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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 5 Maryland (2-1, 1-1 ACC) will make its 2008 home debut on Tuesday, March 4 when No. 2 Virginia (3-0, 1-0 ACC) visits the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for a battle between two top-five teams. First draw is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by CSTV.
Terps Make Home Debut Against Cavaliers
No. 5 Maryland makes its 2008 home debut on Tuesday, March 4 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex when it takes on No. 2 Virginia at 7:00 p.m.
The game will be televised nationally by CSTV with Jason Knapp and Sheehan Stanwick-Birch on the call.
Maryland was a perfect 9-0 in College Park in 2007 and has not lost at home since April 5, 2006.
Virginia won both meetings between the two teams last year, winning 15-4 in Charlottesville in the regular season and 10-7 in the ACC Tournament.
The Terps are coming off of 14-13 loss at Duke on Saturday afternoon, giving up the game's final three goals and the game-winner with just three seconds left on the clock.
Virginia won its first game against a ranked opponent this season when it beat No. 4 Syracuse, 13-8, on Saturday.
No. 3 Duke Escapes Terps
No. 3 Duke scored three unanswered goals in the final 12:04 and Jess Adams scored the game-winner with three seconds left to beat the No. 5 Maryland women's lacrosse team, 14-13, on March 1 at Koskinen Stadium. The last two games in the series have both been decided by a single goal.
Senior Lauren Cohen paced the Terps with four goals and an assist while classmate Kelly Kasper scored three goals.
Senior Dana Dobbie had two goals and an assist while senior Casey Magor and sophomore Caitlyn McFadden chipped in with a goal and a pair of assists. Dobbie added nine draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Maryland held a significant 22-7 advantage in draws but turned the ball over 16 times compared to Duke's nine.
As Maryland was working the offense and trying to kill off some of the clock with a one-goal lead, it turned the ball over and Duke took possession. The Blue Devils made the most of the mistake and scored the game-tying goal with 1:29 left in the game.
Dobbie won the ensuing draw to give the Terps possession in the last minute, but the Duke defense forced another turnover and gained possession of the ball.
Maryland was whistled for a foul with 13 seconds left and Duke was awarded a free position, but Sarah Bullard's shot was blocked.
Adam gained possession of the ball and scored with just three seconds remaining, her only point of the game, to give Duke the come-from-behind victory.
Last Year vs. Virginia
Virginia gave Maryland its first loss of the 2007 campaign on March 13 with a 15-4 win at Klockner Stadium.
Blair Weymouth led the way for the Cavaliers with five goals and three assists while Brittany Kalkstein added four goals.
Kate Breslin chipped in with a goal and four assists and Kendall McBrearty was credited with 14 saves.
Senior Casey Magor paced the Terps with a pair of goals.
The second meeting in the ACC semifinals was a closer affair and Maryland had a 7-4 lead with 16:25 on the clock, but UVA kept the potent offense scoreless the rest of the way and scored six unanswered goals to take the 10-7 win.
Seniors Lauren Cohen and Kelly Kasper both scored two goals in the loss.
Weymouth added three more goals against the Terps and also had an assist.
Scouting The Cavaliers
Virginia enters the game at 3-0 and is 1-0 in the ACC with the win coming at Virginia Tech.
The Cavaliers are coming off of a 13-8 win against No. 4 Syracuse in Charlottesville.
UVA lost the services of three All-America performers in Kate Breslin, Jess Wasilewski, and Jessy Morgan.
This season, Virginia is led by Ashley McCulloch with five goals and nine assists. Brittany Kalkstein and Megan O'Malley lead the team with eight goals apiece.
Kalkstein was the 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year. She also leads the team with nine ground balls and 11 draw controls.
Blair Weymouth has played in two of the three games this season but does not have a start. She scored all five of her goals this season against the Orange.
Kendall McBrearty allows 6.99 goals per game and has saved 52 percent of the shots she faced.
Maryland is 29-16 all-time against Virginia.
The Cavaliers have won the last eight meetings.
