#4 Terps Face Virginia Tech Saturday

April 13, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 4 Maryland faces its final test before the upcoming conference championship when it plays host to Virginia Tech at noon Saturday at Ludwig Field.

Alex Aust led the Terps (12-3, 2-2 ACC) to a 15-9 victory at No. 18 Princeton Wednesday. The junior attacker tallied a career-high 10 points on four goals and six assists. Katie Schwarzmann, Brooke Griffin and Kristy Black also notched hat tricks.

Virginia Tech is 9-5 overall and notched one of the biggest wins in program history with an overtime victory against No. 7 Virginia last weekend. The Terps lead the all-time series, 8-0.

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Maryland's Probable Starters (2012 statistics)
Pos. No. Player Yr. Ht. Hometown GP/GS G A DC
A 10 Alex Aust Jr. 5-8 Sterling, Va. 15/15 31 31 2
A 8 Kristy Black Sr. 5-5 Glenwood, Md. 15/15 19 15 21
A 18 Karri Ellen Johnson Sr. 5-7 Annapolis, Md. 14/14 38 13 43
M 25 Jen Mendez So. 5-3 Catonsville, Md. 15/1 2 2 1
M 6 Kelly McPartland Fr. 5-6 Farmingdale, N.Y. 15/15 24 6 16
M 7 Katie Schwarzmann Jr. 5-4 Sykesville, Md. 15/15 47 9 30
M 11 Brooke Griffin R-Fr. 5-5 Edgewater, Md. 15/15 24 8 5
D 5 Megan Douty Fr. 5-6 Fair Haven, N.J. 15/15 1 0 12
D 15 Melissa Diepold Jr. 5-5 Baltimore, Md. 15/15 0 0 2
D 27 Shanna Brady Fr. 5-6 Smithtown, N.Y. 15/15 0 0 6
D 14 Iliana Sanza Jr. 5-5 Cockeysville, Md. 15/15 0 0 23
GK No. Player Yr. Ht. Hometown GP/GS GAA Sv. W-L
  43 Brittany Dipper Sr. 5-6 Clarksboro, N.J. 15/15 7.68 103 12-3

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Scouting The Terps
· Maryland battles Virginia Tech at noon Saturday in its final tune-up before the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship next weekend.

2012 Maryland Terrapins: 12-3, 2-2 ACC (IWLCA #4, Inside Lacrosse #5)
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· The Terps are ecstatic to have a healthy Karri Ellen Johnson back in the lineup in 2012. The senior captain and two-time IWLCA First Team All-American missed 12 games last season due to injury. She is poised to resume her vital role in Maryland's offense. Maryland will also rely on returning starters Kristy Black and Alex Aust. Black will serve as a captain in 2012 after scoring 31 goals as a junior. Aust tallied 42 points as a sophomore in her first year as a starter.

· Katie Schwarzmann, the 2011 IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist, returns to lead the Terps through the middle. Widely known as the fastest player in the nation, Schwarzmann led Maryland in goals last season with 65. Beth Glaros finished her freshman season with a bang in 2011, scoring a game-high four goals in the national title match against Northwestern. She played in all 23 games for the Terps, tallying 22 goals.

· The defense will have three new starters in 2012 after the departure of Katie Gallagher, Brittany Poist and Sara Cooper. Iliana Sanza, a second team all-region pick as a sophomore, is the lone returning starter for Maryland. While the unit will be young, don't expect it to be any less disciplined. Sanza will lead the back line as a junior and, along with four-year starter goalie Brittany Dipper, will do the majority of the organizing.

· Dipper, the 2011 IWLCA National Goalie of the Year, is back for her final season in College Park. She has been tabbed to three straight ACC championship all-tournament teams while leading Maryland to conference titles in each season since her arrival.

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Scouting The Hokies
· Virginia Tech topped Longwood its last time out and heads to College Park with a 9-5 overall record.

2012 Virginia Tech Hokies: 9-5, 1-3 ACC (IWLCA NR, Inside Lacrosse NR)
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· Senior midfielder Jessica Nonn was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week for her role in an upset win over No. 7 Virginia last Saturday. Nonn leads VT with 38 points on 28 goals and 10 assists. She also has a Hokie-best 45 draw controls.

· The Hokies are outscoring opponents by a slim 168-146 margin. VT is on a two-game winning streak after upending Virginia and Longwood its last two matches.

· Maryland leads the all-time series, 8-0. The Terps topped Tech last season, 16-8, in a game that was played in Rector Fieldhouse due to inclement weather.


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Aust Leads #4 Terps Past #18 Princeton
· Alex Aust recorded a career-high 10 points, including a school-record six assists, as #4 Maryland cruised past #18 Princeton 15-9 Wednesday.

· Aust led Maryland in goals with four and was backed up by a trio of hat tricks from Katie Schwarzmann, Kelly McPartland and Kristy Black. Brooke Griffin tallied four points on a goal and three assists.

