May 16, 1998
No. 3 Seed MARYLAND (17-3) vs. No. 1 Seed VIRGINIA (17-2)
NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
SUNDAY, MAY 17, 1998; 3:00 PM
University of Maryland Baltimore County
SERIES: Maryland leads the series, 19-6. Maryland defeated Virginia during this yearis regular-season play, 11-8. Virginia last defeated the Terps on March 23, 1993. Todayis meeting will be the fifth between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament. The series is tied at 2-2 in NCAA championship play. The Cavaliers defeated the Terps 8-6 in the 1991 Finals, while the Terps handed the Cavaliers a 10-5 defeat in the 1996 Finals.
NCAA NOTES: Virginia advanced to the NCAA Finals after defeating Dartmouth 10-7 in Fridayis other semifinal...2,756 fans witnessed Marylandis 14-9 victory over North Carolina in the second semifinal on Friday night...Ticket prices for the National Collegiate Championship are $10 Adult, $6 Youth (Single Day Ticket); an All Session Pass is $20 Adults, $15 Youth.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The North Carolina Triangle Classic field includes 25 teams: Akron, Campbell, Drexel, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, George Mason, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois-Chicago, Kentucky, Marshall, Maryland-Baltimore County, Miami-Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina-Charlotte, North Carolina-Greensboro, North Carolina-Wilmington, Ohio, Radford, Rhode Island, Temple, Virginia Tech and Youngstown State.
POOL PLAY: Maryland joins Drexel, Miami-Ohio, North Carolina-Wilmington and Rhode Island in one pool. Five pools consisting of five teams make up the tournament field, and single-elimination bracket play begins on Saturday evening.
IWLCA Poll (April 27, 1998): 1. Virginia 17-2 2. North Carolina 15-3 3. MARYLAND 17-3 4. Loyola 13-4 5. Dartmouth 13-3 6. James Madison 11-8 7. Princeton 12-5 8. William & Mary 8-8 9. Georgetown 9-7 10. Duke 10-7 11. Temple 14-5 12. Delaware 12-4 13. Penn State 7-8 14. Yale 12-3 15. Rutgers 11-4
HEAD COACH GINA LAMANDRE: Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre is in her fourth year as head coach of the Terps, and enters the e98 campaign with a 74-80-1 overall record. LaMandre was hired in 1995 to construct a newly-developed Maryland softball program, and in 1997 the Terps took their first step into becoming a recognizable program. LaMandre guided the Terps to a share of the ACC title, and was rewarded by her peers as the Speedline/NSCA Coach of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region, her second such honor in her three years at Maryland.
TERPS DEFEAT NORTH CAROLINA; ADVANCE TO NCAA FINAL
The Maryland women's lacrosse team proved that the third time really is a charm on Friday night, defeating the No. 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels, 14-9, in front of 2,756 fans. It marked the Terpsi first win of the season over the Tar Heels. North Carolina had previously beaten the Terps 10-9 and 12-10. Senior Cathy Nelson scored a team-high four goals while senior Sascha Newmarch added three, which led a Maryland rally after scoring all three in a little over a minute time span in the first half. This is Marylandis fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA championship game.
KAHOE SETS SINGLE-SEASON SAVE RECORD...AGAIN
Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Alex Kahoe surpassed her single-season save total from last season (233) after posting 13 saves against James Madison last Saturday. Her current save total is 248 which is a new school single-season record. Her previous 233 single-season saves was a school record she set last season.
THE LAST TIME...
The last time Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed it won the national championship. The Terps defeated Harvard, 11-10, in overtime.
TIMCHAL MAKING 12TH NCAA COACHING APPEARANCE
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal will enter the 1998 NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in her 17-year career. While at Northwestern, Timchal took the Wildcats to the tournament five times, including three consecutive fifth-place finishes during 1986-88. A Timchal-coached Maryland team has never once missed the NCAA Tournament since her arrival in College Park. She has coached the Terps to four national championships, two runner-up titles and a third-place finish.
SENIORS TO APPEAR IN EIGHTH NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME
Maryland's six-member senior class is playing in its eighth NCAA Tournament this weekend, and its fourth consecutive appearance in the Finals. Senior Helena Herrmann was also a member of Marylandis 1994 team which also participated in the NCAA Tournament.