Last 10 Meetings:
April 27, 2007: Virginia 10, Maryland 7 (ACC Tournament/Chapel Hill, N.C.)
March 13, 2007: VIRGINIA 15, Maryland 4
March 7, 2006: Virginia 14, MARYLAND 9
April 29, 2005: Virginia 15, Maryland 11 (ACC Tournament/Baltimore, Md.)
March 8, 2005: VIRGINIA 15, Maryland 8
April 23, 2004: Virginia 9, Maryland 7 (ACC Tournament/Chapel Hill, N.C.)
March 9, 2004: Virginia 10, MARYLAND 8
May 16, 2003: Virginia 9, Maryland 8 (NCAA Semifinals/Syracuse, N.Y.)
April 20, 2003: Maryland 11, VIRGINIA 6 (ACC Tournament/Charlottesville, Va.)
March 11, 2003: Maryland 11, VIRGINIA 8
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Back On The Sideline
This will be head coach Cathy Reese's first game on the sideline with the team this season.
She has not traveled with the team for their first three games at UMass, Boston College, and Duke due to her pregnancy.
Reese is due to give birth to her third child, a girl, on March 11.
Protect This House
Maryland was a perfect 9-0 in College Park in 2007, going 5-0 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, 3-0 at Ludwig Field, and 1-0 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
The last perfect season Maryland had in College Park was in 2001.
The Terps beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation last year at home. They defeated No. 2 Duke, 19-18, on March 3 at Ludwig Field and knocked off top-ranked North Carolina, 8-6, on March 24 at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland has not lost at home since April 5, 2006 against Georgetown - an 11-10 setback.
The Terps are 149-14 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 10 perfect seasons in that span.
Records of home and away games are incomplete from 1974-89.
The Terps, whose 10 seniors is tied for the most in the country, are getting a lot of production from their leaders this year.
The senior class has accounted for 59 of the 80 points scored in Maryland's three games - or 74 percent.
Seven of the Terps' 12 starters in those games were seniors.
The Magic Number
Since Cathy Reese took over in 2007, Maryland is 17-1 in games the Terps score 10 or more goals.
Maryland went 15-0 last year in those games and is 2-1 to start this season.
The Terrapins' first loss when scoring 10 or more goals in the Reese era came on Saturday in a 14-13 loss at Duke.
The Terps were 1-4 in games that they did not score double-digit goals in 2007.
Dobbie, Kasper Recognized By Inside Lacrosse
Seniors Dana Dobbie and Kelly Kasper were recognized as two of the top 20 players in the country by Inside Lacrosse. The publication listed Dobbie as the No. 3 player in the country while Kasper came in at No. 7.
The Terrapins were the only team in the ACC with two players named on the list.
Maryland was just one of two teams with two players listed in the top 10. Northwestern had three recognized and four overall. Penn and Notre Dame were the only other programs with multiple players on the list, both with a pair ranked in the top 20.
Dobbie racked up numerous awards last season as she was the 2007 ACC Player of the Year, a first team All-American, and a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. She led the team with 39 ground balls and 79 draw controls and her 3.95 draws per game ranked fourth in the country. Dobbie was also second on the squad with 53 goals and 69 points while forcing 24 turnovers on the defensive end, a number that ranked third on the team.
Kasper, a two-time All-American and All-ACC selection, posted 26 goals and 22 assists last year. Her assists ranked second on the team while her 31 caused turnovers were the most for the Terps. Kasper, a dominant presence on both ends of the field, also recorded 28 draw controls and 24 ground balls.
The two seniors were named tri-captains for the 2008 season along with fellow classmate Katie Pumphrey.
The pair was also named first-team preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse.
Trio Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
Seniors Dana Dobbie and Kelly Kasper and sophomore Caitlyn McFadden were all named to the Tewaaraton Watch List.
Dobbie was a finalist last season for the Tewaaraton Trophy, handed out each year to the best lacrosse player in the country.
