Women's Lacrosse Looks To Regroup After First Loss In Two Years

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March 6, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland (1-1, 1-1 ACC) will look to bounce back from it's first loss in two years with three games this week. The Terrapins dropped a 14-13 decision to No. 5 North Carolina in triple overtime on Sunday for the team's first loss in two years. Last time the Terps lost was to Carolina in the 1998 ACC Tournament in Charlottesville, Va., 12-10. Three of the four losses the Terps have been dealt in the past two seasons have been to the Tar Heels, including the last three straight. The other was to ACC rival Duke. Sunday's loss snapped a nation's best 29-game win streak.

Maryland To Face Towson, Penn State, Syracuse

The Terrapins begin their campaign to start a new win streak when they take the short trip to Towson on Tuesday, March 7. Maryland also faces Penn State on Thursday in its home opener at 3 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terps hit the road again to meet Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m. to road out this week's action for he defending national champions.

Scouting Towson

Maryland holds a 24-6 advantage in its series against Towson. The Terps have not lost to the Tigers since 1976 when Towson defeated the Maryland 7-6 in the Maryland State Tournament. Last season, Maryland demolished the Tigers 21-2 at Ludwig Field. Maryland has allowed the Tigers only 17 goals in the past five meetings. The Terps' largest margin of victory in the series was last year's 19-goal victory last season. Maryland and Towson have met every year since 1974 except for a one-year break in 1990.

Terps Welcome Penn State to College Park In 2000 Home Opener

The Terrapin returns to College Park this Thursday for their home opener against No. 10 Penn State. The Top 10 match-up begins at 3 p.m. on Ludwig Field and will pit interim head coach Karen Schnellenbach against 19-year veteran Cindy Timchal. Maryland holds a 21-13-1 advantage over the Lady Lions in the series. Last year, the Terps meet the Lions twice, once during the regular season and once during the NCAA Tournament. Maryland won the first match-up 12-8 in the season-opener, and stopped the Lions championship run in the semifinals with a 17-13 decision. Penn State is the only Big Ten team the Terps will face this season. Maryland won the last match-up at Ludwig Field 10-6 in 1996.

NCAA Semifinals vs. Penn State

Eight Terrapins contributed to a balanced offensive attack as top-seed Maryland was a 17-13 winner over fifth-seed Penn State in the NCAA semifinals in Baltimore. Maryland improved to 20-0 while Penn State finished its season with a 15-5 record. Maryland earned its sixth-consecutive title-game appearance and will look to extend their streak to five-straight championship crowns. Penn State did open a 6-2 lead, leaving Maryland with its largest deficit of the 1999 season. Maryland responded with a 7-2 run to take a 9-8 lead at the half. The Nittany Lions struck first in the second half, tying the game 9-9, but Maryland secured a lead they would not relinquish with 27:19 remaining thanks to the first of Christie Jenkins' (Media, Pa.) three second-half goals. Jen Adams (Marino, South Australia) led the Maryland offense with four goals and two assists.

Adams broke Maryland's single-season point record. She ran her season tally to 112 points with the win. Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) contributed three goals and three assists for Maryland. Jenkins and Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) scored three goals apiece, while Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) added two goals and three assists. Maryland's Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) recorded 14 saves.

Penn State was led by Jen Webb's four goals, while Jen Johnson pitched in with three goals and one assist. Emily Mechem and Colleen O'Brien added three goals each. Megan Ames made nine saves for the Lions.

Two national collegiate tournament records were established in the game as the two teams combined for 30 goals. Penn State's Julie Tice collected four assists in the game, giving her 11 for the tournament and breaking the old mark of seven.

Box Score12F
Penn State85-13


Jen Adams 4-2-6, Kristin Sommar 3-3-6, Quinn Carney 2-3-5,Allison Comito 3-0-3, Christie Jenkins 3-0-3, Megan McNamara 1-0-1, Courtney Hobbs 1-0-1, Meredith Egan 0-2-2.

Jen Webb 4-0-4, Jen Johnson 3-1-4, Colleen O' Brein 3-0-3, Emily Mecham 3-0-3, Julie Tice 0-4-4, B.J. Lucey 0-1-1.


