Women's Lacrosse Capture Fourth Consecutive National Championship

May 18, 1998

Friday, May 15
No. 1 Virginia 10, No. 4 Dartmouth 7
No. 3 Maryland 14, No. 2 North Carolina 9

Sunday, May 17
No. 3 Maryland 11, No. 1 Virginia 5

NCAA NOTES: Maryland's 11-5 win over Virginia in Sunday's National Collegiate finals marked the Terps' FOURTH consecutive national championship. The Terps advanced to this year's final game for the fifth consecutive year, and it marked the Terps' second win over Virginia in the National Collegiate championship. The Terps defeated Virginia, 10-5, in 1996.

Led by senior Cathy Nelson's MVP honors, four Terps were named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. Joining Nelson were seniors Sascha Newmarch and Kathleen Lund, and sophomores Alex Kahoe and Tonia Porras.

Maryland senior Cathy Nelson scored three goals, and sophomore Christie Jenkins added two to lead third-ranked Maryland to an 11-5 victory over top-ranked Virginia. The win marked the Terps' fourth consecutive National Collegiate championship title in as many years, and their fifth this decade. Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe made a career-high 21 saves to help the Terrapins beat the Cavaliers. Jenkins scored twice in the first half to help Maryland take a 4-1 halftime lead. Kahoe had 11 saves in the half, including several in the first few minutes, when Virginia was dominating play. The Terps started the second half with two goals in the first three minutes as freshman Quinn Carney scored and set up Nelson's second goal. Maryland led 9-2 midway through the half before Virginia scored three consecutive goals to pull within 9-5 with nine minutes left. Nelson sealed the victory with 2:07 remaining, scoring her fourth and final goal.

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 Terps' 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 Maryland's fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA championship game.

Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Alex Kahoe recorded a career-high 21 saves, and was only five saves shy of an NCAA championship record, against Virginia in the championship game. Her 21 saves on Sunday tie her for second in the NCAA record book (Most Saves, Championship Rround). Her 48 total saves during this year's NCAA Tournament (which includes second round, semifinals and finals) rank her fifth in the NCAA record book.

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 261 which is a new school single-season record. Her previous 233 single-season saves was a school record she set last season.

Maryland captured its second national championship on Sunday after entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed. The last time Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed was in 1992, and the Terps defeated Harvard, 11-10, in overtime.

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal entered 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 five national championships, two runner-up titles and a third-place finish.

Maryland's six-member senior class played in its eighth NCAA Tournament last weekend, and made its fourth consecutive appearance in the Finals. Senior Helena Herrmann was also a member of Maryland's 1994 team which also participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Opponent        Date            Round           Result
Virginia        May 17, 1998    Finals          W, 11-5
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, 12-7

Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal, the third-winningest coach in women's lacrosse, collected her 200th career victory after the Terps handed Loyola a 13-9 defeat on May 3. Timchal became the third coach in women's lacrosse history to earn career-win 200. She now owns a 203-51 career record in 17 years of coaching.

Senior midfielder Sascha Newmarch finished her four-year career with 149 career goals, including a career-high five against Old Dominion (3/28). She ranks 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)   149

Newmarch's 223 career points ranks her fourth in the all-time scoring records.

1.  Kelly Amonte        (1993-96)   319
2.  Judy Dougherty      (1978-81)   250
3.  Anysia Fedec        (1984-87)   240
4.  Sascha Newmarch     (1995-98)   223

Newmarch's 74 career assists, including a career-high six against Towson University (4/8), place her sixth in the career charts.

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)   74

Senior attack Cathy Nelson notched 77 career assists in her 79-game career, and stands in fourth place in the Maryland career record book.

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 217 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)   217

Nelson's 140 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)   140

Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson and Sascha Newmarch are both ranked in the Maryland top-10 season performance charts. Nelson's 58 goals rank her third. Kelly Amonte is the single-season goal leader with 62 goals scored in 1996. Newmarch's 42 assists rank her second. Amonte holds the record with 48. Nelson's 83 points rank her fifth, while Newmarch's 90 points place her third. Nelson's 75 points last year ranked her ninth.

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).

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 year's senior class has won FOUR national championships. They finished their campaign with an overall record of 75-4, 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 women's lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships, and made history again this year winning their fourth title. 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 '97 while Nelson earned all-tournament honors in '97. The senior class also captured the inaugural ACC championship last year, with Newmarch earning tournament MVP honors.

...Won six of its last seven games entering today's game against Virginia;
...Won 10 of its last 11 NCAA Tournament games entering today's 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.

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.

149 Senior Sascha Newmarch totaled 149 career goals which places her in fifth place in Maryland's all-time record book.

77 Senior Cathy Nelson totaled 77 career assists which places her in fourth place in Maryland's all-time record book.

223 Senior Sascha Newmarch scored 223 career points in her four years as a Terp. The 223 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 year's NCAA Tournament.

269 Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe has recorded a career-high 269 saves this season, breaking her old record, and the single-season school-record of 233 she set last year.

99 The Maryland freshman class has scored 99 of the Terps' 286 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 scored at least one point in all of Maryland's 21 games.

