#1 Terps Welcome Hofstra Sunday
March 2, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a decisive win at No. 6 Virginia Friday, the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team returns home for a game against Hofstra Sunday at 1 p.m.
Senior Alex Aust was electric in Charlottesville, recording 10 points on five goals and five assists to lead Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) to an 18-10 victory against the Cavs Friday night.
Hofstra (4-0) defeated Marist its last time out. This is the first time the Pride will face a No. 1-ranked opponent since 2009.
Sunday's game is the second of three games in a five-day span. Youth lacrosse players who wear their jersey to the game will receive a $3 discounted ticket.
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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.
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Scouting The Pride
· Hofstra, which has never started a season 5-0, defeated Marist 14-8 on Wednesday afternoon in its last aciton.
· Sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare had a strong game against the Red Foxes with seven points on four goals and three assists.
· Altomare leads Hofstra in scoring this season with 18 points on team-highs of nine goals and nine assists. Freshman attacker Emily Considine is second on the squad with eight goals and also tied for second in points with eight.
Terps Rout #6 Virginia on the Road
·Aust tallied five goals and five assists - tying the third-highest point total in Terrapin single-game history - as Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) dropped its third straight top-10 ranked foe. Sophomore Kristen Lamon added a career-best four goals.
·The Terps have now scored 15 or more goals in each of their four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as Maryland picked up its seventh straight win over the Cavaliers.
· The senior has at least a hat trick in each game in 2013. Her 10-point mark in Charlottesville is tied for the third-highest total in Maryland single-game history.
· The Terps are averaging over 18 goals a game on the road and 15 in College Park heading into Sunday's game against Hofstra.
Terps Drop #4 Duke in Home Opener
·The Terps were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.
Griffin Named ACC Player of the Week
· Griffin, a redshirt sophomore from Annapolis, Md., tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists to help the Terps remain perfect in 2013 and drop its second-consecutive top-five ranked opponent.
Maryland Cruises at #2 Syracuse
· Katie Schwarzmann tallied a career-high seven goals to lead Maryland to another dominant offensive performance. Freshman Taylor Cummings added five goals and a game-high six draw controls. Alex Aust boasted her second four-goal showing of the year as the Terps are averaging 19.5 goals per game through the first two contests of the 2013 campaign.
Schwarzmann Has a Day in the Dome
· The midfielder is now fifth all-time in career goals with 183. She needs four goals to tie Kelly Amonte Hiller for fourth on the prestigious list.
Howard at Home in Cage
· The Annapolis, Md., native helped set the tone with three crucial saves in the game's opening minutes.
Terps Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Schwarzmann was also named Nike National Player of the Week.
Terps Throttle Richmond, 20-7
· Seniors Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann led Maryland, combining for 10 points on seven goals and three assists. Beth Glaros, Kristen Lamon, Mattie Meredith and freshmen Halle Majorana and Taylor Cummings each netted two goals. Cummings added five draw controls as five freshmen saw their first action in a Maryland uniform.
· Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and women's nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
2013 - The Year of the Senior
· Schwarzmann scored in every game in 2012 and led the Terps with 72 goals, the fifth-highest mark in single-season history at Maryland.
· Sanza started every game for the nation's fourth-ranked defense. She led the Terrapins in ground balls and caused turnovers and was third in draw controls. Against ACC opponents, Sanza tallied 11 ground balls, 10 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers.
· Aust had a breakout campaign in 2012. She racked up five or more points in 10 games in 2012 and was the Terrapin leader in assists (52) and points (96).
· 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.
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 62-2 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 202-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.
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