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Women's Lacrosse Welcomes U.S. National Team
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

February 23, 1999

Game Facts and Coverage

U.S. National Team at Maryland
Friday, February 26, 1999
7:00 p.m.
Ludwig Field

Maryland at Penn State
Tuesday, March 2, 1999
4:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Field

Series history: Tuesdays meeting with the Nittany Lions marks the 34th time the two schools have met. Maryland leads the series 19-13-1 with the Terps last defeating Penn State on April 25, 1998, 14-10. The last Nittany Lions win was a 7-6 decision on April 11, 1991.

The 1999 edition of the Maryland womens lacrosse team welcomes the United States Elite National Lacrosse Team to College Park on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field. Thirteen of the 31 athletes on the U.S. National Team hail from Maryland, including current Terrapins Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.) and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.). Both Jenkins and Sommar will play for the Terp squad on Friday.

A BIT OF A HOMECOMING
Eleven former Maryland womens lacrosse players return home on Friday as members of the U.S. National Team, including four-time All-American Kelly Amonte. Other Terps playing on the National Team include Erin Brown (90), Liz Downing (96), Dana Gwaltney (97)Theresa Ingram (94), Cathy Nelson (98), Laura Harmon Schuman (94), Maureen Scott (94), Michele Uhlfelder (91) and Jessica Wilk (90). Five of the 11 former Maryland players were members on the 1997 World Cup Championship team, including Amonte, Scott, HarmonSchuman, Uhlfelder and Wilk.

TERPS OPEN SEASON AT PENN STATE
Maryland, the defending national champions, opens its 1999 regular-season schedule at Penn State on Tuesday, March 2. Tuesdays meeting between the two schools marks the 34th time in Maryland school history. The Terps lead the series 19-13-1 and last defeated the Nittany Lions on April 25, 1998, 14-10.

THE TERPS IN SEASON OPENERS
Maryland owns a 19-6 record in its season openers. The Terps dropped a 10-6 decision to Duke in last seasons regular-season opener. It marked the first time since 1989 that a Maryland team had lost its season opener.

HEAD COACH CINDY TIMCHAL
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal (West Chester 76) enters her ninth season at the helm of the Terrapin womens lacrosse program, and her 18th year overall. She carries a 127-11 record into Tuesdays game at Penn State, and her 203-51 (.799) overall record ranks her ninth among all-time coaches in winning percentage. Timchal guided the Maryland womens lacrosse program to its pinnacle in 1997 -- its first-ever back-to-back-back national championship -- and followed it up with a return trip to the Final Four in 1998, and the schools record fourth consecutive national championship.

THE ANCHOR
Maryland junior goalkeeper Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.), who earned All-America honors last season, will continue to hold the reins as the Terrapins confident commander. Kahoe, a co-captain this year, has been the backbone of the Terrapin defense the past two seasons, and enters her junior season as one of the top players in the NCAA ranks. The Pennsylvania native established a new school record last year for saves with 269, surpassing the old school record of 233 which she set her freshman year. An NCAA all-tournament team selection last year, and this years Lacrosse Magazines Preseason Player of the Year, Kahoe totaled a career-high 21 saves against Virginia in last years NCAA championship game, five shy of the tournament record.

1999 ACC STANDINGS

                 Overall    ACC
Teams            W   L      W   L   
Maryland         0   0      0   0   
Duke             0   0      0   0   
North Carolina   0   0      0   0
Virginia         0   0      0   0

1999 College Lacrosse USA Preseason Poll <0pre> 1. MARYLAND 2. North Carolina 3. Dartmouth 4. Virginia 5. Duke 6. Loyola 7. Princeton 8. Penn State 9. Georgetown 10. Temple THE DRIVE FOR FIVE
Maryland welcomes back seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 1998 squad that posted an 18-3 record and captured the schools fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Gone from that team is three-time All-America midfielder Sascha Newmarch and two-time All-America attack Cathy Nelson. However, returning to the Terrapin lineup are junior All-Americans Alex Kahoe, Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar. Kahoe and Jenkins earned co-captain honors. Joining the three All-Americans is junior Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio), a 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection and an honorable mention preseason All-American as selected by College Lacrosse USA.

THE SOPHOMORE CLASS
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchals corps of talented juniors will be assisted by a talented class of underclassmen, including 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection Jen Adams (Brighton, Australia). Adams returns as the Terps top returning scorer from 1998 (27g-17a-44 pts.). Joining Adams in the attack for Maryland are sophomores Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.), Allison Comito (Glen Head, N.Y.), Meghan McNamara (East Northport, N.Y.) and Victoria Wellington (Chestnut Hill, Mass.). Carney is the Terps second leading scorer of a year ago with 41 points. Sophomore Courtney Martinez (Towson, Md.) joins Porras on the defensive wing, and Meg Carrington (Charlottesville, Va.), Tara Foran (Davidsonville, Md.) and Kristin Crawford (Millersville, Md.) round out a talented sophomore class.

THE CLASS OF 2003
Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal added to her talent-laden team with the addition of freshmen midfielders Courtney Hobbs (West Lakes, South Australia), Meghan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.), Annie Morris (Middlebury, Vt.) and Wendy VanNorden (Germantown, Md.). Freshman goalkeeper Kim Blouin (Annapolis, Md.) looks to gain valuable experience playing behind junior All-American goalkeeper Alex Kahoe. At attack, freshman Debbie Wheat (Laytonsville, Md.) will see playing time and will combine with Jen Adams and Quinn Carney to form one of the most lethal offenses in the country.

COLLEGE LACROSSE HONORS
College Lacrosse USA has tabbed Maryland as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Selected to the preseason All-ACC team are juniors Christie Jenkins and Kristin Sommar in the midfield, sophomore Jen Adams on attack, junior Tonia Porras on defense, and junior Alex Kahoe in goal. Kahoe was also named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

THE ADAMS FAMILY
Maryland sophomore Jen Adams returns as the Terps top scorer from a year ago. A 1998 ACC all-tournament team selection, Adams totaled 44 points. She twice posted a career-high four goals, including her four-goal performance against North Carolina in the national semifinals.

TERPS BY THE NUMBERS

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Maryland is ranked preseason No. 1 by College Lacrosse USA.

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Maryland has been tabbed the ACC preseason favorite by College Lacrosse USA.

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Maryland returns three All-Americans from last years national championship team -- Christie Jenkins, Alex Kahoe and Kristim Sommar.

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Maryland won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, defeating Virginia, 11-5, in the championship game.

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Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is ranked fourth among all-time coaching leaders in total games won with 203.

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Maryland returns seven starters from last years 18-3 NCAA championship team.

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Maryland has captured seven national titles -- 1981, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

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Maryland meets nine teams ranked in the College Lacrosse USA preseason poll-- North Carolina (2), Dartmouth (3), Virginia (4), Duke (5), Loyola (6), Princeton (7), Penn State (8), Georgetown (9) and Temple (10).

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Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal owns a .799 winning percentage which ranks her ninth among all-time coaching leaders.



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