April 14, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland Terrapins (11-1) embark on their 10th contest against a ranked team this season when they travel to Homewood Field to take on No. 20 Johns Hopkins (8-3) in a televised doubleheader with the Blue Jays. Maryland's three-game week culminates in Saturday's match-up, which will be the Terps' first television appearance of the year. The Maryland/Hopkins doubleheader will be broadcast on WMAR-Channel 2 in Baltimore and starts at 5:30 p.m. with the women's game. The doubleheader closes with a pivotal men's match-up between head coach Dick Edell's No. 7 men's lacrosse squad (7-2) and the No. 8 Blue Jays (4-3). The women's match-up is only the second-ever between Johns Hopkins, which is enjoying its first week in the IWLCA poll this season, and Maryland. The Terps' last meeting with Johns Hopkins was April 28, 1979. Maryland topped the Blue Jays 17-1.
Scouting Johns Hopkins
The Saturday match-up between No. 1 Maryland and No. 20 Johns Hopkins will be only the second-ever in series history. The Blue Jays are 8-3 overall, and are lead by Jamie Larrimoro (40g, 8a) and Danielle Moschuci (34g, 7a). The only common opponents the Terps share with Hopkins are North Carolina and Duke. The Blue Jays dropped decisions to both ACC powers, losing to North Carolina 14-6 and Duke 16-6.
The Terps' Offensive Numbers
Indisputably the most productive offense in the nation, averaging over 18 goals per game in 2000, Maryland has more than enough offensive weapons to keep any defense wondering. The Terps' offense is averaging an astounding 18.25 gpg through 12 games, a 2.45 goals per game improvement from their nation's-best 1999 average of 15.8 gpg. The Terrapins most potent weapons include attack Jen Adams (Marino, Australia), who leads the nation in points and goals, as well as Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.), who are both in the Top 20 nationally in points per game. Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) each have added over 20 goals this season to round out the Terps' offensive punch.
Leading Scorer Jen Adams
Maryland's Jen Adams leads the nation in scoring and goals with 81 points on 48 goals and 33 assists. The Australia native comes into the Hopkins game off a 13-point effort through two games this week, and tallied a school record-tying 11-point outing against Harvard on March 30. She also scored eight-points against then-No. 4 James Madison on April 1. This season, Adams' astounding totals have also been highlighted by an eight-point day against Old Dominion (3/25), an 18-point stretch the week of March 7-12, including a six-goal game against Syracuse (3/12), and an eight-point game against ACC rival Virginia (3/14).
Adams' Single-Season Numbers
Junior Jen Adams is looking to make some more noise on the Maryland single-season charts this season, after etching her name at the top of the single-season goals chart last year with 71. Adams also ended last year with 46 assists, marking the second-highest single-season total, two behind Terp legend Kelly Amonte's 1996 total of 48. Her 1999 point-total of 117 was also a Maryland record for the Australia native.
So what does all of this mean? Well, she's poised to do it again. With four games remaining (not counting any postseason or ACC tournament action), Adams has 48 goals (six away from the No. 10 single-season spot), 33 assists (already No. 6 on the single-season assists chart), and 81 points (tying Allison Comito for the No. 9 spot on the single-season points chart).
Comito Bringing The Goals
Junior Allison Comito, who was hot again for the Terps against Brown on Tuesday, scoring four times and adding two assists. Comito is the Terps' second-leading scorer with 36 goals and 17 assists. Her 53 points in 2000 are more then halfway to her 1999 total of 81 points. She ranked 11th nationally last week in points per game with 4.50. Her big game this year came on March 12 against Syracuse when she netted six goals and two assists for an eight-point day.
Carney Turning the Assist-Meter
If Jen Adams provides the scoring in general, and Allison Comito is responsible for goals, junior Quinn Carney has been the one to distribute the ball and record the assists for the Terps this season. Carney, who takes the draw for Maryland, has 24 feeds this year and ranks fifth in the nation at 2.00 assists per game. Carney can hit the goal, as well, as demonstrated by her five-goal explosion vs. Dartmouth (3/21) and four goal effort against Brown (4/10). She has 24 assists for the season, an average of two a game, and has a 4.33 ppg average.
Carney's Scoring Streak
Terrapin junior Quinn Carney has extended her scoring streak to 40 games after the win over Georgetown on Thursday. Her streak began on April 23, 1998, when she totaled one assist in the Terps' 16-7 win at William & Mary. The last time Carney was held scoreless was April 11, 1998, against UNC in the 1998 ACC Semifinals.
