Terps' Title Quest Begins at Penn State

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March 1, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 1998 defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team begins its quest for its fifth consecutive national championship on Tues., March 2, as the team travels to Penn State for its season-opener game. Tuesday's game marks the earliest season-opener in school history. The Terps opened last year at Duke on March 6 which was then a record for the team's earliest start date. Tuesday's meeting between the two schools marks the 34th time in Maryland school history. The Terps lead the series 19-13-1 and last defeated the Nittany Lions on April 25, 1998, 14-10.

Tuesday's game also marks the season-opener for the Nittany Lions. They posted a 10-8 record in 1998 and were crowned ECAC champions. The Lions return 10 starters and 19 letterwinners from a year ago. Head coach Julie Williams enters her 10th season and owns a 101-64-8 record at Penn State.

Following Tuesday's contest at Penn State, the Terps return home to host the Duke Blue Devils on Fri., March 5, and the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sun., March 7. Not only do the two games mark the home-opener for the Terps, they are also key ACC matchups for the Terps. Duke opens its season on Tuesday as it hosts Hofstra while North Carolina hosts James Madison, also on Tuesday. Duke finished the 1998 season with a 10-7 record, losing to Temple 17-11 in the NCAA first round. North Carolina enters its 1999 season following a 15-3 record in 1998. The Tar Heels advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Terrapins, 14-9. Duke returns 11 starters from a year ago while the Tar Heels welcome back 10 starters.

Game Facts and Coverage

Maryland at Penn State
Tuesday, March 2, 1999
4:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Field

Duke at North Carolina
Friday, March 5, 1999
7:00 p.m.
Ludwig Field

North Carolina at Maryland
Sunday, March 7, 1999
1:00 p.m.
Ludwig Field

Series history: Tuesday's meeting with the Nittany Lions marks the 34th time the two schools have met. Maryland leads the series 19-13-1 with the Terps last defeating Penn State on April 25, 1998, 14-10. The last Nittany Lions' win was a 7-6 decision on April 11, 1991.

Maryland and Penn State enter Tuesday's game tied for first on the all-time games won chart. The Terps own an all-time record of 328-80-3 (.802) while the Nittany Lions have posted a 328-107-5 (.751) all-time record.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal (West Chester '76) enters her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin women's lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall. The Pennsylvania native has guided Maryland to five national championship titles, the inaugural ACC title in 1997, and eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She has posted a 127-11 record at Maryland, and a 203-51 (.799) overall record which ranks her ninth among all-time coaches in winning percentage. Timchal guided the Maryland women's lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the school's record fourth consecutive national championship. Timchal owns an 8-1 record against the Nittany Lions, with her only loss being a 7-6 defeat in 1991.

Maryland is the country's all-time winningest program. The Terps own a 328-80-3 record and have posted an all-time winning percentage of .802. The Terps also own the longest current winning streak in Division I men's and women's lacrosse--a 50-game win streak which dated back to March 9, 1995, and extended itself to April 22, 1997.

Maryland owns a 19-6 record in its season- openers. The Terps dropped a 10-6 decision to Duke in last season's regular-season opener. It marked the first time since 1989 that a Maryland team had lost its season opener.

Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) and sophomore attack Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) each scored four goals and junior Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) added three goals to lead the preseason No. 1-ranked Terrapins to a 15-12 victory against the U.S. National Team last Friday. Adams also added a team-high four assists. The U.S. team, playing without the services of four-time All-American and former Terp Kelly Amonte, jumped out to the early lead and held a 7-5 advantage at half. However, Jenkins would notch two second-half goals and Adams would record two assists to preserve the Maryland win. Junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) posted 13 saves in 60 minutes.

In Friday's game against the U.S. National Team, four Maryland starters played the entire 60 minutes, including sophomore Jen Adams and juniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe and Kristin Sommar.

Freshmen Courtney Hobbs (West Lakes, South Australia) and Meghan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) played a combined total of 35 minutes in Friday's game against the National team.

Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) has now taken the center circle, replacing departed senior Sascha Newmarch. Against the National Team, Carney totaled four draw controls.

Several Maryland players earned their first starts of their career on Friday night, including junior attack Kerri Mulligan (Marshfield, Mass.). Other Terps who earned the starting nod were sophomores Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Victoria Wellington (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), Courtney Martinez (Towson, Md.) and Meghan McNamara (East Northport, N.Y.). Impressive in her first start, McNamara scored two goals in 32 minutes played.

The National Team, playing without the services of four-time All-American and former Terp Kelly Amonte, jumped out to the early lead and took a 7-5 lead into the half. However, Jenkins would notch two second-half goals and Adams would record two assists to preserve the Maryland win.


Pos. No.  Name ('98 stats)
A    #3   Kerri Mulligan (21 games, 3 goals, 0 assists, 3 points)
A    #7   Jen Adams (21 games, 27 goals, 17 assists, 44 points, 
                     ACC all-tournament team selection)
A    #9   Allison Comito (20 games, 11 goals, 8 assists, 19 points)
A    #11  Victoria Wellington (17 games, 6 goals, 1 assist, 7 points)
A    #16  Meghan McNamara (11 games, 5 goals, 1 assist, 6 points)
A    #20  Quinn Carney (21 games, 28 goals, 13 assists, 41 points)
M    #10  Kristin Sommar (21 games, 14 goals, 14 assists, 28 points, 
                         first team All-American)
M    #12  Courtney Martinez (18 games, 1 assist, 1 point)
M    #18  Tonia Porras (21 games, 1 assist, ACC all-tournament team      
M    #21  Christie Jenkins (21 games, 30 goals, 9 assists, 39 points, 
                            second team All-American)
M    #23  Meredith Egan (21 games, 22 goals, 10 assists, 32 points)
GK   #33  Alex Kahoe (21 games, 269 saves, 149 goals allowed, 
                     .644 save percentage, second team All-American) 

1999 IWLCA Preseason Top 20 Poll

2. North Carolina
3. Virginia
4. James Madison
5. Loyola
6. Dartmouth
7. Duke
8. Princeton
9. Penn State
10. Georgetown
11. George Mason
12. William & Mary
13. Temple
14. Syracuse
15. Rutgers
16. Delaware
17. Boston University
18. Yale
19. Brown
20. Massachusetts

Maryland faces 13 of the top 20 teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll. After facing ninth-ranked Penn State, Maryland welcomes seventh-ranked Duke and second-ranked North Carolina.

Maryland plays six of the top-20 ranked teams on the road, including third-ranked Virginia on Tues., March 16. The Maryland vs. Virginia matchup has been tabbed the ACC match of the year by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, who earned All-America honors last season, will continue to hold the reins as the Terrapins' confident commander. Kahoe, a co-captain this year, has been the backbone of the Terrapin defense the past two seasons, and enters her junior season as one of the top players in the NCAA ranks. The Pennsylvania native established a new school record last year for saves with 269, surpassing the old school record of 233 which she set her freshman year. An NCAA all-tournament team selection last year, and this year's Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, Kahoe totaled a career-high 21 saves against Virginia in last year's NCAA championship game, five shy of the tournament record.

MARYLAND'S OWN NATIONAL TEAM Maryland junior midfielders Kristin Sommar and Christie Jenkins are two of the 13 Maryland players listed on the U.S. National team's roster. Other Terps playing for the Red, White and Blue include Kelly Amonte, Erin Brown, Liz Downing, Dana Gwaltney, Laura Harmon Schuman, Theresa Ingram, Cathy Nelson, Maureen Scott, Michele Uhlfedler and Jessica Wilk.


Maryland owns an all-time .802 winning percentage which ranks them as the county's most winningest program.

Maryland is ranked preseason No. 1 by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland has been tabbed the ACC preseason favorite by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland returns three All-Americans from last year's national championship team -- Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe and Kristim Sommar.

