Feb. 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The sixth-ranked Terps women's lacrosse team heads home this weekend for its first contest of the 2009 season at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex when it battles Massachusetts at noon on Saturday.
Maryland (1-0) defeated Richmond on the road last Sunday, highlighted by an offensive outburst of 17 goals, including five from freshman Karri Ellen Johnson.
The first 500 fans at Saturday's contest will receive a 2009 Maryland Women's Lacrosse poster. All UMCP faculty and staff can receive up to 4 FREE tickets to the game with proof of a valid UMCP ID. Tickets can be picked up starting Monday, February 16th and ending at the close of Comcast Center Ticket Office business hours on Friday, February 20th. Tickets for Maryland women's lacrosse contests are $6 for adults and $4 for youth under 17 and senior citizens. Group sales are available.
The Terps remain at home for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Duke next Saturday at noon.
Traffic on the University of Maryland campus will be heavier than normal Saturday with five events scheduled to take place in the afternoon.
Parking for the Maryland/UMass women's lacrosse game will be designated to Lot XX1 or Lot 1 with shuttle service (free) or Regents Drive Garage ($5).
TERPS AIM FOR 20th CONSECUTIVE DANCE
Maryland returns hungry for a championships this season, aiming to land a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2009.
The Terps ended the 2008 campaign with its highest win total since 2003 (18 wins) and suffered only three losses on the year, including one in the ACC Tournament and the other in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Maryland returns four starters from a year ago, including All-American Caitlyn McFadden. Other returning starters include midfielder Amanda Spinnenweber and defenders Katie Gallagher and Karissa Taylor.
Maryland women's lacrosse fans will need to get accustomed to a few new faces this season, as the Terps added seven to its roster in 2009.
Six freshman and one sophomore transfer newly dot the roster.
Below is a quick rundown of this year's newbies:
#27 Brittany Poist * Sophomore * D
- led the nation in caused turnovers as a freshman at Louisville
- tenth in the country in ground balls with 54
- Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner while enrolled at North Carroll High School
#5 Grace Gaeng * Freshman * M
- two-sport standout (lax and soccer) at John Carroll HS in Bel Air
- also played lacrosse for the Skywalkers
#8 Kristy Black * Freshman * M
- set Glenelg career records with 172 goals, 143 assists, 315 points and 221 draw controls
- All-American, Toyota Girl's High School All-Tewaarton, and Under Armour All-American
#18 Karri Ellen Johnson * Freshman * A
- won World Championship with U-19 women's lacrosse national team
- high school Tewaarton winner in 2007
#21 Mary Jordan * Freshman * G
- team MVP, All-Galaxy and Under Armour All-American at St. Mary's HS
- also played four years with CCLAX
#22 Elizabeth Hamilton * Freshman * D
- excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey as a prep athlete at Roland Park Country
- first team All-City in lacrosse in 2007 and 2008
#43 Brittany Dipper * Freshman * G
- four-time first team All-Olympic Conference selection
- All-New Jersey pick as a senior and member of U-19 N.J. National Team
TERPS DROP RICHMOND, 17-6
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals and the sixth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team opened up the 2009 campaign with win, defeating Richmond, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium.
Johnson led all players with five goals and five draw controls while Mollison had a career-high three assists. The Jones sister (Brittany and Brandi) tandem combined for seven points on five goals and two assists. Katie Gallagher and Brittany Poist led the Maryland defense with three groundballs a piece.
JOHNSON PICKS UP AWARD AFTER STRONG SHOWING V. RICHMOND
Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson started off what looks to be an illustrious career with the Terps with a five-goal showing in a win against Richmond.
For her efforts, the attacker picked up WomensLax.com's Rookie of the Week award, the first to be distributed this season.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEWOMEN
UMass fell at Holy Cross, 11-7, Tuesday, in its first match of the 2009 season. Holly Drown and Merritt Cosgrove each had two goals to lead the Minutewomen attack.
UMass returns 10 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad that went 7-11 overall and 4-3 in A-10 play.
The Minutewomen are coached by Maryland alums Alexis Venechanos and Acacia Walker.
Senior Kelly Kasper scored a career high six goals as the No. 6 Maryland women's lacrosse team beat Massachusetts, 18-7, in the Terrapins' season opener on February 23, 2008 at McGuirk Stadium. Then-sophomore Caitlyn McFadden also recorded career highs in goals and points with four and five, respectively.
The Terps are a perfect 6-0 against UMass all-time.
Last 6 Meetings:
February 23, 2008 at UMass - MARYLAND, 18-7
March 22, 1990 at Maryland - MARYLAND, 15-4
1989 at Maryland - MARYLAND, 8-4
April 22, 1988 at UMass - MARYLAND, 7-6
March 29, 1987 at Maryland - MARYLAND, 14-5
April 19, 19841 at Maryland - MARYLAND, 9-3
1 - NCAA Tournament
TOPPING THE CHARTS - TERPS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 24 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 21st appearance in the postseason.
Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (51) and has the most wins with a 37-15 record. Virginia is second in games played with 46 while Princeton has 29 wins which is second.
The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is five more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first four national titles the last four seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 495 and also boast the top winning percentage (.801).
Saturday will be a homecoming for UMass head coach Alexis Venechanos and associate head coach Acacia Walker.
Venechanos graduated in 2003 from Maryland where she won a pair of national championships and was voted National Goalie of the Year (2003).
