Feb. 24, 2000
College Park, Md. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team has been picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. The Terrapins are the defending national champions and graduated no seniors from the 1999 championship team.
Maryland is coming off an undefeated 1999 season, which saw the team claim its fifth straight national title and solidify the Terrapins as the winningest program in women's lacrosse history. The Terps also rounded out the '90s with six NCAA titles ('92, '95, '96, '97, '98, and '99), a 165-13 record for the decade, and nine trips to the NCAA championship game. Maryland's string of five straight titles is the longest active title streak in Division I women's athletics.
The Terrapins return six All-Americans to this year's team, including 1999 Brine/IWLCA Player of the Year Jen Adams (Brighton, Austrailia). Adams also set the Maryland single-season record for goals and points (71 and 117) in 1999 en route to capturing ECAC, e-lacrosse, and College Lacrosse USA Player of the Year honors. Adams is joined by senior tri-captains Christie Jenkins (Media, Pa.), Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa.), and Kristin Sommar (North Wales, Pa.). Jenkins returns as the 1999 ACC Player of the Year, while Kahoe begins her third season as the Terps' starter between the pipes. Sommar, one of the Terps' top scorers last season, was a first-team All-American and an ACC and NCAA all-tournament team selection in 1999.
Defender Tonia Porras (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and midfield Quinn Carney (Flemington, N.J.) round out the six returning All-Americans for the Terps. Porras was a first-team selection who led a Maryland defense that gave up only 6.74 goals per game last season. A third-team selection, Carney was the team's fourth leading scorer in 1999.
Maryland faces 13 of the 20 teams ranked by the IWLCA this season, including every team in the Top 10. All four of the ACC's teams are ranked among the top five teams in the country, including No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia, and No. 5 North Carolina. The Terrapins start the regular season on March 3 at Duke and visit the Tar Heels March 5 at Fetzer Field. March 9, the Terps host No. 10 Penn State in Maryland's home opener at Ludwig Field. Maryland also hosts No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Dartmouth, No. 6 Georgetown, No. 19 Old Dominion, and No. 20 Brown this season. In addition to traveling to Duke and North Carolina, the Terps have road contests against five other ranked teams including No. 7 James Madison, No. 8 Loyola, No. 9 Princeton, No. 16 Syracuse, and No. 17 William & Mary.
The Terps begin the 2000 season with an exhibition contest against the Japan Athletic University on Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. Maryland's regular season kick-offs at Duke on March 3 at 7 p.m.
2000 IWLCA Preseason Poll Schools (1999 Record) Points 1. MARYLAND (21-0) 160 (8) 2. Duke (13-5) 149 3. Virginia (15-6) 147 4. Dartmouth (11-5) 125 5. North Carolina (8-7) 123 6. Georgetown (11-6) 113 7. James Madison (13-5) 112 8. Loyola (13-5) 105 9. Princeton (12-5) 104 10. Penn State (15-5) 93 11. Rutgers (14-3) 72 12. Yale (14-4) 67 13. George Mason (7-8) 61 14. Boston University (14-5) 52 15. Delaware (13-5) 51 16. Syracuse (12-4) 37 17. William & Mary (6-9) 32 18. Vanderbilt (5-10) 20 19. Old Dominion (6-9) 17 20. Brown (7-6) 9 Others Receiving Votes: Cornell, Temple, Virginia Tech