Women Laxers Set For Pair Of Road Tests

March 1, 2005

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's lacrosse team will try for their first win of the season this week on the road against Old Dominion and Richmond. The Terps' game with Richmond was rescheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. after poor field conditions forced a change to be made.

    The Terps are looking to rebound after its season-opening 10-7 loss to No. 4 Duke at home. Maryland rallied from a 7-1 halftime deficit, but the Blue Devils managed to hold on for the victory.

    The Monarchs and Spiders will each open their season against Maryland.

    Maryland is 2-2 all-time in the month of February. Maryland's only losses in the month have come against Duke (2004, 2005).

    The Terps are unbeaten all-time against Richmond and Old Dominion. Maryland holds an 11-0 advantage against the Spiders, and has a 22-0 edge in the series with the Monarchs.

    Maryland defeated both teams in 2004. Against Richmond, Jessica Dorney scored a hat trick and an assist to lead the Terps to a 16-6 win in College Park. Against Old Dominion, Maryland was paced by Kelly Coppedge's six-goal performance, and Delia Cox and Annie Collins each contributed five point games for the Terps.


    Game Information:
    Maryland vs. Old Dominion
    Wednesday, March 2, 3 p.m.

    Maryland vs. Richmond
    Thursday, March 3, 3 p.m.


    The Week That Was
    • Fourth-ranked Duke raced out to a 7-1 first half lead and withstood a second half rally by No. 7 Maryland to defeat the Terps in their season-opener, 10-7.
    Annie Collins led Maryland with two goals and one assist, while Katie Doolittle and Jessica Dorney added a goal and an assist apiece.
    • The Blue Devils jumped on Maryland early with goals from Kristy Dirks and Kristen Waagbo in the first two minutes of action. Maryland's Brooke Richards scored for the Terps on an assist from Doolittle at 25:24, but Duke closed out the first half with five straight goals from five different Blue Devils.
    • The Terps rallied back, though, scoring five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to cut Duke's lead to 7-6. Collins helped the Terps with two goals and an assist in that run, and Doolittle, Kelly Kasper and Greta Sommers also added goals for Maryland.
    Jessica Dorney scored a free-position goal at 2:56 to make the score 9-7, but Duke was able to win the ensuing draw and melt the clock until Chrest tacked on a late goal to seal the victory.
    • For the game, the Terps were just 2-of-7 on free-position shots. Kirah Miles stopped nine shots for Maryland. Duke's Huether made seven saves on the game.

    Scouting Richmond
    • Richmond will open its season against Maryland on Thursday. The Spiders posted a 7-9 record in 2004.
    • The Spiders return eight starters from last year's squad. Richmond lost its top two scorers from last season (Polly Purcell and Libby Berlacher), but return goalkeeper Jackie Swansburg. Swansburg played every minute of every game last season for the Spiders, posting a goals-against average of 10.67.
    • Richmond's top-returning scorer is Allison Nuzzi. Nuzzi scored just 14 goals but posted a team-leading 25 assists for the Spiders last season. Also returning offensively for Richmond is Kristen Habicht. Habicht scored 30 goals and had seven assists in her junior season.
    • Richmond is coached by Sue Murphy, who is in her fourth season with the Spiders. She has a career record of 84-70, and is 29-22 in three seasons at Richmond.
    Scouting Old Dominion
    • Old Dominion opens the season on Wednesday against Maryland. The Monarchs were 5-11 in 2004.
    • The Monarchs lost top playerSuzanne Woscyana to graduation, but return seven starters from last year's team.
    • Melody Shotwell is the team's top returning offensive threat, scoring 26 goals and afive assists last season. Caroline Jacobs (16g, 7a), Ashley Stanwick (14g, 2a) and Katie Veneziale (5g, 2a) are also expected to contribute in 2005.
    • Michelle Gannon saw the majority of action in goal for Old Dominion in 2004 and returns again this season. Gannon stopped 138 shots and allowed a goals-against average of 13.42.
    • Old Dominion is coached by Sue Stahl, who is 105-117 in 14 seasons for the Monarchs.

    Local Ties
    • Thirteen Richmond players call the state of Maryland home, including Fe Grumbine (Owings Mills), Jenna Hubbard (Severna Park), Megan Riedy (Ellicott City), Mary Colleen Buettner (Baltimore), Allison Nuzzi (Baltimore), Zara Nematollahi (Severna Park), Kristen Habicht (Baltimore), Erin Kennedy (Severna Park), Sarah Ingle (Columbia), Claire Cunniff (Catonsville) and Kirby Thalenberg (Annapolis).
    • Ricmond's Kristen Berlacher and Maryland's Kirah Miles are alums of the Agnes Irwin School in Villanova, Pa.
    • Seven Old Dominion players are from Maryland, including Annapolis native Ashley Stanwick and Catonsville native Coleen Carver.