May 10, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team, and the 1999 ACC champions, defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 17-6, in Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal game to advance to its 10th consecutive national championship weekend. Only once in the 1990s have the Terps not advanced to the championship game (a 7-6 loss to Princeton in the 1993 national semifinals). Maryland meets Penn State in Friday's first national semifinal game at 6 p.m., while fellow ACC foes Duke and Virginia meet in the other semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University.
RECORDS AND RANKINGS
Maryland enters Saturday's national semifinal game sporting a 19-0 record, and winners of its last 26 games, following its 17-6 win against seventh-ranked Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday. The Terps have been ranked No. 1 all eight weeks of the IWLCA poll.
Penn State enters Saturday's game with the Terps carrying a 15-4 record following its 9-7 win against the fourth-seeded Princeton Tigers. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 3 in the final IWLCA regular-season poll.
Virginia, the tournament's No. 2 seed, enters the championship weekend with a 14-5 record. The Cavaliers defeated Dartmouth, 20-8, in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The third-seeded Duke Blue Devils carry a 13-4 record against Virginia into Friday's national semifinal game. The Blue Devils defeated James Madison, 11-10, in Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal game.
Maryland has played and defeated nine of the 12 teams in this year's tournament draw.
A STORIED TRADITION
Maryland and Penn State meet for the 35th time since Maryland began playing varsity lacrosse in 1974. The Terps lead the series, 20-13-1, including a 12-8 Maryland win that opened the 1999 season. The 20 wins the Terps have collected against the Nittany Lions are the school's third highest against any opponent in school history. The Terps have a 33-2 record against James Madison and a 21-7 series lead against Virginia, respectively. The Terps and the Lions have met three times in NCAA tournament play, including a 12-7 Terp semifinal win in 1995. The Lions have never defeated the Terps in NCAA tournament play. The two teams also met for the AIAW national championship in 1978 and 1980. The Lions claimed both of those titles, including a 3-1 win in 1980. Maryland defeated Penn State, 12-8, in the first round of the AIAW National Tournament in 1981, while Penn State handed the Terps a 9-2 defeat in the EAIAW regionals in 1982.
HEAD COACH CINDY TIMCHAL
Maryland's Cindy Timchal (West Chester '76), the 1999 ACC Coach of the Year, now in her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin women's lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall, ranks among the all-time coaching greats in lacrosse history. The Pennsylvania native has guided Maryland to five national championship titles, two ACC titles, including the inaugural ACC title in 1997, and nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She has posted a 146-11 record at Maryland, and a 222-51 (.813) overall record. Timchal guided the Maryland women's lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-to-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the school's record fourth consecutive national championship.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND...
Pos No. Name
D #3 Kerri Mulligan (Has started in 19 games,24 GB, 10 CT, 4 DC)
A #7 Jen Adams (Has started in 19 games, leading scorer with 106 points,
63 goals and 43 assists, 67 GB, 44 DC)
A #9 Allison Comito (Has started in 19 games, has totaled 76 points, 51 goals,
25 assists, 52 GB, 8 CT, 14 DC)
A #11 Tori Wellington (Has started in 19 games, 10 goals, 33 GB, 18 CT, 12 DC)
A #16 Meghan McNamara (Has started in 17 games, 10 goals, 2 assists, 18 GB, 11 DC)
A #20 Quinn Carney (Has started in 19 games, 60 points, 41 goals, 19 assists,
58 DC, 45 GB)
M #10 Kristin Sommar (Has started in 18 games, 56 points, 38 goals, 18 assists,
26 CT, 28 DC, 39 GB)
M #12 Courtney Martinez (Has started in 19 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 36 GB,
19 CT, 12 DC)
M #18 Tonia Porras (Has started in 19 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 28 GB, 22 DC, 18 CT)
M #21 Christie Jenkins (Has started in 19 games, second-leading scorer with
79 points, 50 goals, 29 assists, 46 GB, 40 CT)
M #23 Meredith Egan (Has started in 19 games, 11 goals, 5 assists, 44 GB,
13 CT, 21 DC)
GK #33 Alex Kahoe (Has started in 19 games, 1135 minutes played, 213 saves,
121 goals allowed, 6.40 GAA)
Game Facts and Coverage
NCAA National Semifinal
Penn State vs. Maryland
Friday, May 14, 1999
Johns Hopkins University
NCAA National Championship
Sunday, May 16, 1999
Johns Hopkins University
Maryland Radio: WMUC Radio, 650-AM and 88.1 FM, and on the Internet at www.wmuc.umd.edu.
