Feb. 6, 2000
College Park, Md. - Inside Lacrosse has recently selected the Maryland woman's lacrosse team as their preseason No. 1 team in the country. In addition, Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia), Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.), and Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) were also honored on Inside Lacrosse preseason first-team All-American list. Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.), Alison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.), and Kristen Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) were all honorable mention selections. Last year, the Terrapins were crowned the NCAA Champions for the fifth consecutive year.
Adams was the leading scorer for the 1999 NCAA National Champions. Her 71 goals earned her the 1999 NCAA scoring crown. Adams also added 46 assists. She received the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's National Player of the Year Award, as well as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year award from College Lacrosse USA and e-lacrosse. The Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Division I Championships, Adams also earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in only her sophomore year at Maryland. This year, she has already earned preseason first-team All-American honors from Laxpower.
A second-year captain for the Terrapins this season and another first-team selection from Laxpower, Kahoe has been the starting goalie for Maryland for the past three years, compiling a 64.3 save percentage for her career (749 saves, 417 goals against). During 1999's Championship run, she allowed only 139 goals in the Terrapins' undefeated 21-0 season. A 1999 first-team All-American, she tied her career-high 21 saves in last year's double-overtime win against Princeton, which had previously been set against Virginia in the 1998 NCAA Championship game. Her NCAA Tournament goals-against average was a mere 8.5 goals per game.
Jenkins has also started every game in her three-year career with the Terps. She joins Adams and Kahoe as a Laxpower first-team preseason All-American pick. A second-year co-captain with Kahoe, Jenkins was the 1999 ACC Player of the Year and was the team's second-leading scorer (55 goals and 30 assists). A 1999 first-team Brine/IWLCA All-American, she has 161 points (111 goals and 50 assists) for her career.
A junior midfielder, Carney was an honorable mention selection from both Inside Lacrosse and LaxPower. She enters this season with 49 goals and 40 assists to her credit. A native of Flemington, N.J., she had 45 of her 49 career goals and 27 of her 40 career assists in her 1999 breakout season. No longer one of the many well-kept secrets in head coach Cindy Timchal's arsenal, Carney was a third-team Brine/IWLCA selection last season.
Inside Lacrosse's selection of Comito was her first preseason accolade this year. Comito really came on during last year's NCAA Tournament, netting 18 goals in four games for a 4.5 goals per game average in NCAA play. The New York native has 67 career goals and 33 career assists.
Sommar, the third and final captain for the Terps this season, totaled 44 goals and 24 assists during her 1999 campaign. A two-time first-team All-American, Sommar has 67 goals and 47 assists for her Terp career. The Pennsylvania native is also a member of the U.S. Elite squad.
Maryland begins this season's action with an exhibition game against the Japan Athletic University on Feb. 29 at 4:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terrapins kick-off their regular season on the road on Fri., March 3 at Duke at 7 p.m., and Sun., March 5 at North Carolina. That game begins at 1 p.m. Maryland opens its home season on March 9 against Penn State at 3 p.m. at Ludwig Field.