No. 6 Maryland Takes On No. 16 Penn State Friday Night

March 23, 2006

  • ACC/ALC Tournament Central
  • Game Notes (PDF)

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapin women's lacrosse team, fresh off a 13-8 victory over No. 9 Dartmouth, returns to action this weekend for the annual ACC/ALC Challenge. The Terps will face 16th-ranked Penn State on Friday at 7:30 p.m, and will play Ohio State on Sunday at 2 p.m.

    In other action, North Carolina will play Ohio State at 5 p.m. on Friday before taking on the Nittany Lions at noon on Sunday. All games will be played at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex and can be followed online here.

    • In last year's installment, the Terps dropped a tough 13-12 decision to Penn State at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. In that game the Nittany Lions rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit. Maryland managed to bounce back against Ohio State with a second half rally of its own to win 13-8 in the final game of the tournament.

    A Glance Ahead: The Terps will continue their homestand on Friday, March 31, against Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.

    Terp Tidbits
    • The Terps three-game winning streak is the longest this season ... Maryland's win over Dartmouth was its first over a ranked opponent this season ... the Terps are 1-3 vs. ranked opponents this year.
    • Maryland has scored 53 goals in its last three games (17.7 per game). In that same time, the Terps have allowed just 20 (6.7 per game).
    Delia Cox has scored exactly three goals in six straight games. She has scored at least three goals in eight out of nine games this year.
    Allie Buote has notched double-digits in saves in the last two games, with her career high coming against Old Dominion (11).
    Kelly Kasper has proven she can make plays all over the field for the Terps. She leads Maryland this year in assists (11), draw controls (18) and caused turnovers. She is second on the team in goals (19) and points (30).
    Meghan Higgins made her first start of the season and the third of her career against Dartmouth.
    Delia Cox leads the ACC in goals (27) and points (36).

    Last Time Out
    • The sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins bounced back from an early 5-1 deficit to defeat No. 9 Dartmouth, 13-8, Tuesday afternoon at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. Delia Cox scored three goals for the sixth-consecutive game and added an assist to help lead the Terrapins past their first ranked opponent of the season.
    • Sophomore Kelly Kasper contributed a complete game with two goals, one assist, three groundballs, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Krista Pellizzi also contributed to the offensive cause with three goals on the afternoon. Maeve McKew scooped a team-high five groundballs, and Becky Clipp picked up four. In goal for the Terps, Allie Buote finished the game with 10 saves and was credited with a groundball and a caused turnover. After giving up five quick goals in the first seven minutes of the game, the Maryland defense allowed just three scores over the final 53 minutes of action.

    Cox, Kasper On Tewaaraton Watch List
    • Maryland's Delia Cox and Kelly Kasper are among the 30 players on the 2006 Tewaaraton Watch List. This preseason list highlights the players to watch, as all NCAA Division I, II and III players vie for the highest individual honor in the sport. The players on the list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions.
    • Both players are off to strong starts in 2006. Cox leads the team with 37 points on 27 goals and 10 assists through seven games. Her 10 assists are already a career best for a season.
    • Kasper has 30 points on 19 goals and 11 assists. She also leads the team in caused turnovers with 21.

    Moving On Up
    Delia Cox has scored 145 goals in her career, and she now needs just four more goals to crack Maryland's top 10 in that category. Courtney Hobbs and Sascha Newmarch are tied for 10th with 149 career goals.

    Scouting The Nittany Lions
    • Penn State enters the weekend with a 4-3 record. The Nittany Lions snapped a three-game losing streak earlier this week with a victory over Temple.
    • Shari Maslin leads PSU with 23 points on 19 goals and four assists. The Nittany Lions have six players with double-digit points. Lindsay Dutch has a team-high five assists on the year.
    • Sophomore Cammie Jurkowsky has seen the majority of the action in the cage this year for Penn State. She has a goals-against average of 8.48 and has 39 saves in six games.
    • Nearly 80 percent of Penn State's goals this year have been unassisted.
    • Maryland leads the all-time series between the two schools, 24-14-1.

    Tale of the Tape
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    ACC Power
    • With just six members, the ACC is one of the strongest leagues in the sport. Four out of the six teams are ranked in the top ten in the nation (according to the Inside Lacrosse poll), including Duke (2nd), Virginia (4th) and North Carolina (4th) and Maryland (6th).
    • In 15 of the last 16 seasons, the ACC has had at least one team in the finals (winning 11 national titles during that span).

    Tough Tests
    • The Terrapins traditionally play one of the nation's most difficult schedules, and 2006 will be no different. Eleven Maryland opponents are ranked in the most recent Inside Lacrosse poll, eight of which are in the top 10.