Alex Kahoe (18 saves, 13 GA, 60 min.)

Bowen Holden (12 saves, 17 GA, 60 min.)


CategoryMarylandPenn State
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Facing the Orange

The Terps series with the Orange is a short one compared to most with only two games between the teams. The series began in 1998, and Maryland is up 2-0 on the Orange with a 21-7 victory in ?98 and a 18-8 win last season. This Sunday's game marks the first time the Terps will travel to Syracuse to face the Orange. Syracuse is the first Big East team the Terps will face this season.

Gait Goes Home

For the first time since becoming Maryland's assistant coach seven years ago, Gary Gait heads back to his alma mater this Sunday for the first time as a Terp. Gait was a three-time All-American at Syracuse, and was awarded the Division I Most Outstanding Player award in 1988 and ?89, and the 1988 and ?89 Division I Most Outstanding Midfielder honors.

Gait is now a member of the Pittsburgh Crossfire of the National Lacrosse League. As a member of what was then the Baltimore Thunder, Gait captured league MVP honors in 1999 when he tallied 17 goals and 20 assists for the year.

Terps Winningest Program Ever

At 349-80-3, Maryland is the winningest program ever in Division I lacrosse history. The Terrapins carry a .809 winning percentage into the 2000 season after an undefeated 21-0 national championship year in 1999.

The Terps have won eight national titles, including the last five straight and six overall in the ?90s. In addition, Maryland has also appeared in the national title game nine of the last 10 years.

Timchal Begins 10th Year

Maryland's Cindy Timchal is beginning her 10th year as the Terps' head coach and has a 149-12 record in her first nine years with the team. Only the third coach in Maryland history, Timchal has a .925 winning percentage with the Terps, has won sixth national titles, two ACC titles, and reached the NCAA finals nine of the last 10 years.

Nationally, Timchal is one of the top coaches in the game. Ranked third in total wins with 224, she is also fifth in winning percentage (.815) and eighth in games coaches in 275 entering the 2000 season.

Terps Add 12 New Faces

Despite graduating no seniors from the 1999 national champions, Maryland has added several new faces to this year's roster. The Terps added 11 freshmen, including Terp siblings Julie Shank (sister of Terp junior Becky Shank) and Katie Sommar (sister of Terp captain Kristin Sommar). In addition to the 11 freshmen, Maryland also added former Loyola laxer Katie Robinson (Davidsonville, Md.), a sophomore transfer to its roster.

Tri-Captains Chosen For 2000

Maryland's five-time defending National Champion women's lacrosse team announced seniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, and Kristin Sommar as the team captains for the 2000 campaign. All three were All-Americans in 1999, with Kahoe and Jenkins landing on the first-team Brine/IWLCA team, and Sommar getting the nod on the second team.

"We're really excited about our captains," said head coach Cindy Timchal, in her tenth year at Maryland. "They have demonstrated great leadership qualities in the past and we're certainly excited about them leading the team in 2000."

A 1999 co-captain with Kahoe, Jenkins has started every game since she arrived in College Park. The 1999 ACC Player of the Year, Jenkins was the Terps' second-leading scorer with 55 goals and 30 assists for 85 points. At midfield, she has 161 points for her career (111 goals, 50 assists), and was a member of the 1999 U.S. National Team. She scored seven goals in last year's 21-3 win over Harvard, shattering her previous best of four against Dartmouth her sophomore year.

Maryland's starting goalkeeper, Kahoe is serving her second year as a captain for the Terps. Kahoe has started in goal all 64 games since her arrival at Maryland, compiling a 64.3 save percentage for her career (749 saves, 417 goals against). Last year she allowed just 139 goals in the Terrapins undefeated 21-0 season. In the double-overtime game against Princeton in 1999, she tied her career-high 21 saves, previously set against Virginia in the 1998 NCAA Championship game.

Sommar is the only new addition at captain for the Terps this season. A U.S. National Team player, Sommar netted 44 goals and tallied 24 assists during her junior campaign last season. A two-time first team All-American, Sommar has 67 goals and 47 assists for her Terp career. Her career-high five-goal game came in last year's 21-2 rout of Towson.