1999 ACC STANDINGS
as of May 10, 1999
Overall ACC Teams W L W L Maryland 19 0 3 0 Duke 13 4 1 2 Virginia 14 5 1 2 North Carolina 8 8 1 2
1999 IWLCA Top 20 Poll
April 26, 1999
1. MARYLAND 2. Virginia 3. Penn State 4. Duke 5. James Madison 6. Princeton 7. North Carolina 8. Georgetown 9. Dartmouth 10. Loyola 11. Yale 12. Rutgers 13. Delaware 14. George Mason 15. Syracuse 16. William & Mary 17. Boston U. 18. Old Dominion 19. Cornell 20. Brown
TIMCHAL IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal enters the 1999 NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in her 18-year career. While at Northwestern, Timchal took the Wildcats to the tournament five times, including three consecutive fifth-place finishes during 1986-88. A Timchal-coached Maryland team has never once missed the NCAA Tournament since her arrival in College Park in 1991. She has coached the Terps to five national championships, two runner-up titles and a third-place finish.
MARYLAND EARNS 10th CONSECUTIVE BID
Maryland earned its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, and also advances to the national championship weekend for the 10th consecutive year. It is seeking its fifth consecutive national championship title. A fifth straight title would tie Maryland for fifth place among women's teams with consecutive national titles in any sport. Before Maryland's run, no women's lacrosse team had won consecutive NCAA titles since the tournament began in 1982.
MARYLAND IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Maryland is making its 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, missing the tournament only twice (1988 and '89) in the tournament's 17-year history. Maryland captured the 1998 national championship, its fourth in as many years.
A DECADE OF CHAMPIONS
The 1990's have been crowned the most successful decade in Maryland women's lacrosse history. The Terrapins have won five national championships in the last seven years, and seven national titles in the history of the program. The seven championships are the most by any school. The Terps have reached the NCAA finals an unprecedented 15 times, including eight of the last nine years. The Terps are also the first team in women's Division I lacrosse history to win four consecutive national championships.
TERPS ENTER TOURNAMENT WITH MOST WINS
Maryland enters the 1999 NCAA Tournament sporting a 22-8 tournament record in 14 years. Its .733 winning percentage also ranks it first among other schools.
ONE GAME AT A TIME
Maryland has advanced at least as far as the NCAA semifinals in 14 of the 17 years the NCAA has sponsored the women's lacrosse championship.
SERIES HISTORY VS. DUKE
Maryland and Duke have played four times dating back to 1997 when the Blue Devils began their program. The Terps hold a 3-1 advantage with the Terps capturing the 1999 meeting on March 5, winning 8-5 in College Park.
The last Maryland loss to the Blue Devils was on March 6, 1998, when the Devils handed the Terps a 10-6 defeat in Durham.
Maryland's Series History vs. Duke (3-1) March 5, 1999 Maryland 8, Duke 5 March 6, 1998 Duke 10, Maryland 6 April 19, 1997 Maryland 14, Duke 4 March 9, 1997 Maryland 13, Duke 2
SERIES HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA
Maryland and Virginia have played 29 times dating back to 1978. The Terps hold a 21-7 advantage with the Cavaliers capturing the 1999 regular-season meeting on March 16, winning 13-3 in Charlottesville, and defeating the 'Hoos, 13-5, in the championship of the ACC Tournament.
The last Maryland loss to the Cavaliers was on March 23, 1993, when the Cavaliers handed the Terps a 11-9 defeat in Charlottesville.
Maryland's Last 10 games vs. Virginia (21-7) April 25, 1999 Maryland 13, Virginia 5 March 16, 1999 Maryland 13, Virginia 3 May 17, 1998 Maryland 11, Virginia 5 March 18, 1998 Maryland 11, Virginia 8 April 20, 1997 Maryland 11, Virginia 10 March 19, 1997 Maryland 6, Virginia 5 May 19, 1996 Maryland 10, Virginia 5 March 20, 1996 Maryland 16, Virginia 5 March 21, 1995 Maryland 7, Virginia 4 March 22, 1994 Maryland 5, Virginia 1 March 23, 1993 Virginia 11, Maryland 9
JUNIOR CLASS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Maryland's junior class is looking to tie the 1998 Maryland senior class for most national titles won. Last year's senior class won three national championships, the most by any in women's lacrosse tournament history. The Terp juniors have outscored their tournament opposition, 78-43, the last two years. Below is a list of the junior class' tournament history:
Date Opponent W/L Score 1997 5/10 *Penn State W 6-2 5/17 #Temple W 9-6 5/18 $Loyola W 8-7 1998 5/9 *James Madison W 13-8 5/15 #North Carolina W 14-9 5/17 $Virginia W 11-5 1999 5/8 *Georgetown W 17-6 *NCAA Quarterfinal #NCAA Semifinals $NCAA Championship
TERPS BY THE NCAA NUMBERS
The number of seniors on this year's Maryland team.
