Feb. 9, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Leading up to No. 2 Maryland's opener Sunday against Richmond, Umterps.com will preview the Terps' highly-anticipated 2010 season. Today's preview will take a look at the Terps high velocity attack.
"We want an offense where everyone is involved and any player that is on field at any given time is a threat to score," Reese said. "We are looking to be smart and disciplined offensively. That is our main goal as an offense - to be consistent and disciplined and make smart decisions."
The Terps return two of the top scoring threats in the nation with junior Sarah Mollison and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson back up top. Mollison is fresh off an FIL World Cup run last summer where she helped lead her native Australia to the gold medal game before bowing out to the U.S. In 2009, she started in every match for Maryland's attack, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 38 assists for the ACC champion Terps and earning All-America honors. Her teammates took notice as well, appointing her the lone underclassman captain for this year's squad.
"Sarah is really excited to step on the field and try to build from where she was and increase her game," Reese said. "She is a smart player with a lot of heart and a lot of determination. She is going to be a huge asset to us as a leader in our offense."
Johnson had the finest freshman campaign in Maryland women's lacrosse history last season. The All-American attacker was tabbed ACC Rookie of the Year after leading Maryland in scoring with 74 goals in only her first season in the Red and Black. Johnson's goal tally in 2009 ranks third in Terrapin single-season history. She also had a flurry of multi-goal contests which concluded with a four-goal showing against North Carolina in the national semifinals.
"Karri Ellen is coming off an awesome freshman season," Reese said. "She comes in as one of the best finishers I've seen in lacrosse. She's an outstanding finisher with excellent stick-work and such a quick release which makes her so dangerous within the 8-meter."
Fellow classmate and captain Amanda Spinnenweber is also a very valuable piece of the puzzle in the middle for Maryland. The three-year starter put up career numbers last season in goals (26), assists (9), points (35), draw controls (22), caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (16).
"Amanda has a lot of hustle and a lot of heart," Reese said. "She's fast and she works really hard, giving everything she has in everything she does. She is really encouraging to the people around her."
Joining these three in the Terps offense is senior Brittany Jones. The Poway, Calif., native had a breakout season in 2009 notching career-highs in goals (33), assists (8), points (41), and draw controls (23). She was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals and adding two draw controls in Maryland's run to the title.
"Brittany has a very fast change of direction, a great first step." Reese said. "She is very hard to defend because she is so quick and so deceptive. She is a scoring threat for us whenever she is on the field."
Maryland will also benefit from having Kate Faas back in the lineup in 2010. The St. Bonaventure-transfer served a redshirt season in 2009 after a knee injury sidelined the attacker early in the year.
"Kate has excellent stick-work," Reese said. "She's got great vision and is smart with the ball. We are really excited to have her back and involved in our offense." Sophomore Kristy Black and freshman Alex Aust are two young attackers that will likely also have an impact in the Terrapin offense in 2010. Black was one of Maryland's top players off the bench a year ago, tallying 14 goals on the year in 17 games played. Aust is an Under Armour All-American from Bullis High School.
"Both Kristy and Alex are dangerous low, around the crease," Reese said. "They have great vision and read the offense well. They are also steady finishers."
Redshirt freshman Grace Gaeng had to wait a year for her collegiate debut but Reese and her staff feel it will be well worth the wait.
"She's really quick and has a great first step," Reese said. "She's small and can maneuver really well.
"Offensively, we are very excited to have her back playing."
Jenny Collins and Allie Perkins join Faas, Spinnenweber and Jones as the five seniors in the Terps attack. Collins scored a career-high seven goals last season while playing in 11 matches for Maryland. Perkins dished out three assists in her junior campaign.
"Jenny is very passionate about lacrosse," Reese said. "She works really hard on-and-off the field and is a good leader. She's strong, a good dodger, and a good one-on-one player.
"Allie has great vision from behind the cage with good stick-work and is smart with the ball. She is a steady player for us."
Colleen Dawson also missed last year with an injury but her energy will be welcomed back to the field in 2010.
"Colleen is very positive and very supportive," Reese said. "She is a great teammate with good vision and is also good around the crease."
"Sarah is very strong and a good dodger. I am looking forward to watching her develop as a player throughout her freshman season and beyond."
Yeatman joins Brandi and Brittany joins as Maryland's representation from the west coast.
"Anne Morgan is eager to learn and has a lot of energy," Reese said.
Sophomore Ellen Cook will redshirt the 2010 season due to injury.