Adams on the Career Charts

After setting the single-season record for goals at Maryland in 1999 with 71, junior Jen Adams passed Maryland assistant coach Sarah Forbes to take sole possession of seventh on the career assists chart with 66. The Australia native, Adams has 170 points for her career, tying Forbes for the No. 10 spot. Adams also has 103 career goals, 21 from making that career list at Maryland.

Terps To Host ACC Tournament

The University of Maryland will be the proud host of this year's ACC Championships on April 22 and 23 at Ludwig Field. The year 2000 will mark the first time in the tournament's four-year history that Maryland will be the host school. The Terrapins have won the tournament twice, in 1997 and ?99. Virginia took the 1998 championship home. Maryland is a combined 4-1 in ACC tournament action. Semifinal games will be held on April 22 at 1 and 3 p.m., with the championship game being held at 1 p.m. on April 23.


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2000 IWLCA Preseason Poll

Schools(1999 Record)Points
1.MARYLAND(21-0)160 (8)
5.North Carolina(8-7)123
7.James Madison(13-5)112
10.Penn State(15-5)93
13.George Mason(7-8)61
14.Boston University(14-5)52
17.William & Mary(6-9)32
19.Old Dominion(6-9)17
Others Receiving Votes: Cornell, Temple, Virginia Tech

Maryland's Career Charts

Maryland's Career Goals List

1.Kelly Amonte (1993-96)187
2.Betsy Elder (1991-94)158
3.Anysia Fedec (1984-87)157
4.Laura Harmon (1992-95)150
5.Sascha Newmarch (1995-98)149
6.Judy Dougherty (1978-1981)143
7.Cathy Nelson (1995-98)140
8.Karen Trudel (1982-85)135
9.Mary Ann Oelgoetz (1987-90)130
10.Sandy Lanahan (1979-81)124
Christie Jenkins (1997-Pres.)114
Jen Adams (1998-Pres.)103

Maryland's Career Assists List

1.Kelly Amonte (1993-96)132
2.Judy Dougherty (1978-80)106
3.Anysia Fedec (1984-87)83
4.Cathy Nelson (1995-98)77
5.Karen MacCrate (1993-96)76
6.Sascha Newmarch (1995-98)74
7.Jen Adams (1998-Pres.)66
8.Sarah Forbes (1994-97)63
9.Michele Uhlfelder (1988-91)55
10.Kay Ruffino (1982-85)52
Sue Brown (1978-80)
Christie Jenkins (1997-Pres.)50

Maryland's Career Points List

1.Kelly Amonte (1993-96)319
2.Judy Dougherty (1978-1981)249
3.Anysia Fedec (1984-87)240
4.Sascha Newmarch (1995-98)223
5.Cathy Nelson (1995-98)217
6.Betsy Elder (1991-94)199
7.Karen Trudel (1982-85)185
8.Laura Harmon (1992-95)184
9.Mary Ann Oelgoetz (1987-90)178
10.Sarah Forbes (1994-97)170
Jen Adams (1998-Pres.)170
Christie Jenkins (1997-Pres.)164


Number of seniors who graduated from the Terrapins 1999 national championship team.

The Terps' preseason rank by both the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse.

Games in the Syracuse/Maryland series. Both were Maryland wins.

Assists needed by Christie Jenkins to make the Terps career top ten list.

2000 team captains: seniors Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe, and Kristin Sommar.

The Terrapins enter the 2000 season as the five-time defending national champions.

Returning All-Americans on the Terps' roster.

Points needed by Christie Jenkins to jump onto the Maryland career chart for points at the No. 10 spot.

Number of national titles for the Maryland program.

Cindy Timchal is entering her 10th season as head coach for the Terrapins.

All-time wins vs. Towson. Maryland has not lost to the Tigers since 1976.

Maryland wins in the Penn State series. Maryland has won the last 11 match-ups, including last year's NCAA semifinal.

Goals by Jen Adams, last year's Player of the Year, breaking Terp legend Kelly Amonte's previous record of 62 set in 1996.

Wins by Cindy Timchal at Maryland. With just 12 losses with the Terps, her winning percentage is .925.