It was a wild opening weekend of the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Maryland fared quite well statistically. This week's blog looks at those numbers and a few other Terp tidbits.
Griffin Relishes First NCAA Action
Brooke Griffin netted a game-high six points on three goals and three assists last Saturday against UMass. It was the first NCAA tournament action for the redshirt freshman, who missed last season with a torn ACL.
Griffin is one of four freshmen to start all 21 games this season. Speaking of the rookies, make sure you check out this feature by Maryland Athletics Media Relations intern (and Terp All-American swimmer!) Ginny Glover.
Griffin has combined with fellow freshman midfielder Kelly McPartland to tally 71 of Maryland's 318 goals in 2012. Griffin, an Edgewater, Md., product recorded WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week honors for her effort against the Minutewomen.
Terps Stats Impressive Through First Round
When researching how the Terps fared in the first round in comparison to the rest of the field, the relatively slim 15-12 victory against UMass looks much more impressive.
Maryland was first in goals (15), assists (9), points (24) and shot percentage (.556) among the 16 teams in this year's bracket. The Terps were also second in draw controls (15).
Griffin tied UNC midfielder and Tewaaraton finalist Becky Lynch for most points in the first round with six. Griffin and Maryland's Tewaaraton finalist Katie Schwarzmann were two of four players to record three assists last weekend. Iliana Sanza led all players with six ground balls.
Here is a link to the complete stats from opening weekend play.
A New Wave of Terp Talent
Four members of the 2012-13 recruiting class have been selected to high school lacrosse's highest honor and will play in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, June 30 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
Bryn Boucher and Halle Majorna will represent the North squad and Taylor Cummings and Alice Mercer will play for the South.
Just a note...Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a panel of lacrosse experts from Inside Lacrosse Magazine. The year-long selection process includes input from college and high school coaches from across the country as well as nominations from the public.
Finally, if you'd like to do some hump day reading, I'd recommend this Baltimore Sun piece from Kathy Dunn on Karri Ellen Johnson. This year's tournament is extra special for the senior for so many reasons.
See you Saturday!