Maryland won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, defeating Virginia, 11-5, in the championship game.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is ranked fourth among all-time coaching leaders in total games won with 203.

Maryland returns seven starters from last year's 18-3 NCAA championship team.

Maryland has captured seven national titles -- 1981, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Maryland meets nine teams ranked in the College Lacrosse USA preseason poll-- North Carolina (2), Dartmouth (3), Virginia (4), Duke (5), Loyola (6), Princeton (7), Penn State (8), Georgetown (9) and Temple (10).

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal owns a .799 winning percentage which ranks her ninth among all-time coaching leaders.

Maryland has totaled an all-time record of 328-80-3. The 328 games won rank the Terps tied for first with Penn State with most games won.

Maryland welcomes back seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 1998 squad that posted an 18-3 record and captured the school's fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Gone from that team is three-time All-America midfielder Sascha Newmarch and two-time All-America attack Cathy Nelson. However, returning to the Terrapin lineup are junior All-Americans Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar. Kahoe and Jenkins earned co-captain honors. Joining the three All-Americans is junior Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio), a 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection and an honorable mention preseason All-American as selected by College Lacrosse USA.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal's corps of talented juniors will be assisted by a talented class of underclassmen, including 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection Jen Adams. Adams returns as the Terps' top returning scorer from 1998 (27g-17a-44 pts.). Joining Adams in the attack for Maryland are sophomores Quinn Carney, Allison Comito, Meghan McNamara and Victoria Wellington. Carney is the Terps' second leading scorer of a year ago with 41 points. Sophomore Courtney Martinez joins Porras on the defensive wing, and Meg Carrington (Charlottesville, Va.), Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) and Kristin Crawford (Millersville, Md.) round out a talented sophomore class.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal added to her talent-laden team with the addition of freshmen midfielders Courtney Hobbs (West Lakes, South Australia), Meghan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.), Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) and Wendy VanNorden (Germantown, Md.). Freshman goalkeeper Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) looks to gain valuable experience playing behind junior All-American goalkeeper Alex Kahoe. At attack, freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) will see playing time and will combine with Jen Adams and Quinn Carney to form one of the most lethal offenses in the country.

Maryland assistant coach Gary Gait (Syracuse '91) is in a league of his own when it comes to national championships. A former lacrosse player at Syracuse, Gait owns a piece of all of Maryland's last four national championships, and was a three-time national champion for the Orangemen. His 15 goals scored in the 1990 NCAA Tournament is a tournament record, and his nine goals against Navy in 1988 is also a NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.

Joining Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal and her assistant Gary Gait are three familiar faces in Maryland's women's lacrosse history. Sarah Forbes (Maryland '97), a three-time All-American, is in her first year as an assistant coach. Forbes ranks seventh all-time in assists (63) and 10th all-time in points (170) at Maryland. Her six assists against Brown in 1997 is also a Maryland single-game record.

The 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cathy Nelson (Maryland '98) returns to her alma mater as a student assistant coach. The second-leading scorer on last year's NCAA championship team, Nelson finished her stellar four-year career ranked fifth all-time on the Maryland career chart in total points with 217. Her 140 goals rank seventh all-time while her 77 assists are fifth all-time.

Helena Herrmann (Maryland '99) begins her first season as a student assistant coach after playing for the Terrapins in 1995 and 1998. Herrmann, a member of two of Maryland's national championship teams, earned the starting nod on defense last year and totaled a career-high three assists. In 1995, she scored a career-high two goals and added an assists.

College Lacrosse USA has tabbed Maryland as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Selected to the preseason All-ACC team are juniors Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar in the midfield, sophomore Jen Adams on attack, junior Tonia Porras on defense, and junior Alex Kahoe in goal. Kahoe was also named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is featured on the cover of this month's US Lacrosse magazine. The team is pictured with the caption "Drive For Five."