Feb. 25, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
One of the fiercest rivalries in women's college lacrosse resumes Saturday when No. 2 Maryland travels to No. 5 Duke for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. Game time is slated for noon.
Maryland topped No. 18 Penn State in its last outing. The Terps utilized a high-scoring second half to move to 2-0 on the year. Caitlyn McFadden's six-goal showing against the Nittany Lions provided the Phoenix, Md., native with her first ACC Player of the Week nod for the 2010 campaign. The senior has tallied at least one point in her last 27 matches, one of the longest streaks in the nation.
Duke enters Saturday's highly-anticipated contest with a 4-0 record, including wins against ranked-foes Vanderbilt and William & Mary. In the last meeting between the two prominent programs, Maryland defeated the Blue Devils to capture the 2009 ACC Tournament title in Blacksburg, Va.
A live radio broadcast of Saturday's match will be available by clicking on the link above or by logging on to www.wmucsports.com.
SIMPLY THE BEST - MARYLAND WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 25 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 22nd appearance in the postseason in 2009.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (54) and has the most wins with a 39-16 record.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is four more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first five national titles the last five seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Heading into the 2010 season, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 516 and also boast the top winning percentage (.806).
TERPS RALLY TO DEFEAT NO. 18 PENN STATE
Caitlyn McFadden scored six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team rallied from an early first-half deficit to drop No. 18 Penn State, 17-9, Sunday.
Maryland opened the second stanza with 11 unanswered goals, beginning with a Laura Merrifield unassisted score with a mere nine seconds elapsed in the period. McFadden, Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year, knotted up the score with a pair of goals and Brandi Jones found the back of the net to give Maryland the lead with 27:01 remaining in the contest.
Defensively, Maryland put on a clinic in the second half, allowing only three goals from a Nittany Lion offense that came into the match averaging more than ten goals per contest. Senior Katie Gallagher picked up a game-high three caused turnovers and sophomore Brittany Dipper notched her second win of the year with four saves in the cage.
TERPS WIN SEASON OPENER
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece en route to a win against Richmond, 17-7, in the Terps' season opener last Sunday.
Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.
Sophomore Brittany Dipper was the keeper of record after making six saves in the match. The Terps were a stellar 10-for-10 in clears. Laura Merrifield had a team-high three caused turnovers as Brittany Poist scooped up three of Maryland's 19 ground balls on the day.
Maryland is now 17-0 all-time against Richmond.
Despite winning the ACC championship and going a spectacular 21-1, including an undefeated record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, the Terps, which return every starter from last season, have some unfinished business to take care of --- bringing the national championship back to College Park.
It had been five seemingly long seasons since the esteemed Maryland women's lacrosse program had advanced to the final four, but the wait finally ended in 2009 as the Terps landed in Towson for national semifinals.
North Carolina narrowly edged Maryland, 8-7, in the final four.
This year's Terps are a year older and a year wiser -- boasting a total of ten upperclassmen in their starting lineup -- and the goal has never been clearer.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
No. 5-ranked Duke is 4-0 heading into this weekend's highly-anticipated conference match. The Blue Devils have defeated Denver, No. 11 Vanderbilt, Richmond and Willam & Mary thus far.
Duke and Maryland have taken eerily similar paths to Saturday's match, each averaging exactly 17 goals per game and downing a ranked foe on the road in their last outing, despite trailing at halftime.
Duke topped No. 20 William & Mary, 16-9, in its last match. The Blue Devils were led by Lindsay Gilbride and Kat Thomas, who put up four and three goals, respectively.
Gilbride garnered the league's first player of the week honor at the beginning of the season and leads Duke with 17 points. Sarah Bullard has a team-high 13 goals while Thomas has controlled a team-best 11 draw controls.
Goalie Mollie Mackler boasts an 8.50 goals against average with 40 saves and a Duke-best 16 ground balls.
Maryland owns the all-time series, 11-8, including a pair of wins versus Duke last season. Both contests were decided by a total of only three goals.
The Terps outscored Duke 8-6 in the second half, including four goals from Caitlyn McFadden, to drop the Blue Devils, 12-11, in the ACC championship game in Blacksburg, Va., in 2009 in the two squads' last meeting.
