May 21, 2000
College Park, Md. - The five-time defending national champions, the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins (20-1) will meet No. 3 Princeton on Sunday, May 21, for the National Collegiate women's lacrosse championship. The game, which starts at 3 p.m. at the College of New Jersey, marks the seventh straight title game appearance for the Terps. Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live on Comcast CN8, which can be seen in some parts of Baltimore and Howard counties on Comcast cable. Maryland has played in 10 of the past 11 NCAA championship games, winning the championship six times.
Head coach Cindy Timchal is 6-2 (.750) in NCAA title games with the Terps, and has coached Maryland to the national title in 1992, `95, `96, `97, `98, and `99.
A Look at the Terrapins in the NCAA Tournament
Maryland enters the championship game as the five-time defending national champions with a 26-8 overall record in NCAA Tournament play. The Terps have won seven NCAA titles in the program's history, including six under Timchal, and also have the 1981 AIAW championship to the program's credit. Since Timchal's arrival in 1991, Maryland is 19-3 in postseason play. The Terps have made it all the way the championship game 10 of the last 11 years.
Maryland/Princeton Series Info
Maryland leads the Princeton series 14-3, including a 14-7 road victory over the Tigers on April 26 of this year. Maryland and Princeton have met two other times in the national title game, with the Tigers edging the Terps 10-7 for the 1994 title in College Park. Maryland avenged the three-goal loss the following season in the championship game with a 13-5 win for the 1995 National Collegiate championship. Overall, the two teams have met four times in NCAA postseason play with the postseason series record standing at 2-2. ,Five Terps had multi-goal games for Maryland in this year's meeting with Princeton. Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) led the Terps with four goals and two assists, with ACC Player of the Year Jen Adams (Marino, South Australia) adding three goals for Maryland. Terrapin goalkeeper Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) had a spectacular game in goal, posting 11 saves and giving up just seven goals.
Terp NCAA Streaks to Watch
Both Jen Adams and Quinn Carney have NCAA scoring streaks on the line this Friday. The two juniors have scored in all eight NCAA games the Terps have contested since the pairs' arrival. Adams has posted 21 goals and 12 assists over eight games, including her five goals and two assists. Carney has totaled 27 points, netting 11 goals and providing 16 feeds.
Kahoe in the NCAA Tourney
Four-year starter Alex Kahoe has stepped it up for the Terps in every NCAA Tournament appearance in her career, and even has five games with over 16 saves. Last year, Kahoe fought her way to 18 saves in all three of her NCAA appearances. In the NCAA Tournament, she has a 6.8 gaa and a .668 save percentage.
Maryland in the Polls
The final regular season poll of the year marked the Terps' 11th straight week at the top of the IWLCA poll this year. Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 22 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.
The Terps Vs. Ranked Teams
No. 1 Maryland plays one of the toughest schedules in Division I women's lacrosse, and has already faced 17 ranked opponents this year for a 16-1 record against foes ranked in the IWLCA poll. The Terps are 7-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 5, with wins over then-No. 2 Duke on March 3 (14-10), then-No. 4 Virginia on March 14 (17-8), then-No. 4 James Madison (24-15) on April 1, then-No. 5 Georgetown (16-6) on April 13, then-No. 3 Princeton (14-7) on April 26, then-No. 5 Loyola on April 29 (12-4), and then-No. 5 Loyola again on May 19 (17-7) in the national semifinals on Friday. Maryland's only loss to a Top 5 opponent, or any opponent for that matter, was its 14-13 triple overtime loss to then-No. 5 North Carolina. The Terps' are 17-1 against ranked opponents, and hold a 12-1 advantage over Top-10 foes.
Adams' Scoring Streaks
Jen Adams has scored at least one point in her last 51 games. Adams, who has 287 points for her career, began her streak on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win against Vanderbilt. The Terps' scoring leader again this year, she is averaging 6.00 ppg. Adams also has at least one goal in each of the past 32 games.
Carney's Scoring Streak
Terrapin junior Quinn Carney has extended her scoring streak to 50 games after the win over Georgetown. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against UNC in the ACC semifinals.
The Terps' Team Streaks
Maryland will puts its 48-game non conference win streak on the line when it meets Princeton in the finals on Sunday. The last time Maryland lost a non conference match-up was April 22, 1997 vs. Loyola in a 7-6 win for the Greyhounds.
Adams' Single-Season Numbers
Jen Adams has etched her name at the top of every single-season offensive category at Maryland in the past two games. She now has 126 points in this season, breaking her previous mark set in 1999 of 117. She also broke her1999 record for goals in a season (71), and broke Kelly Amonte's 1996 record for assists in a season of 48 feeds. Adams now has 50.
...the Terps are 26-8 overall in NCAA Tournament play? That's a .765 winning percentage.
...the Terps are playing for their sixth straight NCAA title? Their five consecutive titles are the longest string of any Division I women's team in the nation.
...the Terps' 2000 appearance in the NCAA Championship semifinals is Maryland's 7th straight trip to the national finals. They have played in the championship game 10 out of the last 11 years.
...Maryland has a total of eight championship overall in program history? That's seven NCAA titles (1986, `92, `95, `96, `97, `98, and `99) and one AIAW title (1981).
...midfield reserve Megan Kelly already has two NCAA Championships and four ACC Championships in just her sophomore year. The Maryland native moonlights on the Terrapin field hockey team that won the 1998 and `99 ACC Championship and was crowned the 1999 NCAA Champions. Kelly was also part of the Terp squad that won the 1999 NCAA women's lacrosse championship, as well as the 1999 and 2000 ACC women's lacrosse championship.