#3 Terps Stumble at #4 North Carolina
· Katie Schwarzmann tallied four goals and Alex Aust recorded five points but a second-half rally by No. 3 Maryland fell short in a 14-11 defeat at No. 4 North Carolina Saturday.

· Schwarzmann tallied three or more goals for the 10th time this season. With three goals and two assists in the contest, Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, recorded four or more points for the fifth consecutive game. Beth Glaros added a pair of goals and Kristy Black dished three assists to help lead Maryland.

Johnson and the Climb
· With a score at 24:05 in the first half at North Carolina, Karri Ellen Johnson secured the No. 2 spot on Maryland's career goals list with 220. The Annapolis product reached the milestone despite being sidelined 12 games in 2011 due to a concussion.

· Johnson is also quietly making her ascent on the career points list, due in part to a breakout season assist-wise, boasting 13 through 14 games in 2012. She is currently fourth on the points list with 277.

Aust Electrifies
· Alex Aust is in the middle of a breakout season for Maryland, tallying a team-best 62 points in 2012.

· The junior has tallied at least three points in each of the last eight games and is averaging 6.5 points per game in Maryland's last six outings.

· She has dished a school-record six assists on two occasions this season.

Schwarzmann on the Attack
· Katie Schwarzmann, the 2011 IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist, continues to lead the Terps through the middle. Widely known as the fastest player in the nation, Schwarzmann led Maryland in goals last season with 65 and has tallied 47 through 15 games this season.

· She was the first junior to be named captain since Sarah Mollison in 2010. Schwarzmann is second on the team in points (56) and second in ground balls (25) and draw controls (30).

Aust Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week
· Maryland junior attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week last Tuesday.

·Aust, a native of Sterling, Va., played an integral role in No. 3 Maryland's two wins on the week. Aust tallied 10 assists over two games, including a school record six assists at No. 8 Penn. Aust also scored three goals against the Quakers.

Terps Kick Off Road Trip with Win at #8 Penn
· The No. 3 Maryland women's lacrosse team picked up a big road win, 14-6, at No. 8 Penn.

· Karri Ellen Johnson tied Kelly Coppedge for No. 2 on Maryland's career goals list with a game-high four goals in the match. Alex Aust continued her recent dominance with a nine-point showing via three goals and a school-record six assists.

Johnson Nabs ACC Offensive Weekly Honor
· Senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week (3/27).

· Johnson, of Annapolis, Md., accumulated six goals, eight draw controls and an assist in Maryland's two victories on the week. With a pair of goals against Richmond on Tuesday, Johnson became only the third player in Maryland women's lacrosse history to record 200 career goals.

#6 Syrcause Halts Terps Home Winning Streak
· No. 6 Syracuse edged the No. 3 Maryland women's lacrosse team 10-9 to snap the Terps' 36-game home winning streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

· Despite holding a distinct advantage in nearly every statistical category including shots in which it trumped the Orange 30-20, Maryland picked up its second loss this season. It was the first regular season loss at home in head coach Cathy Reese's six-year tenure.

· Sophomore Beth Glaros led Maryland with a hat trick and four draw controls. Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson added two goals apiece. Brittany Dipper racked up eight saves in the cage.

Schwarzmann Nabs ACC Offensive Weekly Honors
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week in mid-March.

· Schwarzmann scored six goals and tallied two assists on the week, including a hat trick against No. 6 Virginia. The junior from Sykesville, Md., also racked up two draw controls and caused a turnover to pace the Terps to their first ACC win of the year.

One Terp vs. One Team
· Four times this season, one player from Maryland has tied or outscored the Terps' opponent.

· Brooke Griffin tallied five goals against Delaware in a 21-4 rout of the Hens. Katie Schwarzmann scored six goals at No. 17 Penn State in a 16-6 victory on the road. Karri Ellen Johnson (5g) and Schwarzmann (3g), tallied the same or more goals as the Tigers against Towson.

Hat Tricks Aplenty in Win vs. No. 6 Virginia
· Karri Ellen Johnson, Kelly McPartland and Katie Schwarzmann netted hat tricks to lead No. 3 Maryland past No. 6 Virginia 12-9.

· Maryland clearly shifted its focus to winning the draw in the second half, besting the Cavaliers 10-5 in the category including several key draws down the stretch after Virginia shrunk the Terrapin lead to 8-7 with 13:12 remaining. A 3-0 run with goals from McPartland, Schwarzmann and Alex Aust in-and-around the five minute mark gave the Terps a comfortable lead for the remainder of the match.

Sanza Nets ACC Weekly Honor
· Junior Iliana Sanza was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week (2/21) for her work in wins against Delaware and No. 17 Penn State.

· The Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List nominee racked up eight draw controls over two games, while also tallying four groundballs and a caused turnover.