Last 10 Meetings:
April 26, 2009 (1) - Duke 11, Maryland 12
Feb. 28, 2009 - Duke 13, Maryland 15
May 17, 2008 (2) - Duke 9, Maryland 7
March 1, 2008 - Maryland 13, Duke 14
March 3, 2007 - Duke 18, Maryland 19
April 28, 2006 (1) - Duke 19, Maryland 9
Feb. 25, 2006 - Maryland 7, Duke 9
Feb. 26, 2005 - Duke 10, Maryland 7
Feb. 29, 2004 - Maryland 7, Duke 9
March 18, 2003 - Duke 8, Maryland 9 (OT)
1 - ACC Tournament
2 - NCAA Tournament
MCFADDEN SNAGS ACC POW HONOR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, February 22.
McFadden lifted the second-ranked Terps to their first road win of the 2010 campaign at No. 18 Penn State Sunday. The senior from Phoenix, Md., tallied six goals, including four in the second stanza, to help Maryland erase a three-goal, first-half deficit against the Nittany Lions. McFadden added an assist and also tallied three draw controls to lead the Terps to a 2-0 record on the year.
McFadden, who ranks among the nation's best with a 27-game scoring streak, is also among the NCAA Division I active leaders in points and assists.
Historically, Maryland presents one of the most aggressive offenses in the nation, and this season is no different.
With two games elapsed in the 2010 season, Maryland is averaging a hefty 34.5 shots per game while surrendering only 19.0.
Caitlyn McFadden and Karri Ellen Johnson lead the way in shots with 16 and 12, respectively.
MCFADDEN NAMED NATIONAL PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason National Player of the Year, as announced by the publication.
McFadden, who helped guide the U. S. to a gold medal in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer, was tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year last season along with a clean sweep of every ACC honor, including Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ended the 2009 campaign with 54 goals, 31 assists and 37 draw controls. The Phoenix, Md., native has started in every match since her arrival to College Park in 2007 and is one-goal shy of 100 career goals as a Terp.
ACC Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the second half to lift the Terps to its first title since 2003 as top-seeded Maryland downed Duke, 12-11, to win the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Thompson Field on the campus of Virginia Tech.
McFadden was named tournament MVP while teammates Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Brittany Jones and Karissa Taylor all landed on the all-tournament team.
Maryland spread around its scoring in its home opener as four different players notched hat tricks on the day.
Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece.
In total, nine Terps scored goals against Richmond, including Danielle Kirk and Katie Schwarzmann, who notched their first collegiate scores at Maryland.
A total of six Terps garnered regional All-American status last season with five moving on to earn national honors -- all return for Maryland this season.
Regionally, Caitlyn McFadden, Karissa Taylor, Sarah Mollison, Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson all landed on the first team while Laura Merrifield racked up regional second team honors.
The first team honorees advanced to national voting where McFadden and Johnson were each tabbed to the first team. Mollison and Brandi Jones landed on the second team and Taylor earned third-team accolades.
McFadden was also named IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
SUMMER FUN IN PRAGUE
A total of 16 current and former Terps competed for their respective countries in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer.
Included in that mix are current Maryland standouts Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison.
McFadden helped guide the U.S. to the gold medal, topping Mollison and Team Australia in the finals. Merrifield led her native England to the semifinals before bowing out to the U.S.
SCHWARZMANN EARNS LOFTY HONOR
Maryland freshman Katie Schwarzmann has been tabbed "Athlete of the Decade" by the Carroll County Times.
A three-sport standout, excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, Schwarzmann was named first-team All-Decade in all three sports.
Maryland, compliments of a 19-0 record, racked up its eighth undefeated regular season following a win against Princeton, 20-12, on May 2, 2009.
The unblemished record was the first for Maryland since 2001, when it last one the national championship.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 28-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 168-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 11 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
BRING ON THE BEST
The Terps are not afraid to challenge the top teams in the nation and have lined up 10 top-25 squads, including six in the top 10, in their 2010 slate.
Maryland will square off against No. 3 Penn, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Virginia, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 Dartmouth, No. 17 Towson and No. 18 Penn State this season. (according to IWLCA Top 25 Poll)
TERPS TAB CAPTAINS
Sarah Mollison will join two-time captains Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor as captains for the defending ACC champions.
