April 21, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- The Maryland women's lacrosse team, ranked seventh in the nation, returns to College Park to take on 13th-ranked Syracuse on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. The Terps have won three straight home games this season, including a win over No. 12 Johns Hopkins the last time they played at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (9-5) is in the midst of a difficult stretch of games, with the Orange being the seventh ranked opponent in the last eight games. The Terps have won three of their last four against ranked opponents, including a win at then-No. 6 North Carolina last weekend. According to Laxpower.com, Maryland's strength of schedule is fourth in the country.
The Orange (9-3 as of April 21), will play host to Rutgers on Friday before traveling to College Park to take on the Terps. After a couple of early season losses to Virginia and Georgetown, Syracuse has since gone 7-1.
After the win over UNC, the Terps moved from ninth to seventh in the most recent IWLCA poll. The ranking matches Maryland's highest this season as UM began the season ranked seventh in the country.
The win over the Tar Heels likely gives Maryland the third seed in next week's ACC Tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, meaning the Terps will not play in Thursday's play-in game. The official ACC standings and tournament bracket will be released following the Duke-Virginia Tech game on Friday, April 22.
Maryland leads the all-time series against Syracuse 7-0, including a 14-11 win last season in the Carrier Dome. Delia Cox sparked the Terp offense scoring a career-high six goals against the Orange. The last time Syracuse visited College Park the Orange pushed the Terps to overtime, but the Terps prevailed with an 8-7 win. Cox again had a big day scoring two goals and one assist, and Jessica Dorney tied the game at 7-7 in overtime before Kelly Coppedge netted the game winner.
Excluding the game against Virginia, the Terps average loss margin is just two goals.
A look ahead: The University of Maryland, in conjunction with the ACC, the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank Stadium, are hosting the ACC men's and women's lacrosse championships from April 28-May 1. Official brackets with seeds and game times will be released next week. Click here for more information or tickets.
Cox Named National, ACC Player of the Week
Maryland's Delia Cox was named this week's ACC and Inside Lacrosse Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for leading the Terps to a 14-7 win over No. 6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The junior midfielder scored four goals and registered one assist as ninth-ranked Maryland downed No. 6 North Carolina, 14-7. The Newbury, Mass., native also recorded three ground balls and one draw control as well as a season-high five points.
The Week That Was
The Terps won their only game of the week, doubling up No. 6 North Carolina 14-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Delia Cox led all scorers with four goals and one assist for five points.
Trailing 2-1 early in the first, the Terps closed the first half on a 7-0 run to take an 8-2 halftime lead. The Tar Heels made a run in the second half, twice cutting the UM lead to three goals, but the Terps surged again late in the second half to secure the victory.
Kirah Miles made nine saves for Maryland, Becky Clipp and Collins each had three caused turnovers, and Megan Sommar scooped up five ground balls to lead the Terps.
Maryland's Acacia Walker is one of 18 players from acrosse the country up for the Tewaaraton Award given to the nation's best player.
The list of women has been narrowed to 18 from which five athletes will be chosen as the finalists for the award presented on June 2nd.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented on the list with six of the 18 players hailing from the conference.
Delia Cox owns the team's longest scoring streak at 13 games. Cox has scored a goal in 13 of 14 games this season, Jessica Dorney has scored a goal in 11 of Maryland's 14 games this season. Annie Collins has a point in 13 out of Maryland's 14 games this season.
The Orange will take on Rutgers on Friday before visiting College Park to take on the Terps. Syracuse, ranked 13th in the country, is 7-1 in its last eight games (as of April 21).
#7 Maryland vs. #13 Syracuse
Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m.
Jen Kasel is the Orange starter in the cage. The junior has 83 saves this season and maintains a 8.83 goals-against average.
Maryland and Syracuse have four common opponents this season in Virginia, Georgetown, Brown and Dartmouth. Each team fell to UVa, the Hoyas and the Big Green, and defeated the Bears.
The Orange are out-drawing opponents 238-191.
Syracuse is also a hot-starting team, outscoring opponents by 31 goals (78-47) in the first 30 minutes.
SU is coached by Lisa Miller, who is in her eighth season with the Orange. She has a career record of 80-38.