This week's blog focuses on three words - CRAM THE COMPLEX.
The first NCAA national ranking summary of the season was released Tuesday and the Terps appear near the top of several categories.
Offensively, Maryland is seventh in total points (86) and 12th scoring offense (16.25). The Terps also rank 11th in scoring defense (7.0) and 10th in scoring margin (9.25). The squad is 10th in draw controls (16).
Individually, Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson are tied for 24th with 14 points each. Brooke Griffin also appears in the top 50 at No. 37 with 12 points. Schwarzmann is 10th in total goals (13) and Johnson and Kristy Black are tied for 23rd with five assists apiece. Brittany Dipper is 10th nationally in goals against average (6.33).
Protect This House
As you may or may not have heard, Maryland boasts the fifth-longest active home winning streak in ALL of NCAA Division I sports.
The Terps will aim for their 36th win in a row in College Park when they play host to Virginia Friday. We'll dive into the details of that game a little later.
Make sure to log on to www.umterps.com later this week for a feature about Maryland's home streak and what makes the Terps great in College Park! In the meantime, here's a list of ranked opponents Maryland has defeated during its current home winning streak. (Keep in mind this doesn't include ranked foes the Terps trumped in the ACC or NCAA tournament)
#5 Duke - Feb. 28, 2009
#13 New Hampshire - March 15, 2009
#14 Stanford - March 29, 2009
#4 North Carolina - April 11, 2009
#5 Princeton - May 2, 2009
#9 Virginia - March 5, 2010
#15 New Hampshire - March 13, 2010
#7 Georgetown - March 17, 2010
#8 Stanford - March 25, 2010
#7 Towson - March 31, 2010
#16 Penn State - Feb. 20, 2011
#3 Duke - Feb. 26, 2011
#12 Syracuse - March 12, 2011
#10 James Madison - March 26, 2011
#8 Penn - April 1, 2011
#4 North Carolina - April 9, 2011
#12 Princeton - April 13, 2011
I Like my Losses Like I Like my Steaks - Rare
I've been fortunate enough to be the media relations contact for the Terps since the 2009 season. During that time, I've witnessed Maryland lose a grand total of five games. That's right - five games in three-plus seasons.
Sometimes when you are in the middle of something great, it is difficult to acknowledge because you are too consumed with trying to stay great. Maryland has certainly closed the book on Saturday's loss and is moving on to its next challenge against Virginia, but let's take a quick moment to reflect on how rare a loss is for the Maryland women's lacrosse program.
· Maryland is 68-5 since 2009. That's one loss per every 14.6 games.
· The Terps have lost 127 games since the program's inception in 1974. That's an average of 3.34 per season.
· Maryland's winning percentage since 1974 is .814. The team's winning percentage since 2009 is .932 overall and at home is 1.000 which leads us to...
Cram the Complex
It's that time again! Cram the Complex is back and Maryland is looking to jam the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for its critical ACC match against rival Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday.
You can purchase tickets in advance by clicking here. Looks like clear skies and mild temperatures for this conference battle. Friday's match is one of only three league contests at home this season.
Last but not least, check out this week's 12 Questions in 2012 with junior defender Melissa Diepold here.