Terps Open 2013 Season at Richmond Sunday
Feb. 9, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 Maryland women's lacrosse team opens its 2013 campaign with a game at Richmond Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Terps topped Japan last Friday in their lone exhibition. Maryland returns nine starters from its 2012 squad which won a fourth straight ACC title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight season.
Richmond went 10-8 last season, finishing second in the A-10 standings. The Terps topped the Spiders 19-8 in their 2012 meeting.
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Scouting The Terps
· The Terps will have a mix of midfielders and attackers on the attack this season and the unit will be led by senior All-American Alex Aust. Aust was tremendous down the stretch for Maryland, including an epic performance in the ACC tournament. The Sterling, Va., native was the team leader in assists (52) and points (96) and will be called upon to be the main distributor again in 2013.
· Maryland's deepest position is certainly the midfield where it returns eight players from last year's squad including all-everything Schwarzmann, who spent the majority of the offseason training with the U.S. women's national team in preparation for the 2013 FIL World Cup.
· The Maryland defense will be led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza. Sanza stepped out of the shadow in her junior campaign to lead a youth-laden defense back to the final four.
· The Terps will have a large void to fill in the cage after the graduation of four-year starter Brittany Dipper. Senior Kasey Howard and redshirt sophomore Abbey Clipp will compete to fill the vacancy.
2013 Season Preview
Scouting The Spiders
· The Spiders return nine starters from last year's squad, including leading scorer and All-Conference selection Caitlin Fifield. Fifield scored 60 goals last season and recorded a team-high 80 points.
· Also returning is All-Rookie selection Emily Doyle who tallied a team-high 31 assists last season. Doyle set the single-game record for assists in a game with seven against Temple last April.
· All-Conference first team selection Sam Stevenson returns as does second-team honoree Kara Moschetti and Taylor Blazer. Stevenson scored 55 goals and had 25 assists for 80 points last season, while Moschetti recorded 29 goals and 24 ground balls in 2012.
· Maryland topped Richmond 19-8 last season.
Terps Capture Fourth Straight ACC Crown
· Katie Schwarzmann was named tournament most valuable player after capping her stellar weekend with a six-point showing against the Tar Heels.
2013 - The Year of the Senior
· The two-time captain hopes to lead the Terps back to the final four for a fifth straight season and bring the national championship back to College Park for the first time since her rookie season in 2010.
· Schwarzmann, a senior midfielder and the reigning Tewaaraton winner, is one of only two current collegiate players on the roster, joining Danielle Etrasco from Boston.
· McFadden, a former Tewaaraton winner and current assistant coach with the Terps, was a midfielder on the 2009 national team which won gold in Prague.
· Sophomore Kelly McPartland also spent extensive time with the national team this offseason.
Terps Roll Past Japan in Lone Exhibition
· Fresh off a stint with the US women's national team, sophomore Kelly McPartland was the Terps' top distributor, posting four in the squad's season debut.
Defense Remains Intact
· Led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza, the Terps will hope to jump start one of the top offenses in the country again this season.
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Protect This House
· Maryland is 61-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.
· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past five seasons. The Terps are 201-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.
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