Carney On the Assists List
After her two assists against Georgetown, Quinn Carney has moved to No. 8 with 64 career assists. terp assistant Sarah Forbes sits at No. 9 with 63, while teammate Christie Jenkins is tenth on Maryland's all-time career assists list with 62. Kristin Sommar now stands at 58 for her career, just four away from joining the list at No. 10.
Jenkins Turning It On
Christie Jenkins has asserted herself once again this season as an important part of the Terps' offense. The senior tri-captain has gone from a 2. 4 ppg average in the first five games to a 3.9 ppg average in the past seven games, including two six-point games against Harvard (3/30) and James Madison (4/1), and two five-point efforts against Virginia (3/14) and Old Dominion (3/25). A 1999 first-team All-American, she is Maryland's fourth-leading scorer this season rounding out the top four on an offense that averages 18.25 goals per game.
The Jenkins' Scoring Streak
Maryland tri-captain Christie Jenkins is riding a 45-game scoring streak after the Brown game. The last time the midfielder was held scoreless was on March 31, 1998, against Temple. She has 200 career points, and has moved into seventh on Maryland's career points list.
Jenkins Career Numbers
Christie Jenkins moved up to No. 9 on the career-goals list at Maryland with 138 with her two goals against Georgetown. Jenkins is up to 62 career assists- good enough for No. 10 on that all-time list. Jenkins' career total of 200 points is also good enough for seventh on Maryland's career points list, 17 points behindTerp assistant coach Cathy Nelson, who has 217 points.
The Terps on the NCAA Charts
Not only do the Terrapins own the most productive offense in the NCAA, Maryland has the No. 1 and No. 11 scorers in the nation in Jen Adams and Allison Comito, as well as the nation's top scoring margin and winning percentage. Four individuals are ranked nationally for the Terps, with Adams topping last week's points chart with a 6.8 points per game average, sitting third in goals per game (4.10), and second in assists per game (2.70).
Comito is 11th nationally in points per game, averaging 4.50 in 10 games, and 18th in assists per game with 1.50. Quinn Carney, averaging 4.10 points per game before this week, and ranks 18th. Carney is also tied for fifth nationally in assists with an even 2.0 goals per game average.
As a team, the Terps are tops in scoring offense (18.50) and scoring margin (9.90). Maryland was also tied for first with Delaware and Princeton for winning percentage at .900 entering the week.
Maryland in the Polls
This week marks the Terps' fifth straight week at the top of the IWLCA poll this year. Maryland has been the No. 1 team in the nation for 15 consecutive polls, dating back to the final rankings of 1998 when the Terps' captured their fourth-straight NCAA title.
The Terps Vs. Ranked Teams
No. 1 Maryland plays one of the toughest schedule in Division I women's lacrosse, and has already faced nine ranked opponents this year for a 8-1 record against foes ranked in the IWLCA poll. The Terps are 4-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 5, with wins over then-No. 2 Duke on March 3 (14-10), then-No. 4 Virginia on March 14 (17-8), then-No. 4 James Madison (24-15) on April 1, and then-5 Georgetown (16-6) on April 13. Maryland's only loss to a Top 5 opponent, or any opponent for that matter, was its 14-13 triple overtime loss to then-No. 5 North Carolina. The Terps' are 8-1 against ranked opponents, and hold a 6-1 advantage over Top 10 foes, outscoring those opponents by an average of 6.92 goals per game.
Lacrosse Power Ratings (4/13/00)
Sommar Turns It On
After starting the season with 12 goals in the first nine games, senior tri-captain Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.) led the Terps with an outstanding seven-goal performance against No. 4 James Madison (4/1) to boost her season total to 19 goals in just one game. Sommar's seven goals marked a career-high for her as well as a team-high this season for the Terps. She added another two against both Brown and Georgetown and has 23 goals and 11 assists this season.
Martinez Returns For Terps
After sitting out for five games with nagging injuries, midfielder Courtney Martinez (Towson, Md.) played some key minutes for Maryland in its 24-15 victory over James Madison and even got back into the starting lineup vs. Brown on Tuesday. Martinez had three assists against the Bears and scored her first goal of the season, and second of her career, on a free position shot against James Madison. She also received the start against Georgetown on Thursday and saw significant minutes, despite remaining scoreless.