Opponent Date Round Result North Carolina May 15, 1998 Semifinals W, 14-8 James Madison May 9, 1998 Second W, 13-8 Loyola May 18, 1997 Finals W, 8-7 Temple May 17, 1997 Semifinals W, 9-6 Penn State May 10, 1997 Second W, 6-2 Virginia May 19, 1996 Finals W, 10-5 Princeton May 18, 1996 Semifinals W, 6-5 Princeton May 21, 1995 Finals W, 13-5 Penn State May 20, 1995 Semifinals W, 12-7TIMCHAL EARNS CAREER-WIN 200
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal, the third-winningest coach in womenis lacrosse, collected her 200th career victory after the Terps handed Loyola a 13-9 defeat on May 3. Timchal became the third coach in womenis lacrosse history to earn career-win 200. She now owns a 202-51 career record in 17 years of coaching.
Senior midfielder Sascha Newmarch has recorded 148 career goals, including a career-high five against Old Dominion (3/28). She is now in fifth place in the Maryland career record book.
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) 148
Newmarch's 220 career points ranks her fourth in the all-time scoring records. She is ranked ninth in the country in points per game, averaging 4.35 points per game.
1. Kelly Amonte (1993-96) 319 2. Judy Dougherty (1978-81) 250 3. Anysia Fedec (1984-87) 240 4. Sascha Newmarch (1995-98) 220
Newmarch's 72 career assists, including a career-high six against Towson University (4/8), place her sixth in the career charts. She is ranked second in the country in assists per game with a 2.00 average.
1. Kelly Amonte (1993-96) 132 2. Judy Dougherty (1978-81) 107 3. Anysia Fedec (1984-87) 83 4. Cathy Nelson (1995-98) 77 5. Karen MacCrate (1993-96) 76 6. Sascha Newmarch (1995-98) 72NELSON CLIMBING THE ASSIST LADDER
Senior attack Cathy Nelson has notched 77 career assists in her 78-game career, and is in fourth place in the Maryland career record book. Nelson notched a career- and season-high five assists against James Madison in the second round of this yearis NCAA Tournament.
1. Kelly Amonte (1993-96) 132 2. Judy Dougherty (1978-81) 107 3. Anysia Fedec (1984-87) 83 4. Cathy Nelson (1995-98) 77
Nelson's 213 career points place her in fifth place in the Maryland record book.
1. Kelly Amonte (1993-96) 319 2. Judy Dougherty (1978-81) 250 3. Anysia Fedec (1991-94) 240 4. Sascha Newmarch (1995-98) 220 5. Cathy Nelson (1995-98) 213
Nelsonis 136 career goals rank her seventh in the Maryland record book. 5. Sascha Newmarch (1995-98) 148 6. Judy Dougherty (1978-81) 143 7. Cathy Nelson (1995-98) 136
NELSON AND NEWMARCH AMONG TOP-10 SEASON PERFORMERS
Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson and Sascha Newmarch are both ranked in the Maryland top-10 season performance charts. Nelsonis 54 goals to date rank her in a tie for fourth place three other Terps. Kelly Amonte is the single-season goal leader with 62 goals scored in 1996. Newmarchis 40 assists to date rank her second. Amonte holds the record with 48. She had scored 32 last season which places her fourth on the performance list. Newmarchis 87 points also place her third. Her 75 points last year ranked her eighth. Nelsonis 79 points this year lace her in a three-way tie for fourth.
THE MARYLAND SENIOR CLASS
No doubt about it, this year's senior class has had a record-setting four years wearing the Maryland uniform. This yearis senior class has won three national championships. They have an accumulated record of 74-4, including two undefeated seasons (1995 & 1996) and a national-record 21 wins in 1997. They made history last year in becoming the first team in NCAA Division I womenis lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships. The 50 consecutive wins enjoyed by these seniors the last three seasons was a national record for Division I lacrosse. Sascha Newmarch is a two-time All-American and Cathy Nelson earned third team All-America honors last season. Newmarch earned NCAA all-tournament honors in 1996 and e97 while Nelson earned all-tournament honors in e97. The senior class also captured the inaugural ACC championship last year, with Newmarch earning tournament MVP honors.
