Jan. 5, 1998
Women's Lacrosse Season Outlook
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal has always stood by her philosophy. Sooner or later, someone shoots the question at her every year, and every year she smiles and gives the same response.
"Our goals have always been the same. We want to win the conference, win the regionals and get into the final four. Once we get into the final four, we have a chance to win the National Championship."
It's a philosphy which has permeated the Terrapin lacrosse program over the years. They're not just words strung together into a nice little package. They're the ultimate challenge for every player who chooses to play for Maryland. They're an over-simplified step-by-step instruction maual on how to get from point "A" (winning the conference title) to point "B" (winning the NCAA title). The Terrapins have learned how to travel that road to success.
Despite the loss of three-time All-American Sarah Forbes, Timchal has assembled a group of players that will rival any in the nation. The 1998 Terrapins combine youth, experience and power - a deadly combination. Add to that the sweet taste of success from last year's phenomenal season and Timchal's exceptional skill at refining technique, and you've got yourself the making of a champion, again.
Regardless of who steps out of the field to face the Terrapins this year, for Maryland the ultimate goal will be getting from point "A" to point "B" with as few side trips as possible. The compass is set in the direction of Baltimore, Md., and the Terps are ready to roll.
The Terrapins return 18 players from last year's NCAA Championship team. The returning players found themselves last spring once again holding the National Championship Trophy high above their heads, celebrating at the center of Lehigh's Goodman Field.
Maryland has the distinct honor of holding the record for the most National Championships held by a Division I women's lacrosse team. The 1997 championship marked Maryland's fifth National Championship since the tournament began in 1982. It also marked Maryland's third consecutive National Championship since 1995. Last April, the Terps returned to College Park with yet another championship. This time, they were crowned the first-ever ACC women's lacrosse champions, defeating Virginia in Charlottesville.
Five seniors - Kathleen Lund, Noelle Mitchell, Cathy Nelson, Sascha Newmarch and Anna Piccioni return for their final year in a Maryland uniform, and will provide leadership for the Terrapins. With their game experience and playing ability, they will be of great value to the newcomers.
Joining the Terps this season are the faces who will be seen and heard from over the next four years and will offer Maryland a very bright future. This year's freshman class includes a list of All-America, all-state and all-county selections. This year's freshman squad will contribute greatly to Maryland's offensive gameplan. Tori Wellington and Quinn Carney are both candidates for starting roles on attack, while Alison Comito, Meghan McNamara and Tricia Ward will also compete for significant playing time.
The freshmen talent doesn't stop on the attack, as they will also add great depth to the midfield and to the defense. Meg Carrington has shown her explosiveness on defense and will definitely be an impact player this season. She is not alone, however, as Tara Foran, a first-year transfer, has a fantastic check that will be advantageous for the Terrapin defense. The already potent midfield will get even stronger with the addition of freshmen Meredith Egan and Kristin Crawford. This year there is also a new addition between the pipes. Doungamon "Fon" Muttamara will be looking to learn from current starting goalie, Alex Kahoe, and gain valuable experience for future years.