Maryland's Alex Kahoe is ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage with a .629 average.
Maryland has totaled a .733 winning percentage in its NCAA tournament history which makes it the winningest program in tournament history.
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams is ranked second in the nation in assists per game with a 2.28 per game average.
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams leads the nation in scoring as she averages 5.61 points per game.
Maryland has lost only eight NCAA Tournament games in its 14 years in the tournament.
Maryland has advanced to the Final Four weekend 10 consecutive years.
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is making the 13th NCAA appearance of her 18-year career.
Maryland is making its 15th appearance in NCAA history. The Terps are tied with Penn State for most appearances.
Former Maryland player Cathy Nelson was last year's NCAA Tournament leading scorer as she totaled 15 points in Maryland's three games, including four goals in the championship game against Virginia.
Maryland's Christie Jenkins is ranked 18th in the nation in points per game with a 4.06 per game average.
Maryland's 22 NCAA Tournament wins is the most in tournament history.
ADAMS BREAKS AMONTE'S RECORD
Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) broke former Terp Kelly Amonte's single-season goal record after recording three goals in the Terps' 17-6 win against Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals. Her 43 assists rank her six shy of Amonte's 48 assists in 1996, and her 106 points leave her five shy of becoming the single-season points record holder.
Goals No. Year 1. Jen Adams 63 1999 2. Kelly Amonte 62 1996 3. Sarah Forbes 59 1997 4. Cathy Nelson 58 1998 5. Mary Ann Oelgoetz 55 1990
Assists 1. Kelly Amonte 48 1996 2. Jen Adams 43 1999 3. Sascha Newmarch 42 1998 4. Judy Dougherty 38 1979 5. Sarah Forbes 36 1997
Points 1. Kelly Amonte 110 1993, '96 2. Jen Adams 106 1999 3. Sarah Forbes 94 1997 4. Sascha Newmarch 90 1998
1999 TERPS BREAK 1998 RECORD
Maryland's 298 goals scored through 19 games is its highest in school history, breaking the old record of 286 in 21 games which was set by the 1998 team. Maryland is currently averaging 15.68 goals per game which also is a record at this point in the season. The single-season record is 14.40 which was set in 1996.
Maryland concluded the 1999 regular-season schedule with a perfect 18-0 record, marking the fifth time in Maryland school history a team posted an undefeated mark during the regular season. Only two other Maryland teams, the 1995 and 1996 teams, ran the board and finished the entire year with undefeated marks. The 1995 team posted a 17-0 mark while the 1996 team finished the year 19-0.
JENKINS AND ADAMS NEARING CAREER MARKS
Junior Christie Jenkins and sophomore Jen Adams are making a mark in the Maryland all-time career assist record book. Adams jumped into the top 10, and is now in eighth place with 60 career assists. Jenkins is three assists shy of cracking the top 10 after posting a career-total of 49 during her three years.
Career Assists Name Assists Years 1. Kelly Amonte 132 1993-96 2. Judy Dougherty 106 1978-81 3. Anysia Fedec 83 1984-87 4. Cathy Nelson 77 1995-98 5. Karen MacCrate 76 1993-96 6. Sascha Newmarch 74 1995-98 7. Sarah Forbes 63 1994-97 8. Jen Adams 60 1998- 9. Michele Uhlfelder 55 1988-91 10. Kay Ruffino 52 1982-85 Sue Brown 52 1978-80 12. Christie Jenkins 49 1997-
ON A STREAK OF HER OWN
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams has scored at least one point in all 18 of Maryland's games, extending her consecutive-game scoring streak to 31 games. Her streak began on March 31, 1998, when she scored two goals and added an assist against Temple. The last time she was held scoreless was on March 30, 1998, in the Terps' 16-4 win against Vanderbilt.
ON A STREAK OF HER OWN, PART II
Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins is riding a 30-game scoring streak. The Pennsylvania native and U.S. National Team member has scored at least one point in all 18 games this season and was last held scoreless on March 31, 1998, against Temple. She recorded a career-high and team-high seven goals against Harvard on April 11.
ON A STREAK OF HER OWN, PART III
Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney has scored at least one point in all 18 of Maryland's games this season, and has extended her consecutive-game scoring streak to 25 games. 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 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
Maryland sophomore attack Allison Comito scored a career-high seven goals against Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams scored a career-high seven goals against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins scored a career-high seven goals against Harvard.
