May 3, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland Terrapins close the regular season this week with a pair of rivalry games. The Terps will take on Princeton on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., at Ludwig Field. The Terps and Tigers have won 10 of the last 11 national championships.
Maryland will then close the regular season on Saturday, May 7, at home against Loyola on Senior Day. Prior to the 1 p.m. start of the game, the Terps will honor seniors Kate Capelle, Annie Collins, Jessica Dorney, Kirah Miles, Meredith O'Brien, Megan Sommar, Greta Sommers and Acacia Walker.
GameTracker will be available for both games this week at www.umterps.com.
The Terps (10-6) come into Wednesday's game after falling to Virginia in the ACC Semifinals on Friday.
Wednesday's game will be the regular season finale for Princeton (12-3). The Tigers have won eight of their last nine games, falling only to Dartmouth in that stretch.
The Tigers will be the sixth straight ranked opponent Maryland has faced, spanning nearly a month. The last non-ranked opponent was Virginia Tech on April 6.
Maryland and Princeton staged an epic battle last season with the Tigers coming away with an 8-7 overtime victory. Delia Cox put on an astounding display for the Terps, scoring six of Maryland's seven goals, but in the end it was Tara Hardiman scoring the game-winner with just 17 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.
Princeton has won three straight against Maryland, including a 13-6 win in College Park in 2003. The last Terp victory came in 2001 in the NCAA Semifinals. Maryland still leads the all-time series 17-6.
Loyola begins the week with a 5-9 record but will take on Virginia at home on Tuesday before taking on the Terps on Saturday. The Greyhounds have played the second-toughest schedule in the country, according to Laxpower.com.
Maryland leads the all-time series with the Greyhounds, 22-3, including last year's 12-7 victory in Baltimore. Brooke Richards had three goals and one assist to help pace the Terp offense, and Kirah Miles made 14 saves to seal the victory.
Selection for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday, May 5, at 9 p.m. The selection show will be aired live on CSTV.
The Week That Was
Virginia took an early 4-1 lead and held off Maryland every step of the way for a 15-11 victory at the ACC Tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps pulled within a goal at 5-4 with 20 minutes left in the first half, but the Cavaliers closed the period with a 3-0 run and an 8-4 halftime advantage. Kelly Kasper and Delia Cox scored back-to-back goals to open the second half, but Virginia answered back with a pair to push its lead back to four goals. The two teams traded the next six goals which helped keep the Terps at bay.
Kelly Kasper was named to the ACC All-Tournament team after her three-goal, one-assist performance against UVa.
Becky Clipp shone defensively for Maryland, forcing five turnovers and scooping seven ground balls.
Flexing The Depth
The Terp depth is now coming through with offensive sparks off the bench.
In the last three games (starting at North Carolina on April 16), the bench has scored 13 goals and five assists. Coming off the bench to add offensive punch are Kelly Kasper, Krista Pellizzi, and Casey Magor. In addition to the points, the bench has come up with 15 draw controls thanks to Magor and draw specialist Meghan Higgins.
Kasper Comes On
Kelly Kasper, Inside Lacrosse's preseason Rookie of the Year, has thrived in her role as an offensive spark off the bench.
In 10 games as a starter, Kasper scored 10 goals and three assists. In her last eight games off the bench, Kasper already has 13 goals and four assists.
In the last two games against Syracuse and Virginia, Kasper has seven goals and one assist.
Princeton, winners of eight of its last nine, enter Wednesday's game with a 12-3 record. Two of the Tigers' three losses have come on the road.
#8 Maryland vs. #4 Princeton
Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Ingrid Goldberg was named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week Monday after scoring five goals and adding three assists in two Princeton wins last week.
Sarah Kolodner, the winningest goalie in Princeton history, has 87 saves and is allowing 7.50 goals per game.
Maryland and Princeton have combined to win 10 of the last 11 national championships.
Princeton's coach is Chris Sailer who is in her 19th season with the Tigers. She has a career record of 246-76 record.