No. 4 Maryland Heads To No. 7 UNC For ACC Women's Lax Matchup

April 14, 2006

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The fourth-ranked Maryland Terrapin women's lacrosse team, fresh off a victory over previously unbeaten Johns Hopkins, returns to ACC play on the road at No. 7 North Carolina. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

    The Terps enter Sunday's game with a record of 10-4 (1-2 ACC), while UNC comes into the game with a record of 10-3 (3-1 ACC).

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    Maryland leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 11-5, including last season's win in Chapel Hill. The Terps have won four straight in the series with the Tar Heels.

    A Glance Ahead: The Terps will conclude ACC regular season play on April 22 at 1 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., against conference newcomer Boston College.

    Pellizzi ACC Player Of The Week
    Krista Pellizzi was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week after leading the Terrapins to a 1-1 week against a pair of top five opponents. Pellizzi, who shared the honor with Duke's Katie Chrest, becomes the third different Terrapin to win the honor in as many weeks.
    • Last week, Kelly Kasper shared the accolade, and the previous week Delia Cox was honored by the league.
    • Pellizzi led all scorers with seven points on four goals and three assists to help Maryland defeat No. 2 Johns Hopkins. She tallied an important goal, the eventual game-winner, late in the second half halting a Blue Jay 4-0 run just seconds after Johns Hopkins pulled to within one of the lead. Against No. 5 Georgetown, Pellizzi once again led all scorers with three goals and an assist.

    Terp Tidbits
    • The Terps have won seven of their last eight games and are 3-1 against ranked opponents in that span.
    • Maryland has scored double-digit goals in the last eight games.
    • All of Maryland's losses this season have come to teams ranked in the top five.
    • The Terps have scored 128 goals over the last seven games (15.8 per game). During that span, Krista Pellizzi and Katie Doolittle have each netted the most goals for the Terps with 26. The Maryland defense has been equally as impressive in the last six games allowing only 66 goals (8.15 per game).
    • With her 12 saves against Georgetown and eight against Johns Hopkins, Allie Buote now has 112 on the season. The sophomore had just 10 saves in limited action last season.
    Krista Pellizzi had 34 career points (23g, 11a) in two seasons as a Terrapin. This season she has 58 points (36g, 22a).
    • The Terps have five players with 30 or more points. Four players have double-digit assists on the year.
    • Maryland is 3-3 vs. ranked opponents this year.
    • The Terps improved play over the last seven games can be attributed to a better job on draw controls. In Maryland's sluggish 3-3 start, the Terps were winning less than 50 percent of the draws (61 out of 126). However, over the last eight games, Maryland has won nearly 60 percent of the draws (125 out of 212). Kelly Kasper has helped in that area, coming down with 34 draws in those eight games (4.25 draws per game).
    • The Maryland defense has only given up double-digit goals four times this season.
    • Maryland is the only team to have three players ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in goals per game (Cox, Pellizzi, Kasper), and four players in the top 10 in assists (Pellizzi, Cox, Magor, Kasper).
    Kelly Kasper has proven she can make plays all over the field for the Terps. She is among the top three on the team in six different statisical categories (goals, assists, points, draw controls, groundballs and caused turnovers). As of April 10, she leads the ACC and is eighth in the country in caused turnovers per game (2.14).

    Last Year vs. Carolina
    • Maryland raced out to an 8-2 halftime lead and withstood a second half run by No. 6 North Carolina to upend the Tar Heels, 14-7, at Henry Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Delia Cox led all scorers with four goals and one assist to help the Terps to their first regular season win over UNC at Chapel Hill since 1996.
    Annie Collins and Katie Doolittle each recorded hat tricks for the Terps, and Krista Pellizzi chipped in a goal and two assists to help pace the offense. Christina Juras had four goals to lead the Tar Heels.

    Scouting The Tar Heels
    • North Carolina enters Saturday's game with a record of 10-4 and 3-1 in the ACC. The Tar Heels defeated Old Dominion 14-6, on Wednesday.
    • The Tar Heels have a balanced offense with seven players scoring with at least 10 goals, and eighteen different players have scored at least one goal on the year. Stephanie Scurachio leads the team with 23 goals and 10 assists.
    • Carolina features one of the nation's top defenses, anchored by midfielder Jenn Cook and goalie Kristen Hordy. Cook is second on the team in caused turnovers (16) and groundballs (31), and Hordy leads the ACC in goals-against average (7.09) and save percentage (56.4).

    Tale of the Tape
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    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 having strong campaigns in 2006. Cox leads the team with 57 points on 39 goals and 18 assists through seven games. Her 18 assists are already a career best for a season.
    • Kasper has 51 points on 33 goals and 18 assists. She also leads the team and the ACC in caused turnovers with 30.

    Moving On Up
    Delia Cox has scored 157 goals in her career, and she now needs just four more goals to crack Maryland's top six in that category.
    • With seven more points, she will become just the 12th person in Terrapin history to reach the 200-point mark.

    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 (1st) Virginia (3rd), Maryland (4th) and North Carolina (7th).
    • 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).