Walker graduated in 2005 where she helped the Terps to an NCAA Semifinal appearance and was named a IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse First-Team All-American in 2005. Wallker will accompany Caitlyn McFadden on the U.S. World Cup Team this summer in Prague.
MCFADDEN LANDS ON U.S. WORLD CUP TEAM
Maryland junior Caitlyn McFadden was one of 18 players selected to compete for the United States in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup from June 17-27 in the Czech Republic. The team was selected following the Champion® Challenge event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the first weekend in February.
McFadden, who boasted All-American honors as a sophomore, is one of six current collegiate players to be named to the team. The junior from Phoenix, Md., tallied 27 goals and 27 assists a year ago.
In addition to McFadden, former Terp Acacia Walker was also named to the team. Walker played for the Terps from 2002-05 and was a two-time All-American. Walker is currently the associate head coach at UMass. Current Maryland assistant coach and former Terp standout Quinn Carney was named as an alternate. Carney was a four-time national champion and two-time All-American for the Terps. She was a member of the U.S. World Cup champion squad in 2001 and then earned a silver medal in 2005, where she was named to the All-World Team.
MOLLISON AND MERRIFIELED SELECTED TO PLAY IN WORLD CUP
Sophomores Sarah Mollison and Laura Merrifield will compete for the Australian and English national teams, respectively, at this summer's International Federation of Lacrosse World Cup in Prague.
Mollison, a sophomore from Melbourne, was one of the youngest members of the 2005 Australian World Cup team that won the championship. Mollison has won seven Australian championships as a member of the U-21 and U-17 Victorian junior national teams. As a Terrapin, the midfielder racked up eight goals and six assists in her rookie campaign in 2008. She also tallied seven groundballs and a pair of draw controls in 18 games played.
Merrifield, a sophomore from Hertfordshire, played in 17 contests last season. The midfielder notched 10 goals and one assist with two draw controls and six caused turnovers. She was a member of the U-19 All-World Team and a co-captain of the U-19 England squad.
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES
Just as so many Terps have done in the past, this season the torch has been passed down to yet another group of players looking to keep Maryland women's lacrosse front and center in the national spotlight.
The Terps benefited from a plethora of senior leadership last season, including Tewaarton finalists Dana Dobbie and Kelly Kasper. Dobbie captured ACC Player of the Year honors as a junior and a senior, while Kasper exited Maryland as one of its most prolific players, ranking fifth in assists and seventh in points all-time. Dobbie and Kasper were two-time and three-time All-Americans, respectively.
Caitlyn McFadden is poised to be the next in line of Terp greats, already notching All-ACC and All-America honors as a sophomore. The junior midfielder is a preseason All-American by WomensLax.com this season.
2009 CAPTAINS NAMED
Head coach Cathy Reese and the Maryland women's lacrosse team named Caitlyn McFadden, Amanda Spinnenweber and Karissa Taylor captains for the 2009 season.
The announcement comes on the cusp of McFadden being tabbed to the 2009 U.S. World Cup Team, which will compete in the Czech Republic this summer. The junior is the Terps top returner this season after notching 27 goals and 27 assists for a Maryland squad that finished 18-3 in 2008. McFadden earned All-America honors in addition to landing on the All-ACC team.
Spinnenweber is also a returning starter and is poised to make an increased impact in the midfield this season. The junior from Pasadena, Md., netted 18 goals and dished out three assists a year ago and appeared in 17 games as a freshman.
Taylor is one of the top returning defenders for Maryland this season after starting in all 20 games as a sophomore in 2008. The Easton, Md.-native tallied 26 groundballs and 20 draw controls last season.
TERPS TAKE ON TOUGH SLATE
The Maryland women's lacrosse team has once again assembled a challenging slate for the 2009 season as the Terps face seven teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Maryland will be tested early, taking on two ACC foes in its first four contests when the Terps face Duke Feb. 28 and Virginia March 6.
The Terps return to the Maryland area with matches at Georgetown March 11, in College Park against New Hampshire March 15, and at Towson March 24 before heading to the annual ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio to battle Penn State and Ohio State. Maryland also welcomes Boston College and Stanford in the month of March and heads to James Madison March 27.
Maryland gets back to conference play with a contest against North Carolina at home on April 11 and continues the home stand with a game three days later against Johns Hopkins on April 14. Both squads will help prep Maryland for the 2009 ACC Tournament April 23-26 at Virginia Tech. Prior to NCAA Tournament time, the Terps will play Princeton at home May 2.
MARYLAND DOMINATES ENGLAND IN EXHIBITION
The Terps went on a tear to kick off Tuesday's game against England, notching ten goals in the first half en route to a 16-3 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Karri Ellen Johnson shined for Maryland in her first action in College Park, tallying five goals and an assist to lead the Maryland attack.
Brandi Jones added a pair of scores and three assists while Alex Mavris and Karissa Taylor each scored twice.
Freshman Mary Jordan surrendered only three goals in her first action and tallied three saves.
Caityln McFadden, Brittany Jones, Alexcia Niumatalolo, Abby Caso and Helen McCutcheon all found their way on the scoreboard as well, scoring a goal apiece.
Maryland won the draw control battle 13-5, while out-shooting England, 31-10.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Maryland is 17-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese the past two seasons.
Maryland was a perfect 9-0 in College Park in 2007, going 5-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, 3-0 at Ludwig Field, and 1-0 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland saw its home winning streak hault at 17 games when they fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals to end the 2008 season.
The Terps, now in their third season under the guidance of Cathy Reese, have won all three games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past two seasons and have done it in three different locations.
The Terps are 157-15 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 10 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.