April 14, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's lacrosse team, ranked ninth in the nation, will conclude ACC regular season play on the road this week at No. 6 North Carolina.
Maryland (8-5, 1-2) is coming off a pair of close games last week, falling to No. 4 Georgetown by two goals and defeating No. 12 Johns Hopkins by two goals. The sixth-ranked Tar Heels (11-3, 2-1) are fresh off a 12-10 victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Maryland leads the all-time series 10-5, including one win over the Tar Heels a season ago. In that game, Annie Collins scored two goals and three assists and Jessica Dorney scored a hat trick to pace the Terp offense. The Terps had an 8-4 halftime lead and were able to hold off North Carolina for a 11-9 victory.
The Terps have won three straight against UNC, but lost to the Tar Heels the last time the two teams played in Chapel Hill in 2002.
Saturday's game will have an impact on the final ACC standings and the ACC Tournament. Should Maryland win, North Carolina and Maryland will have matching 2-2 ACC records, with the Terps holding a tiebreaker over the Tar Heels (head-to-head) and could keep the Terps out of the first round ACC Tournament game on Thursday. Should Maryland lose, it would have a 1-3 record in the ACC, and could finish no better than fourth and would play in the Thursday game.
All of Maryland's losses this season have come against teams ranked in the top seven in the country. As of April 11, the Terps' strength of schedule was fourth in the country (according to lax.com).
Excluding the game against Virginia, the Terps average loss margin is just two goals.
A look ahead: Maryland will return to College Park next Sunday, April 24th, for a home game against Syracuse.
Sommers ACC Player of the Week
Maryland's Greta Sommers was named this week's Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for her performances against fourth-ranked Georgetown and 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins.
Sommers, a senior defender from Chesterstown, Md., led the Terrapins against No. 4 Georgetown and No. 12 Johns Hopkins. On defense, Sommers stopped two of the nation's best scorers while also tallying a career high three points against Georgetown. On the week, Sommers recorded three goals and one assist for four points along with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls.
The Week That Was
Maryland split its games this week, falling at No. 4 Georgetown 8-6 and defeating No. 12 Johns Hopkins 12-10.
Against the Hoyas, the Terps had a 6-2 lead with 23 minutes left in the second half, but Georgetown chipped away at the Maryland lead and won 8-6. Greta Sommers had a career day for the Terps scoring three points and stopping Georgetown's Coco Stanwick on defense.
Against the Blue Jays, Acacia Walker netted five goals as the Terps held off Hopkins for a 12-10 win at Ludwig Field. Delia Cox added a hat trick and an assist for Maryland, and Kirah Miles made nine saves to preserve the victory.
Several Terps are having the best years of their careers this season. Below is a look at who has already has surpassed their season totals from previous seasons.
Name 05 Total Prev. Career High Walker 32 G 29 G (2003) Doolittle 18 G 8 G (2004) Richards 14 G 12 (2004) Richards 12 A 9 (2004) Richards 26 Pts 21 (2004) Sommers 4 G 3 G (2002, 03) Sommers 4 A 1 A (2003) Sommers 8 Pts 4 Pts (2003) Sommar 10 CT 5 CT (2004) Clipp 28 GB 1 GB (2004) Clipp 11 CT 0 CT (2004) Raver 7 CT 0 CT (2004)
100 Goal Club
Delia Cox became just the 24th player in Maryland history to score 100 career goals with her score against Penn State on March 25.
Cox, who has 23 goals this season, scored 36 as a freshman and 47 last season. She has 106 for her career.
Acacia Walker scored her 100th career goal against Georgetown. Walker now has 105 career goals. She is just 19 points shy of becoming the 12th player to score 200 career points.
In addition to having the three leading scorers on the team, Terp seniors are atop the list in every major statistical category this season. Below is a look at the senior class' influence on the stats (lists top three in each category, seniors in bold):
Goals: Walker (32), Cox (23) Dorney (21)
Assists: Collins (20), Richards (12), Dorney (10)
Points: Walker (38), Dorney (31), Collins (30)
Ground Balls: Miles (33), Walker (31), Sommers (30)
Draw Controls: Walker (31), Collins (19), Cox (16)
Caused T/O's: Sommers (18), Walker (17), Collins (13), Cox (13)
Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina enters Saturday's game with an 11-3 record, including a 2-1 mark in the ACC.
The Tar Heels have a balanced offensive attack with four players with 15 or more goals. Jess Allen has a team-high 26 goals, followed closely by Allison Higgins' 23 goals. Higgins leads the team with 16 assists. She is the only Tar Heel with double-digit assists.
Part of the UNC balance is demonstrated by the fact that six different players have game-winning goals this season, and four players have two game-winners on the year.
Look for Jen Cook to control most of the draws for North Carolina. She has 39 on the season, 25 more than the second person on the team.
In net is Kristen Hordy, who is allowing just 8.49 goals per game. Hordy leads the ACC in saves per game (10.08).
All three of UNC's losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10. The Tar Heels were edged by then-No.3 (and current No. 1) Northwestern 6-5 in the opener. UNC also fell to then-No. 6 Virginia and then-No. 8 Georgetown. UNC does own impressive victories over Duke, Penn State and Loyola this year.
UNC is coached by Jenny Levy, who is in her 10th season with the Tar Heels.