THE TOUGH GET GOING
Thirteen of Maryland's 20 wins have come against ranked teams--No. 3 Virginia (11-8); No. 12 Dartmouth (16-7); No. 15 Old Dominion (18-1); No. 7 Temple (11-5); No. 8 James Madison (14-11); No. 10 Georgetown (10-7); No. 7 William & Mary (16-7); No. 12 Penn State (14-10); No. 7 Princeton (12-11); No. 4 Loyola (13-9); No. 6 James Madison (13-8; NCAA Second Round); and No. 2 North Carolina (14-9).
MUCH ADO ABOUT MITCHELL
Maryland senior attack Noelle Mitchell is scoring career marks in her final year wearing a Maryland uniform. The Somers, N.Y. native has already scored 33 goals surpassing her old mark of 11 total goals in 1997. Her 35 points also surpass her 13 points she scored as a junior. She has scored a hat trick four times this season (vs. Syracuse, Towson, William & Mary and Princeton).
...Won six of its last seven games entering todayis game against Virginia;
...Won 10 of its last 11 NCAA Tournament games entering todayis game against Virginia;
...Won 14 games when allowing its opponent to score no more than 10 goals;
...Scored in double figures in 18 of its last 20 game and is averaging 13.9 goals per game during that span;
...Won all nine of its last nine NCAA Tournament games giving its seniors a 1.000 winning percentage over the last four years.
THREE FORTY GOAL SCORERS: Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson (43 goals) and Sascha Newmarch (49 goals) joined former Terrapin Sarah Forbes (58) to form the first trio in school history to score at least 40 goals each in a single season.
TERPS TENACIOUS DEFENSE: Marylandis defense will look to continue its tough, tenacious defense from last season. The Terps held their opponents to less than 6.0 goals per game.
TERPS VS. RANKED TEAMS: Maryland was 14-1 vs. ranked teams last season and defeated seven straight ranked opponents to end the year. The Terps defeated 31 of their last 32 opponents which have been ranked within the IWLCA/Brine Top-15, and are 56-1 as the nationis No. 1-ranked team in the last three seasons.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
200 Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 200th career victory after the Terps defeated Loyola 13-9 on May 3. She joins only two other coaches to reach this milestone.
148 Senior Sascha Newmarch has totaled 148 career goals which places her in fifth place in Marylandis all-time record book.
77 Senior Cathy Nelson has totaled 77 career assists which places her in fourth place in Marylandis all-time record book.
220 Senior Sascha Newmarch has scored 220 career points in her four years as a Terp. The 220 career-point total ranks her fourth in the Maryland record book.
6 Cathy Nelson scored a career-high six goals against Penn State.
5 Cathy Nelson scored a career-high five assists against James Madison in the second round of this yearis NCAA Tournament.
248 Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe has recorded a career-high 248 saves this season, breaking her old record, and the single-season school-record of 233 she set last year.
96 The Maryland freshman class has scored 96 of the Terpsi 275 goals.
41 The Maryland freshman class has accounted for 41 percent of the Terp scoring.
46 Maryland tallied a season-high 46 shots against Princeton on April 29.
1 Maryland senior Cathy Nelson has scored at least one point in all of Marylandis 20 games.
19 Maryland senior Sascha Newmarch has scored at least one point in 19 straight games this season.
GOALS 1. Cathy Nelson 54 2. Sascha Newmarch 47 3. Noelle Mitchell 33
ASSISTS 1. Sascha Newmarch 40 2. Cathy Nelson 25 3. Jen Adams 16
POINTS 1. Sascha Newmarch 87 2. Cathy Nelson 79 3. Jen Adams 42
GROUNDBALLS 1. Sascha Newmarch 63 2. Cathy Nelson 59 3. Jen Adams 58
4 Maryland is ranked fourth in the country in scoring offense. The Terps average 13.7 goals per game (as of May 5).
78 Maryland and James Madison combined for 78 total shots on goal last Saturday in the NCAA second round which is a new NCAA record.
4 Maryland owns a perfect 4-0 record in NCAA overtime games.
87 The Maryland senior class has outscored its NCAA Tournament opposition, 87-53.
.714 Maryland owns a .714 winning percentage in NCAA Tournament play. The Terps own a 20-8 all-time record.