Judd Sets New Career Marks
Freshman Sonia Judd (South Darlington, Australia) shattered all her previous career highs against Georgetown, netting two goals and adding two assists for a four-point day against the Hoyas. Hailing from the same club as Terp leading scorer Jen Adams, Judd scored both her goals and added an assist over a two minutes span at the beginning of the Terps' game with Georgetown (4/13).
Terp Career Firsts
Several Terps played in their first collegiate contest ever against Towson on March 7, with Julie Shank (Arnold, Md.) coming up with her first collegiate goal. Sonia Judd also scored the first goal of her career at the 1:53 mark of the first half.
Kristin Crawford (Arnold, Md.) continued the career firsts against Penn State on March 9, netting her first career goal, with Bridget Frand? (Ellicott City, Md.) coming up with her first Terrapin goal as well. Loyola transfer Katie Robinson (Davidsonville, Md.) and Judd also tallied their first assists ever in a Maryland uniform.
THE TERPS' OFFENSE BY THE NUMBERS
Maryland's Jen Adams is the nations' leading scorer with 48 goals and 33 assists.
Goals per game improvement for Maryland's offense in 2000. The Terps led the nation last year, averaging 15.8 goals per game, and have raised the bar to 18.25 this season.
Number of 20+ goal games by the top-ranked Terps this season, Syracuse (24) on March 12, Old Dominion (21) on March 25, Harvard (21) on March 31 and James Madison (24) on April 1.
Smallest margin of victory for the Terps this season, a 14-10 win over Duke on March 3 in the Terps' season opener.
The Terps' average margin of victory thru 12 games is +10.0 goals.
Junior Jen Adams scored 11 points against Harvard, tying the Maryland single-game record for points in a game (11) and assists in a game (6).
17 different Terps have netted goals for Maryland this season.
17 Terps have contributed at least one point to Maryland's offensive effort this season.
Largest margin of victory for the Terps this season, a 21-4 win over Old Dominion on March 25.
The Terps' goals per game average in 2000.
The offensive effort by the Terps' against James Madison was Maryland's second 24-goal effort this season. The first was on March 12 at Syracuse.
Total number of Terp goals this season.
No. 1 Maryland has 349 points thru 12 games (219 goals and 130 assists). The Old Dominion game on March 25 marked the first career minutes for Niav Hughes (Rutherford, N.J.), as well as sophomore Annie Morris' (Waltham, Vt.) first goal of the season. Robinson scored at the 14:40 mark for her first goal as a Terp. Goalies Alexis Venechanos (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Virginia Solomon (McLean, Va.) have both replaced Maryland starter Alex Kahoe in limited time this season. Venechanos saw her first career action against Towson on Mar. 7, while Solomon saw her first collegiate minutes against Penn State on Mar. 9.
Adams ACC Player of the Week
Maryland's Jen Adams was named the ACC women's lacrosse Player of the Week for the second week in a row after a nine-point outing against ACC rival Virginia on March 14. Adams netted four goals and added five assists in Maryland's 17-8 win over the Cavs. Adams also received the conference honor for the week of March 6-12 for her 18-point effort in a three-win week for the Terps. The junior attacker scored 15 goals and added three assists in wins over unranked Towson (17-4), then- No. 10 Penn State (19-4), and then-No. 16 Syracuse (24-11).
Timchal Reaches 150 at Maryland
With the Terps' 17-4 win over Towson on March 7, Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal achieved her 150th win at the University of Maryland. Win No. 1 with the Terps came 10 years ago in a 15-4 defeat of the Richmond Spiders on March 8, 1991. The win was Timchal's coaching debut with Maryland after taking over for Sue Tyler, who had served a cumulative 16 seasons at the helm for the Terps.
Terps Reach Program Win 350
When No. 1 Maryland took down No. 2 Duke on March 3, the win was Maryland's 350th in the program's 26-year history. Overall, Maryland carries a 360-81-3 record into the Johns Hopkins game.
TOP THREE TERPS GAME-BY-GAME
|at North Carolina||3||1||4|
|vs. Penn State||4||0||4|
|vs. Old Dominion||5||3||8|
|vs. Harvard||5||6 *||11 *|
|at James Madison||5||3||8|
|at North Carolina||1||3||4|
|at James Madison||1||2||3|
|at North Carolina||2||1||3|
|at James Madison||3||3||6|