Milestones Galore in Delaware Win
· It was a milestone-laden day for the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team as it routed Delaware 21-4 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

·Head coach and former Terrapin All-American Cathy Reese won her 100th career game at Maryland and senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson scored career goal No. 188 to move into sole possession of third on the Terps' all-time goals list.

Lacrosse Magazine Previews 2012 Terps
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Protect This House
· Maryland is 57-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.

· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past five seasons. The Terps are 197-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.

Four Terps Tabbed to Tewaaraton Watch List
· Four Maryland players were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Watch List, the early compilation of players who will be under consideration for college lacrosse's highest individual honor.

· The Terps boasted more Tewaaraton nominees than any other program in the nation. Brittany Dipper, Karri Ellen Johnson, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to this year's list. All four were named Inside Lacrosse Preseason First Team All-Americans earlier this season.

High Octane Offense
· Maryland is averaging 14.6 goals per game through its first 15 matches this season. The Terps are outscoring opponents 219-117 this season.

· Katie Schwarzmann leads the Terps with 47 goals. Seven Terps boast double-digit goals this season, seven have tallied 18 or more scores.

Three's Company
· Maryland topped North Carolina 12-7 last season to capture its third consecutive ACC championship.

· Then-senior Laura Merrifield was named Most Valuable Player. Current Terps Brittany Dipper and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to the all-tournament team.

New-look Defense
· The Terps lost starters Katie Gallagher, Sara Cooper and Brittany Poist from last year's back line. Iliana Sanza is poised to lead the defense this season as a junior.

· Sanza was named an IL Preseason All-American after garnering all-region honors in 2011. She teams up with freshmen Megan Douty and Shanna Brady and junior Melissa Diepold to form Maryland's defensive four.

· Maryland has surrendered only 52 goals in the first half this season. The Terps held Towson scoreless in the first half in late March.

Welcome Rookies!
· Maryland boasts a large, talented class of freshman this season. A total of 10 freshmen saw their first collegiate action in the season opener.

· Nicole Aust, Shanna Brady, Erin Collins, Megan Douty, Kristen Lamon, Kelly McPartland, Mattie Meredith and Taylor Salandra join redshirt freshmen Kelsey Horton, Brooke Griffin and Abbey Clipp.

· Brady, Douty, Griffin and McPartland have started in all 15 matches in 2012.

Four Terps Tabbed Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans
· Maryland led the way with four first-team honorees on the 2012 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America list.

· Seniors Brittany Dipper and Karri Ellen Johnson and juniors Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were tabbed to the first team.

Newest Terp
· Head coach Cathy Reese and husband Brian welcomed the newest addition to the Maryland family in late January.

· Reese, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the program, gave birth to her fourth child. Braxton Jacob weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and is the third boy in the Reese brood. He joins brothers Brody and Riley and sister Cayden.

Head Coach Cathy Reese
· A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her sixth season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.

Reese Notes:
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, one Tewaaraton Award winner, four Tewaaraton finalists, 19 All-Americans, and 21 All-ACC selections
• 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010 and 2011 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
• Guided Denver to school-record 16 wins in 2006
• Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
• 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player

Dipper Back in the Cage
· Brittany Dipper tallied career-high 141 saves with an 21-2 record in the cage a year ago. She returns for her fourth year in the cage. The senior boasts 103 saves while surrendering 103 goals this season.

· Dipper, the 2011 IWLCA National Goalie of the Year, has been tabbed to three straight ACC championship all-tournament teams while leading Maryland to conference titles in each season since her arrival.

The Terps When (2012)...

Maryland Tendency
Overall Record 12-3
Home 7-1
Away 5-2
Neutral 0-0
ACC Record 2-2
Non-Conference Record 10-1
Day Games 4-2
Night Games 7-1
Leading after first half 11-0
Trailing after first half 0-2
In overtime 0-0
Maryland has more shots 11-2
Opponent has more shots 0-1
Maryland has more saves 3-1
Opponent has more saves 7-2
Maryland wins more draw controls 9-3
Opponent wins more draw controls 0-0
Maryland commits more fouls 2-1
Opponent commits more fouls 8-2
Maryland scores first 8-1
Opponent scores first 2-2
Maryland commits more turnovers 1-1
Opponent commits more turnovers 8-1
Games decided by one goal 0-2
Games decided by 2-4 goals 1-1
Games decided by 5 or more goals 10-0
Maryland scores less than 10 goals 0-2
Maryland scores 10-14 goals 5-1
Maryland scores 15-19 goals 5-0
Maryland scores 20+ goals 1-0
Opponent scores less than 10 goals 10-0
Opponent scores 10-14 goals 1-3
Opponent scores 15-19 goals 0-0
vs. top 5 ranked opponents 0-2
vs. teams ranked 6-10 2-1
vs. teams 11-20 2-0
vs. unranked opponents 6-0
During the work week 6-0
On the weekends 5-3
Games in February 3-1
Games in March 6-1
Games in April 2-1
Games in May 0-0

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