McFadden, who was tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, gathered a slew of awards last season, including a sweep of every conference award and IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
Spinnenweber started in every match except one in 2009, tallying career-highs in goals (26), assists (9), points (35), draw controls (22), caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (16).
Taylor picked up Third Team All-America honors last season while guiding the Terrapin defense to a 9.11 GAA. She also contributed offensively during her junior campaign, registering 10 goals and four assists.
Mollison, a junior, started in every match for Maryland's attack in 2009, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 38 assists for the ACC champion Terps.
MD WLAX SWEEPS ACC AWARDS
Caitlyn McFadden headlined the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist was recognized alongside freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
McFadden helped make it three-in-a-row for Maryland as Dana Dobbie won the coveted Player of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008. She was also named ACC Tournament MVP and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Johnson secured Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous freshman campaign in which she tallied team-highs in goals (70) and draw controls (669).
HALL OF FAME COACHES
Over the offseason, both head coach Cathy Reese and assistant coach Quinn Carney were awarded the prestigious honor of being named to various Hall of Fames.
Carney was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame while Reese landed in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January.
Possibly the finest sister combination in the country, Brittany and Brandi Jones team up once again this season in the Maryland midfield.
Brandi took her game to a new level in 2009, being tabbed an All-American and All-ACC after racking up 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore for the ACC champion Terrapins.
Brittany had a breakout season in 2009 notching career-highs in goals (33), assists (8), points (41), and draw controls (23). She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals and adding two draw controls in Maryland's run to the title.
In 2010, Brandi has racked up six points on four goals and a pair of assists.
The prestigious Maryland women's lacrosse program has welcomed yet another solid class to College Park this season.
Ten rookies will suit up for their collegiate debut Sunday versus Richmond.
Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:
#10 Alex Aust * Freshman * M
- three-sport standout in field hockey, lacrosse and basketball at Bullis
- All-Gazette in both field hockey and basketball as a senior in addition to being tabbed All-ISL, All-Met second team, All-Gazette, Under Armour All-American and squad MVP in lacrosse
#17 Sam Barber * Freshman * D/M
- racked up first team All-American, Concorde District, and Northern Region honors as a senior at Robinson Secondary
- 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List
#15 Melissa Diepold * Freshman * D
- Three-sport athlete at Perry Hall High School
- first team all-county and all-division in lacrosse as a junior and senior
#34 Kasey Howard* Freshman * G
- Three-year goalie at Broadneck
- second team all-county and led Anne Arundel County in save percentage final two years
#30 Danielle Kirk * Freshman * M/A
- in 2009, was tabbed Washington Post Second Team All-Metro, Baltimore Sun Second Team All-Metro, All-Tewaaraton Team, IAAM All-Star and Capital All-County
- voted Under Armour MVP for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Tournament in 2008
#11 Sarah Matz * Freshman * M/A
- all-conference, second team all-metro, Baltimore City Player of the Year, Baltimore Messenger Player of the Year, Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore City and was tabbed to play in the Under Armour All-American game as a senior
- also a standout in soccer, where she was a two-time captain and All-Baltimore City
#36 Kristen McAfee * Freshman * D
- four-year lacrosse letterwinner, helping Moorestown HS to state titles all four seasons
- also plays soccer for Maryland
#14 Iliana Sanza * Freshman * D
- won 12 letters while enrolled at St. Paul's School for Girls, four apiece in soccer, basketball and lacrosse
- First Team All-American, all-metro, all-county, IAAM All-Star in lacrosse as a senior
#7 Katie Schwarzmann * Freshman * M
- talented three-sport standout at Century High School
- Schwarzmann was a three-time All-American in lacrosse, also earning First Team All-Metro, Carroll County Times Player of the Year, First Team All-County and First Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors
#32 Anne Morgan Yeatman * Freshman * A
- team captain, first team All-North County, All-CIF and San Diego County All-Star as a senior
- brother, Will, also plays lacrosse at Maryland
WMUC ON THE CALL
Exciting Maryland women's lacrosse action will once again be available via the internet at www.wmucsports.com.