May 11, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-seeded Maryland will play host to Navy in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday at noon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (18-1), despite seeing its 28-game winning streak come to a halt at Dartmouth its last time out, managed to scoop up its second consecutive No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Terrapin defense has been nothing short of superb, holding 18 of the 19 opponents on the 2011 slate to 10 or fewer goals. Sarah Mollison continues to be a point-tallying machine for the Terps, racking up 84 on 44 goals and 40 assists.
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TOURNEY TERPS - BY THE NUMBERS
For the second consecutive year, Maryland has been awarded the top seed in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The defending national champions will battle Navy in first round action on Saturday. The Terps topped Marist, 20-5, in the opening round of the tournament last season.
27 - Invitations to the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
59 - Games played in the tournament (Nation-best)
10 - NCAA Championships (Nation-best)
43 - Wins in the NCAA Tournament (Nation-best)
15 - NCAA Championship game appearances (Nation-best)
THREE'S COMPANY - 2011 ACC CHAMPIONS
Using an explosive second half, No. 1 Maryland dropped North Carolina, 12-7, en route to its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship crown.
Senior Laura Merrifield garnered championship Most Valuable Player honors after netting a game-high five goals and helping guide a stellar defense that allowed one of the nation's top offenses a mere one goal in the second half. Katie Schwarzmann, Sarah Mollison and Beth Glaros all added two goals as the Terps tallied its league-best eighth championship.
In addition to Merrifield, senior Katie Gallagher, junior Brittany Dipper, Mollison and Schwarzmann were all tabbed to the all-tournament team. It is Dipper's third straight appearance on the team. Gallagher led the Terrapin defense with a game-high three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Navy (15-5) won the NCAA play-in game against Quinnipiac to advance to the first round Saturday.
Former Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal, now in her fourth season at the helm of the Navy program, won eight NCAA titles with the Terps, including a stretch of seven straight.
The Mids rely heavily on Jasmine DePompeo, who boasts 56 goals and 42 assists. DePompeo is also shooting at a stellar .583 clip.
Navy has a fairly high-powered attack, averaging 13.45 goals per game. The defense is surrendering 9.25 scores per match. Navy has utilized three different goalkeepers this season.
This is the first meeting between the two programs.
SIX TERPS LAND ALL-ACC HONORS
The Maryland women's lacrosse team placed a league-best six players on the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Brittany Dipper, Katie Gallagher, Karri Ellen Johnson, Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann all garnered honors for the undefeated Terps.
Johnson and Mollison are three-time honorees while Merrifield and Schwarzmann earned the nod for the second time in their careers.
THE 100/100 CLUB
Sarah Mollison became the seventh player in Maryland history to notch 100 goals and 100 assists for her career earlier this season. She is one of only two active players nationally to boast membership in the exclusive club.
Currently, the Aussie has 141 goals and 114 assists. She is seventh all-time in points with 255. Below is a list of 100/100 club members:
Jen Adams - 267 g, 178 a
Kelly Amonte - 187 g, 132 a
Quinn Carney - 162 g, 110 a
Judy Dougherty - 143 g, 106 a
Kelly Kasper - 134 g, 102 a
Caitlyn McFadden - 149 g, 110 a
Sarah Mollison - 141 g, 114 a - current
Freshman Beth Glaros has proved to be a valuable addition to the Terps' roster. She has filled in for several different integral starters this season, including Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones and Laura Merrifield.
Joining fellow classmate Jen Mendez and sophomores Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust as offensive starters, Maryland's youth movement has accounted for 107 of the Terps' 282 goals in 2011.
MOJO BABY, YEAH!
Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson have been one of the most dominating tandems in the game this season.
Johnson boasts 39 goals while Mollison has dished a Terp-best 40 assists.
The pair is already etched in Maryland history, each ranking among the top five in career goals and career assists.
Of Johnson's 39 goals this season, 13 have come via an assist from Mollison.
MERRI - LAND
After suffering from shingles at the beginning of the 2011 season, Laura Merrifield has stepped up her offensive game as of late.
The senior is averaged three goals per game in the month of April.
She netted a season-high five goals in the title contest against UNC while capturing ACC Championship Most Valuable Player honors.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Maryland has had a myriad of players lead the squad in scoring each game - 11 different combinations to be exact.
Below is a breakdown of the Terps top goal-scorers in each game this season.
Richmond, Boston College - Johnson
Delaware, Duke - Johnson/Schwarzmann
PSU - Mollison/Schwarzmann/Black
Virginia, JMU, Princeton, UNC (ACC) - Merrifield
Syracuse, Boston College (ACC) - Mollison
George Mason - Trentzsch
Stony Brook - Jones
Towson - Johnson/Mollison
Penn, Georgetown, Dartmouth - Schwarzmann
UNC - Schwarzmann/Merrifield
Virginia Tech - Kirk/Mollison
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 48-1 at home under fifth-year head coach Cathy Reese.
The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past four seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 188-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 12 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
During head coach Cathy Reese's five-year tenure at the helm of the Maryland program, the Terps are averaging nearly 15 goals per game.
The Terps are also outscoring opponents by an average of 136.6 goals per year.
COLLEGE PARK - STREAK CITY
Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each possess scoring streaks which rank among the best nationally.
Mollison boasts a string of 64 consecutive games with either an assist or a goal. Johnson has scored a point in all 56 games she has appeared in since her arrival as a freshman.
The Maryland defense has allowed an opponent to score more than 10 goals only three times in the last 30 games.
The Terps surrendered 13 scores at North Carolina April 10, 2010 - their last loss - and gave up 11 to Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland allotted Duke 11 scores this season.
