital part in Maryland's monumental 13-goal defeat of Duke, scooping up five ground balls, causing three turnovers and adding a pair of draw controls to help hold the Blue Devils to four scores, its lowest goal production since 2005.
MCFADDEN SNAGS ACC POW HONOR
Caitlyn McFadden has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, February 22.
McFadden lifted the second-ranked Terps to their first road win of the 2010 campaign at No. 18 Penn State Sunday. The senior from Phoenix, Md., tallied six goals, including four in the second stanza, to help Maryland erase a three-goal, first-half deficit against the Nittany Lions. McFadden added an assist and also tallied three draw controls to lead the Terps to a 2-0 record on the year.
McFadden is among the NCAA Division I active leaders in points and assists.
MCFADDEN NAMED NATIONAL PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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.
Maryland spread around its scoring in its home opener as four different players notched hat tricks on the day.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece.
In total, nine Terps scored goals against Richmond, including Danielle Kirk and Katie Schwarzmann, who notched their first collegiate scores at Maryland.
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.
SUMMER FUN IN PRAGUE
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.
SCHWARZMANN EARNS LOFTY HONOR
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.
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.
In 2010, Brandi has racked up 25 points on 15 goals and 10 assists while Brittany has eight goals and two assists on the year.
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.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 34-1 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 174-15 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.
TERPS TAB CAPTAINS
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.
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.
MD WLAX SWEEPS ACC AWARDS
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).
HALL OF FAME COACHES
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.
WMUC ON THE CALL
Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at www.wmucsports.com.