Maryland extended its winning streak against Virginia to 10 consecutive games with its 13-5 defeat in the finals of the ACC Tournament on April 25.
Maryland is averaging 15.68 goals per game.
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe posted a season-high 21 saves in Maryland's 8-7 sudden-death overtime victory against Princeton. It also tied her career-high.
The Terps scored 21 goals in three consecutive games, marking the first time a Terp team has scored 20+ goals in three straight outings.
Maryland sophomore Quinn Carney has scored at least one point in the Terps' last 26 games, including all 19 this season.
Maryland junior Christie Jenkins has scored at least one point in the Terps' last 31 games, including all 19 this season.
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams has scored at least one point in Maryland's last 32 games, including all 19 this season.
The number of goals scored through 19 games this season--the most ever in school history.
Maryland is the country's all-time winningest program. The Terps own a 347-80-3 record.
COME AGAIN COMITO
Maryland sophomore attack Allison Comito, a 1999 All-ACC selection, has started in all 18 games this season and ranks third in scoring with 69 points. She has scored at least one point in every game this season except against Duke. Last season, the New York native scored 11 goals and added eight assists to finish as the Terps' ninth-leading scorer. In the Terps' 12-11 win against JMU on April 3, she scored at the 63:53 mark in overtime to give the Terps a two-goal lead early in the second overtime period. She has twice scored a career-high six goals, including against Georgetown on April 14 where she also totaled six shots. She most recently had six goals against Loyola on May 1.
COMITO EARNS SECOND ACC POW HONOR
Sophomore Allison Comito was named this week's ACC Player of the Week following her career-high seven-goal performance against Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals. Comito was a perfect 13 for 13 against the Hoyas this year, scoring 13 goals on 13 shots.
Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams has posted All-American numbers in the Terps' 19 games this season. Adams charted a career-high seven goals against North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. She leads the Terps in scoring with 106 points, and has totaled a team-high 63 goals and 43 assists. Here is a game-by-game review of the Australian native's numbers:
Opponent Goals Assists No. 9 Penn State 4 1 No. 7 Duke 2 3 No. 2 North Carolina 3 0 No. 17 Syracuse 5 3 No. 3 Virginia 3 1 No. 8 Dartmouth 3 1 No. 20 Brown 5 2 No. 12 Old Dominion 0 3 Temple 5 5* No. 5 James Madison 1 2 Towson 6 3 Harvard 1 2 No. 8 Georgetown 5 2 No. 15 William & Mary 2 2 No. 6 North Carolilna 7* 3 No. 2 Virginia 3 4 No. 6 Princeton 2 1 No. 10 Loyola 3 3 No. 7 Georgetown 3 2 *Career-high
KAHOE IN 1999
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe, the Terps' all-time saves leader, has totaled 213 saves while allowing 121 goals in 1,135 minutes played, including a season-low three goals against third-ranked Virginia and Towson. She charted a new season-high saves total, and matched her career-high, against Princeton, posting 21 saves. She has posted a 6.40 goals allowed average. Here is a game-by-game breakdown of Kahoe's performances:
KAHOE FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe is featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in the May 10 issue of Sports Illustrated.
OFF TO A HOT START
Sophomore midfielder Meredith Egan (Maplewood, N.J.) has started in all 40 games of her young Terrapin career, including all 19 games this season.
Maryland's 8-7 sudden-death overtime win against sixth-ranked Princeton last Wednesday was the Terps' first sudden-death overtime game since 1987. Maryland defeated Pennsylvania 9-8 in sudden-death overtime on May 2, 1987.
CARNEY NEARING SINGLE-SEASON RECORD MARK
Sophomore attack Quinn Carney has charted 41 goals through 19 games which leaves her eight shy of cracking the top 10 in the Maryland single-season record book. Former Terrapins Sascha Newmarch and Kay Ruffino are tied for ninth with 49 goals.
COMITO NEARING SINGLE-SEASON RECORD MARK
Sophomore attack Allison Comito is nearing the single-season record chart in assists as she has totaled 25 assists in 19 games. Three former Terps are tied for 10th with 28 assists, including Kelly Amonte, Anysia Fedec and Kay Ruffino.
MARTINEZ COLLECTS FIRST HONOR
Sophomore defender Courtney Martinez (Towson, Md.) garnered her first award of her young career at the ACC Tournament. Martinez was named to the all-tournament team following her performances against North Carolina and Virginia.