20 Maryland senior Sascha Newmarch scored at least one point in 20 straight games this season.

THE TERPS WIN GAMES BY PLAYING DEFENSE The Maryland defense allowed its opponents a stingy 8.23 goals per game, the 13th-best scoring defense in the country. Maryland held 14 of its 21 opponents to under 10 goals. The Terps held the high-powered attack of Dartmouth to a mere seven goals. The Big Green average 15.21 goals per game.

Opponent        Goals Allowed       Current Avg.    Rank
Dartmouth       7                   15.21           No.1
Syracuse        7                   15.08           No. 2
Temple          5                   13.29           No. 5
Virginia        8, 5                12.18           No. 13
North Carolina  10, 12, 9           12.13           No. 15
Georgetown      7                   11.93           No. 17

Maryland's Australian duo of Sascha Newmarch and Jen Adams combined for 75 goals and 59 assists, and finished as the Terps' top and third-leading scorers, respectively, this season. Newmarch scored a career-high five goals against Old Dominion on March 28, and recorded a career-high six assists against Towson University on April 15. She scored four hat tricks while Adams twice scored a career-high four goals. Adams scored the game-winning goal with 53 seconds to give the Terps a 12-11 victory over Princeton April 29.

Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe started in all 21 of Maryland's games. She allowed 149 goals in 1217 minutes played (.644 save percentage) and recorded a 7.35 goals a game average. She posted double-figure saves in 16 of the Terps' 21 games, including a career-high 21 saves versus Virginia in the finals of the NCAA tournament.

                        No. Oppt.           Date
Season High             21  Virginia        5-17-98
Career High             21  Virginia        5-17-98
10+ Career Saves Games  25

Maryland sophomore Christie Jenkins ended her sophomore campaign with record-setting numbers. As a freshman, Jenkins totaled 26 goals, 11 assists and 37 points in 22 games played. This season, Jenkins totaled 30 goals, nine assists and 39 points. She equalled her career-high three-goal performance four times this season, most recently against North Carolina in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Jenkins was also an All-ACC selection.

Terps National Numbers
4 Maryland captured its fourth consecutive national championship on May 17, defeating top-ranked Virginia, 11-5.

14 Maryland made its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament which ties it with Penn State for the most tournament appearances.

9 Maryland made its ninth consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance.

5 Five Terps were named South Region All-Americans. Sascha Newmarch, Cathy Nelson and Kristin Sommar all were first-team selections while Christie Jenkins and Alex Kahoe were named to the second team.

29 Maryland's 29 NCAA tournament games played is an NCAA record.

.652 Cindy Timchal owns a .652 (15-8) winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament (including wins at both Maryland and Northwestern).

5 Maryland advanced to the championship game of the National Collegiate Championship for the fifth consecutive year.

21 Maryland has won a record-setting 21 NCAA tournament games.

78 Maryland and James Madison combined for 78 total shots on goal round which is a new NCAA record.

98 The Maryland senior class has outscored its NCAA Tournament opposition, 98-58.

.724 Maryland owns a .724 winning percentage in NCAA Tournament play. The Terps own a 21-8 all-time record.

20 Maryland senior Cathy Nelson, who was named MVP of the 1998 NCAA Championship, has scored 20 goals in each one of the four Final Fours she has played in.

1.000 The Maryland seniors own a 1.000 winning percentage in NCAA Tournament play, winning 10 of their last 10 games.

NCAA History
Maryland women's lacrosse has recently established itself as one of the premier programs in the nation. The 90's have already been crowned the most successful decade of Maryland's women's lacrosse existence.

This year marked the Terrapins' 14th trip to the NCAA championship tournament and their fourth NCAA championship in as many years.

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is the only team in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse history to win four consecutive national championships. The Terps won the 1995, 1996,1997 and 1998 championships. In addition, Maryland became the first team in women's lacrosse history to complete two consecutive unbeaten, untied seasons. Maryland won 17 consecutive games in 1995 and 19 straight games in 1996. The winning streak reached 50 straight games, the longest win streak in Division I men's and women's lacrosse, after the Terps' 11-10 victory over Virginia in the ACC Championship game.

Maryland has won five national championships in the last seven years, and seven national championships in the history of program. The five national championships are the most by any school.

Maryland's seven national championships is the most ever by any Maryland team. The Terps have reached the NCAA finals an unprecedented 15 times, including eight of the last nine seasons.

The Maryland players are among the most decorated in the history of the sport. The Terps have had at least one player named All-American every year since 1980. In each of the past four years, Maryland has had 10 All-America selections, more than any other team in the sport of women's lacrosse. Most recently, five Terrapins were named South Region All-Americans and automatically qualify for National All-America honors. The five include, Cathy Nelson, Sascha Newmarch, Kristin Sommar, Christie Jenkins and Alex Kahoe. Nelson, Newmarch and Sommar each earned first-team honors while Jenkins and Kahoe earned second-team honors.

Last year, Sarah Forbes received the Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year award and earned her third All-America selection as well as being named the NCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year.

In 1996, Kelly Amonte was named the National Division I Most Valuable Player and Division I Offensive Player of the Year. She also earned National Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1995.

In 1990, the Terps had both the National Offensive Player of the Year, Mary Ann Oelgoetz, and the National Defensive Player of the Year, Mary Kondner. Mandy Stevensen became the first Terp to earn National Goalkeeper of the Year honors while Kerstin Manning earned National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. In 1994, Betsy Elder became the third Maryland player to receive the National Offensive Player of the Year award.