The Terps are giving up an average of 6.74 goals per game in 2011 including holding No. 16 Penn State and George Mason to two goals - a feat not done by Maryland since 2003.
Maryland won 28 straight games prior to falling in its regular season finale against Dartmouth.
The Terps defeated their opponents by an average of 8.46 goals per game during the streak. Maryland outscored its opposition 418-181 and tallied 14.9 goals per game in the 28-game span.
No. 1 TALLIES No. 100
Sarah Mollison found favorite target Karri Ellen Johnson with 1:01 remaining in the first half against James Madison March 26 to pick up her 100th career helper.
The senior became only the seventh player in Maryland history to hit the century mark for assists.
She is currently the active leader in career assists nationally.
Maryland boasts the top scoring margin (8.1) and total points (409) nationally. The Terps also rank second in scoring defense (6.74), fifth in scoring offense (14.84).
Sarah Mollison is fifth in total assists and ranks fifth in points. Brittany Dipper is first in goals against average.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Maryland has held two opponents to two goals this season - a feat that has not been done since 2003.
The Terps' 19-point win over George Mason is the highest margin of victory for the Terps since a 24-5 win against Johns Hopkins in April of 2001.
Maryland has four players on this year's Tewaaraton Watch List, including senior Sarah Mollison, juniors Karri Ellen Johnson and Brittany Dipper and sophomore Katie Schwarzmann.
The watch list will eventually be whittled down two more times until the top ten finalists are named in May.
Caitlyn McFadden became Maryland's second Tewaaraton award winner last season.
WHAT A RIDE...
Maryland captured its 10th NCAA crown when it staged an incredible comeback from a 6-0 deficit against five-time defending champion Northwestern in the national title game to conclude the 2010 season.
It was Maryland's first NCAA title since 2001. The game was played in front a record-crowd totaling nearly 10,000 people.
GALLAGHER RETURNS FOR DEFENSE
After serving a redshirt season during Maryland's run to the national title in 2010, Katie Gallagher returns to action in 2011 to help rejuvenate a defense that will be without the services of departing seniors Abby Caso and Karissa Taylor.
Gallagher is entering her third season as a starter and totaled 24 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls prior to her redshirt senior season in 2011.
.KEJ TABBED PRESEASON BEST
Junior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson has been named Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division I Preseason Player of the Year, announced by the publication Monday.
Johnson, a local product from Annapolis, amassed 143 goals in only two seasons in College Park. She capped last year's magical run to the program's 10th NCAA championship by scoring three times in the Terps' 13-11 win over five-time defending champion Northwestern in the NCAA final.
The two-time IWLCA All-American is currently ranked fourth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 177.
REESE RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON
Head coach Cathy Reese returns for her fifth season at her alma mater.
2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
2007, 2009, and 2010 ACC Coach of the Year
2009, 2010, 2011 ACC Champions
Coached 2008, 2007, 2009 and 2010 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, 14 All-Americans, and 21 All-ACC selections
2009 and 2010 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
Maryland boasts three players from countries outside the U.S., including captains Sarah Mollison (Australia) and Laura Merrifield (England).
A transfer from Cal-Berkley, Camilla Hayes joins Merrifield as a representative from England.
SMALLS DISHIN' IT OUT
One game into her senior season, Sarah Mollison added her name to the Maryland career assists list.
The senior from Melbourne, Australia, ranks third all-time in career helpers at Maryland with 114.
She tied a school-record for assists in a game with six in the season opener at Richmond.
Cathy Reese has named seniors Sarah Mollison, Katie Gallagher and Laura Merrifield captains for the 2011 campaign.
Mollison served as captain last year as a junior, helping lead Maryland to its first national championship since 2001. The attacker was third on the team last season with 45 goals. The Melbourne, Australia, native is a two-time All-American and returns for her third season as a starter.
Gallagher missed last season with an illness but is poised to lead the Terrapin defense in 2011. One of Maryland's strongest players, Gallagher is a three-year starter for the Terps and played a key role in the squad capturing the 2009 ACC Championship.
Merrifield has been a steady force in the midfield for Maryland since her arrival. As one of the tallest players in the country, she brings an imposing stature to the Terps' offensive scheme and also boasts the speed to allow Maryland to run its fast-paced style of play.
TERPS LAX - A FAMILY AFFAIR
Maryland freshmen Abbey Clipp and Annie Farrell have a family link to the Terps.
Clipp's sister Becky is a former All-American for the women's lacrosse program. Farrell's brother, Brian, is an All-American long pole for the Terrapin men's lacrosse unit.
THE YOUNG AND TALENTED
Four freshmen once again represented the University of Maryland well when they played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.
Brooke Griffin led all South scorers with three goals as the North edged the South.
Beth Glaros, Amalie Trentzsch and Kelsey Horton all earned starts and joined Griffin.
Horton tallied a team-high four assists on the day, including two to Griffin, while adding a goal. Glaros scooped a ground ball and the combo of Griffin and Horton gathered a combined six draw controls in the all-star action.
RED, WHITE & BLUE TERPS
When the Terps tangled with the U.S. this preseason, they were without the services of key players Katie Schwarzmann and Brittany Poist.
Schwarzmann, an IWLCA Second Team All-American and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, is in her first full season with U.S. Senior National Team. She joins her older sister, Lauren, on the squad.
Poist is also experiencing her first action with the U.S. Senior National Team. A transfer from the University of Louisville, Poist played an integral role for Maryland as a junior, helping lead the nation's top defense.
Former Terps Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden are also on the U.S. National Team.