THE TORI STORY
Sophomore attack Tori Wellington (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), like fellow teammate Allison Comito, has gone from a key reserve player on last year's team to one of the Terps' 12 starters on this year's team. The 6-1 Wellington has already surpassed her career-high seven goals she totaled last season, and has now totaled 10. She matched her career-high three goal performance that she set against Towson last season, posting three goals against Syracuse on March 13.
Junior midfielder Kristin Sommar has totaled 38 goals in the 18 games she has played in, surpassing her then-season-high 14 goals she scored in 1998. She has also surpassed her season-high assist total of 14, which was also set in 1998, with 18. Sommar scored a career-high five goals against Towson on April 7.
MARYLAND AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS (as of May 4)
Maryland is ranked first in the nation in scoring offense as the Terps average 15.61 goals per game. Maryland is ranked fourth in scoring defense as the Terps are allowing their opponents a 6.61 goals per game average. Maryland's 9.00 scoring margin ranks it first, and it is the only Division I school with an undefeated record (18-0).
MARYLAND'S ADAMS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS (as of May 4)
Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams is among the NCAA leaders in points per game, goals per game and assists per game. Adams leads the nation in points per game with a 5.61 average. She is ranked second in assists per game with a 2.28 average, and eighth in goals per game with a 3.33 average. Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins is ranked 18th in points per game with a 4.06 average, and her 1.50 assists per game rank her 20th. Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe is sixth in the nation in goals-against average with a 6.42 per game average, and ranks fifth in save percentage with a .629.
JENKINS NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The top-ranked Terrapins, with a league-high six players, head up the 1999 All-Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse team. Headlining this year's All-ACC team is Maryland junior midfielder Christie Jenkins, who earned ACC Player of the Year honors, and was joined on the all-conference team by sophomores Jen Adams and Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.), and juniors Kristin Sommar, Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Alex Kahoe.
FIRST FOR THE TERPS
Maryland freshman Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) netted her first collegiate goal against Brown on March 22 ... sophomore Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) scored her first goal as a Terp against Towson on April 7 ... freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) played in her first game wearing a Maryland uniform against Temple on March 30 ... sophomore goalkeeper Fon Muttamara (Gaithersburg, Md.) saw her first action between the pipes against Towson ... freshman Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) scored her first two goals of her career during the Terps' 12-goal spurt in the second half of the Maryland vs. Temple game ... freshman Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) tallied her first career save against Harvard.
ADAMS COMES CLOSE TO AMONTE'S RECORD
Maryland sophomore attack Jen Adams scored 10 points (5G-5A) in the Terps' 23-5 romp against Temple, only one point shy of tying former Terrapins Kelly Amonte, Judy Dougherty and Kay Ruffino's record of 11 points scored in one single game.
ADAMS AGAIN COMES CLOSE
Sophomore attack Jen Adams again scored 10 points (7G-3A) in the Terps' 19-17 overtime win against North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, matching her 10-point performance she recorded against Temple. Her 10 points is one shy of tying former Terrapins Kelly Amonte, Judy Dougherty and Kay Ruffino's record of 11 points scored in one game. The seven goals Adams scored against the Tar Heels is a new ACC Tournament record.
MARYLAND CLAIMS SECOND ACC TITLE
Maryland claimed its second ACC championship title in three years after its 13-5 defeat against second-ranked Virginia in Sunday's championship game. The Terps advanced to the ACC championship game following its 19-17 overtime win against sixth-ranked North Carolina on Saturday. Sophomore Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia) was named MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by juniors Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.), Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.), and sophomore Courtney Martinez (Towson, Md.).
TERPS BY THE ACC NUMBERS
Junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe ranks first in save percentage (.629).
Jen Adams is averaging a league-leading 2.26 assists per game.
Sophomore Allison Comito ranks second in the ACC with a 2.68 goals per game average.
The number of categories Jen Adams ranks first (scoring, goals and assists).
The number of categories that Christie Jenkins, Quinn Carney and Allison Comito are ranked in the ACC statistics.
The number of Maryland players who are ranked among the ACC assist leaders.
Sophomore Jen Adams is averaging a league-leading 3.32 goals per game.
The number of Maryland players who have garnered ACC Player of the Week honors (Jen Adams (3), Quinn Carney, Allison Comito (2) and Alex Kahoe).
Junior Christie Jenkins is averaging 4.16 points per game which ranks her second in the ACC.
The number of Maryland players who are ranked among the ACC goal leaders.
5.58 Sophomore Jen Adams is averaging a league-high 5.58 points per game.
The number of players named to the All-ACC team--a league-high.
The number of goals Maryland is allowing its opponents which ranks it first in the ACC.