Jenkins And Sommar Earn Spot On U.S. Elite Australian Tour

June 8, 2000

College Park, Md. - 2000 graduates Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) are just two of the nine Terrapins who were recently named to the United States Women's Lacrosse Elite team that will represent the United States during a tour to Australia this summer.

Sue Stahl, the head coach of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Elite team, and the team will begin training camp on June 22 and then depart for Australia on June 28. The team will compete at the Australian National Championships July 1-8, then play five games against Australian teams, including a test series of three matches against the Australian national team.

The United States fell to Australia 6-4 in round robin play at the 1997 IFWLA World Championships in Tokyo and then defeated Australia 3-2 in sudden-victory overtime in the championship game to win their third consecutive World Cup.

A senior tri-captain and first-team Brine/IWLCA All-American, Jenkins' was the team's fourth-leading scorer this past season with 39 goals and 23 assists. She ended her four-year career at Maryland tied for fifth all-time for career goals (150) with Laura Harmon (1992-95), ninth in career assists (74) and fifth in career points (224). An All-ACC selection, Jenkins graduated with a degree in communications in May.

Another Terrapin tri-captain, Sommar's was a second-team Brine/IWLCA selection. With her season-total of 37 goals, she rounds out Maryland's compliment of 35-plus goal scorers. She finished the 2000 season with 37 goals and 25 assists for 62 points. An All-ACC selection, her 72 career assists are 10th all-time at Maryland. Sommar graduated in May with a degree in sociology. Sommar and Jenkins led the Terps to their sixth straight national title, when they downed Princeton 16-8 on May 21. Both were named to the NCAA and ACC all-tournament teams in 2000.

Terp legend Kelly Amonte (Hingham, Mass.) will join the duo, as will a cast of other former Maryland players. Amonte wore the red, black, gold, and white from 1993-96, and is the Terps all-time leading scorer with 319 career points (187 goals, 132 assists). A two-time national champion (1995 and 1996), several of Amonte's former teammates, including Randall Flynn (1993-96) and Theresa Ingram (1991-94), are also members of the U.S. Elite team. Flynn ended here career at Maryland with one national title (1992), and individual statistics of 45 goals and 17 assists. Ingram concluded her four-year Terrapin career with 45 goals and 33 assists, and one national title (1992).

Other Terps in the U.S. Elite team mix are Erin Brown (1989-90), Maureen Dupack (1991-94), Michele Uhlfelder (1988-91), and Jessica Wilk (1989-90). A color commentator for the Terps several times this season, Brown was a 1990 All-American and finished her Terp career with 27 goals and 10 assists. A 1994 All-American, Dupack ended her career with 40 goals and 18 assists, and was part of the 1992 national championship team. Wilk, a goaltender with a .678 career save percentage, had totals of 368 saves and 175 goals against at Maryland and was an All-American in 1990. The 1991 Offensive Player of the Year, Uhlfelder rounded out her Terrapin career with 110 goals, 55 assists, and 165 points.

The University of Maryland is the winningest women's lacrosse program ever with a 360-81-3 record. This year's 16-member U.S. Elite Squad contains nine Terrapins, the most of any school. Virginia, with three former players, is the only other school with more then one representative on the team. Terrapin head trainer Sandy Worth is also the team's trainer on the Australian tour.

Name 	        Pos.	Hometown        	Alma Mater/School, Year
Kelly Amonte    	M	Hingham, Mass.  	Maryland, 1996
Kara Ariza      	D	Lansdowne, Pa.  	Virginia, 1998
Erin Brown      	M	Towson, Md.     	Maryland, 1990
Joanne Connelly      	M	Fairfield, Conn.	Penn State, 1996
Maureen Dupcak  	D	West Chester, Pa. 	Maryland, 1994
Randall Flynn   	M	Annapolis, Md.  	Maryland, 1997
Danielle Gallagher	A	Manhasset, N.Y. 	William & Mary, 1989
Cherie Greer    	D	Narbeth, Pa.	        Virginia, 1994
Theresa Ingram  	D	Baltimore, Md.  	Maryland, 1994
Christie Jenkins 	D	Media, Pa.	        Maryland, 2000
Chris Lindsey   	GK	Baldwinsville, N.Y.	Georgetown, 1998
Sarah Nelson    	M	Topsfield, Mass.	Harvard, 1994
Bonnie Rosen    	D 	Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 	Virginia, 1992
Kristin Sommar   	M	North Wales, Pa. 	Maryland, 2000
Michele Uhlfelder	A	Baltimore, Md.  	Maryland, 1991
Jessica Wilk	        GK	Pittsburgh, Pa.  	Maryland, 1990

Head coach: Sue Stahl Assistant coach: Heather Dow Athletic Trainer: Sandy Worth Manager: Kathleen Geiger