Jan. 20, 2000
Washington, D.C.- - The five-time defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse visited Washington D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 20, where they met President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Terrapins were invited to the nation's capital to be congratulated for winning the 1999 NCAA Championship, which was their fifth-straight national title, and sixth national title in the 90's. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted head coach Cindy Timchal and Thursday afternoon to recognize them for their achievements.
"It was really an exciting thing for Maryland women's lacrosse to meet both the President and the First Lady," said Timchal, who has a .931 winning percentage at Maryland over nine years. "It was a thrill for our students."
Maryland finished the 1999 season undefeated at 21-0, outscoring Virginia 16-6 in the championship game. The 1999 ACC Coach of the Year, Timchal and the Terps' won their fifth-straight NCAA Championship, and their sixth championship overall under Timchal, last season. The team's title streak is the longest active Division I women's streak in the country, and backed by a 349-80-3 program record (a .808 winning percentage) and eight titles, Maryland is the winningest program in women's lacrosse history.
"It's an amazing experience to come to the White House and to be a part of something that doesn't happen every day," commented Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.), the 1999 ACC Player of the Year and first-team Brine/IWLCA All-American, on being recognized at the White House. "It was a great experience to meet the First Lady and to have a surprise appearance from the President himself. It feels good for us as athletes to know that what we have accomplished has been recognized in this way."
"I think it's quite an honor," said starting goalie and first-team All-American Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.) of her experience at the White House. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to meet the President and the First Lady. It's difficult sometimes for lacrosse, because it's not such a nationally recognized sport, to get the exposure. To get the recognition of the President and First Lady is great -- it's amazing -- and will only help the sport to grow more."
The team will begin action this year the weekend of March 3-5 at Duke and North Carolina, and then travel to Towson on March 7 before returning home on March 9 to take on Penn State at 3 p.m. The squad will look to continue its 28-game win-streak and challenge for its sixth-straight national title when the 2000 season begins.