May 29, 2010
TOWSON, Md. -
Top-seeded Maryland will attempt to bring the national title back to College Park when it faces No. 2 Northwestern in the 2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Sunday. First draw is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
A total of 8,762 fans came out Friday to watch the Terps top Syracuse, 14-5, in the national semifinals. It is the largest crowd ever to watch a women's lacrosse game in the United States at any level. Caitlyn McFadden netted four goals to lead Maryland (21-1) to its nation-leading 15th NCAA championship game.
The Terps will face a Northwestern squad vying for its sixth-straight national championship. Maryland leads the all-time series, 6-4, but the two squads have met only twice since 1992.
A radio broadcast of Sunday's match will also be available by logging on to www.wmucsports.com or by following the link above.
TERPS CONTEND FOR 10th NCAA CROWN
Top-seeded Maryland will compete in its nation-best 15th NCAA National Championship game Sunday when it battles five-time defending champion Northwestern at Unitas Stadium.
Maryland is 9-5 in NCAA title games dating back to 1984 but is seeking its first championship since 2001. That season, current head coach Cathy Reese was a Terrapin assistant and current assistant Quinn Carney was a senior midfielder.
Of the Terps' 14 NCAA championship contests, seven have been one-goal matches, including three of its five losses.
This is only the second time Maryland will face Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps dropped the Wildcats, 11-7, in the NCAA quarterfinals in 1986.
MARYLAND AND THE NCAA TOURNAMENT BY THE NUMBERS
26 - Invitations to the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
58 - Games Maryland has played in the tournament (Nation-best)
9 - NCAA Championships (Nation-best)
42 - Wins in the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
6-0 - Record in overtime games in the NCAA Tournament
15 - NCAA Championship game appearances (Nation-best)
2001 - Last time the Terps earned top seed and the year of its last national title
9-5 - Maryland's record in championship games of the NCAA Tournament (since 1984)
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Seeking its sixth consecutive national championship, Northwestern heads into Sunday's highly-anticipated match-up with a 20-1 record. It's only loss came late in the season when it fell to North Carolina at home.
The Wildcats, who are coached by former Terp standout Kelly Amonte Hiller, are led in scoring by Katrina Dowd, who boasts 109 points on 77 goals and 32 assists. Dowd joined Terp midfielder Caitlyn McFadden on this summer's gold medal winning U.S. World Cup squad.
The Terps will also face one of the tallest players in the nation in 6-foot-2 Danielle Spencer. Spencer leads the Wildcats with 105 draw controls and is third in goals with 57.
Maryland owns the all-time series, 6-4, but has only faced Northwestern two times since 1992.
2007 - Northwestern 12, Maryland 7
2006 - Northwestern 13, Maryland 8
1991 - Maryland 18, Northwestern 6
1990 - Maryland 14, Northwestern 12 (OT)
1989 - Maryland 8, Northwestern 7
1988 - Northwestern 7, Maryland 6
1987 - Northwestern 9, Maryland 8
1986 - Maryland 11, Northwestern 7 (NCAA Quarterfinals)
1986 - Maryland 11, Northwestern 6
1985 - Maryland 17, Northwestern 5
Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden, Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
McFadden's 47-game point scoring streak ranks 9th in the nation, while Johnson and Mollison's 44-game version is tied for 11th. Johnson also boasts the second-longest goal scoring streak after scoring in all 44 games she has appeared in as a Terp.
THE 200-POINT CLUB
With seven points against George Mason, senior Caitlyn McFadden joined Maryland's prestigious 200-point club for her career.
The four-year starter is currently sixth all-time with 256 points. Former Maryland great Jen Adams leads the way with 445 career points, the most in NCAA women's lacrosse history. Maryland assistant coach Quinn Carney is fourth with 272, while head coach Cathy Reese is 12th with 217.
MCFADDEN DISHES `EM OUT
Maryland senior captain Caitlyn McFadden is currently fifth all-time in career assists with 109.
The reigning IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year is only one-shy of cracking the top three and tying current Terp assistant coach Quinn Carney (110) for third.
JOHNSON IN ELITE COMPANY
Maryland sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson has now landed on the single-season goal leader list twice in her young collegiate career.
The two-time Tewaaraton nominee and All-ACC honoree boasted the third-most in program history with 74 scores as a rookie and has tallied 66 in her sophomore campaign. She is one of only three players in Maryland annals to dot the list more than once, joining Kelly Coppedge (2) and Jen Adams (3).
MCFADDEN NAMED HONDA AWARD FINALIST
Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden was named as a Honda Award finalist, announced Thursday.
The senior also recently garnered IWLCA Regional All-America honors for the third-straight year and was tabbed WomensLax.com National Midfielder of the Year.