For most teams, a 22-game winning streak is an amazing milestone. For the storied Maryland women's lacrosse program, that seemingly ridiculous number ranks only fourth in its unrivaled tradition of success.
Maryland's longest winning streak stands at 50 games, dating back to 1995-1997. After losing to Princeton in the national championship game in 1994, the Terps compiled back-to-back undefeated campaigns in 1995 and 1996, capturing a pair of national titles along the way. Maryland opened the 1997 season at 14-0 before Loyola snapped the Terps string of wins midseason.
The Terps won 43 consecutive contests in 2000 and 2001. After finishing the season on a 20-0 run after an early season loss to North Carolina, the Terps captured their seventh straight national title in 2001 with an unblemished 23-0 record. Two quick losses to Duke and UNC to kick off the 2002 campaign halted that run at 43.
The third longest streak lasted 29 matches between 1998 and 2000. Maryland won seven straight in 1998, went a sparkling 21-0 in 1999, before losing to - you guessed it - North Carolina in triple overtime in the second game of the 2000 season.
North Carolina is the last team to defeat Maryland on its current 22-game victory ride, defeating the Terps on April 10, 2010 in Chapel Hill.
CRAM THE COMPLEX
We have all kinds of fun things lined up for Saturday's game against North Carolina.
In an effort to "Cram the Complex", several promotions will be going on in and around the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Some highlights include:
- · STX is going to be on site with promotional giveaways as well as displays showcasing their newest gear and equipment.
- · All US Lacrosse members with a valid membership card get in for free.
- · Girl Scout Day! All girl scouts and parents can pre-order discounted tickets through marketing by clicking here. All scouts will get a free Maryland Scout Day patch as well as the opportunity to be in the pregame fan tunnel.
Maryland wraps up the homestand with its last two regular season matches at the FH & Lax Complex against North Carolina Saturday and Princeton next Wednesday.
The Terps will honor their seniors next Wednesday at Ludwig Field before a 7 p.m. tilt with the 12th-ranked Tigers. Seniors Sara Cooper, Colleen Dawson, Katie Gallagher, Brandi Jones, Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison, and Brittany Poist will be celebrated in a pregame ceremony.