Assosciate head coach Jen Adams and volunteer assistant coach Katie Chrest both won the Tewaaraton in their playing days.
Adams was the first ever recipient of the honor in 2001 while Chrest earned it at Duke in 2005.
Maryland will feature one of the most experienced rosters in the nation in 2008 as 10 seniors are packed onto the team.
Only one other team can boast that number and it is Robert Morris of the Northeast Conference.
Only five other schools have eight or more seniors on their rosters as Drexel, Iona, LeMoyne, and Oregon all list eight while James Madison currently has nine.
Included in the Terps' senior class is:
Dana Dobbie - 2007 ACC Player of the Year, first team All-American, finalist for Tewaaraton Trophy, tri-captain
Kelly Kasper - Two-time All-American, two-time All-ACC, tri-captain
Katie Pumphrey - Tri-captain, second year starter on defense
Allie Buote - Three-year starter in goal
Lauren Cohen - 33 goals, 15 assists in 2007
Casey Magor - 49 goals, 35 assists in last two seasons as a starter
Katie Princiotto - 40 goals, 26 assists in last two seasons as a starter
Maryland is the only team in the country to have three different countries, excluding the United States, represented on its roster.
Senior Casey Magor and freshman Sarah Mollison both represent Australia and were members of the 2005 World Cup championship team. Magor is from Adelaide while Mollison hails from Melbourne.
Freshman Laura Merrifield joins the Terps this year from Hertfordshire, England and is a member of the English national team.
Senior Dana Dobbie heads north to Ontario, Canada when she needs to go home. She too is a member of her country's national team.
Maryland's roster features three sister combinations this season.
Freshman Sara Cooper joins older sister Lynne on the squad in 2008. Both are from Ellicott City and graduated from Centennial High School.
Freshman Brandi Jones and sister Brittany, a junior, join Maryland this season. The Jones' hail from Poway, Calif. Brittany transferred from Cal Poly where she played club lacrosse and helped her team to a pair of national championships.
The final sibling combo on the team is Meredith and Taylor Zanelotti. Meredith is a freshman this year while Taylor is a senior who rejoins the team after not playing in 2007. Both are also from Ellicott City and graduated from River Hill High School.
Terps Go 2-0 In Massachusetts
Maryland opened the season with a pair of wins against UMass and Boston College last weekend.
The Terps beat the Minutewomen, 18-7, on February 23 at McGuirk Stadium. The game was pushed back a day due to snow.
Senior Kelly Kasper scored a career high six goals in the Terrapins' season opener.
Sophomore Caitlyn McFadden also recorded career highs in goals and points with four and five, respectively.
On the next day, Kasper shared the wealth and established a new career high with six assists and tied her personal best with nine points.
Senior Lauren Cohen chipped in with five goals and an assist while classmate Dana Dobbie also had five goals to go along with five draw controls.
McFadden had two goals and an assist while senior Allie Buote was credited with seven saves in the cage, including six in the first half.
Senior midfielder Kelly Kasper was named the ACC, Inside Lacrosse, and WomensLax.com Player of the Week after recording nine goals and seven assists in Maryland's first two games of the season on February 23-24. The Eldersburg, Md., native tied the school record with six assists in the Terps' victory at Boston College on February 24.
Kasper, a captain and member of the Tewaaraton Watch List, opened the season with a career-high six goals at UMass on February 23. She also added an assist, ground ball, draw control, and caused turnover in Maryland's 18-7 win.
The next day in a 23-10 rout of Boston College, Kasper shared the wealth as she set a new career high with six assists while scoring three goals of her own. The nine points she recorded matched her previous best while the six assists tied the school record. She also racked up four draw controls, two ground balls, and forced a pair of turnovers.
Three Terps Named To US Touring Team
Three Maryland women's lacrosse players were named to the United States touring team that will represent the country in the upcoming Prague Cup in the Czech Republic in June. Former Terrapins Quinn Carney and Acacia Walker were named to the roster while sophomore Caitlyn McFadden will serve as an alternate.
Maryland is one of three schools in the nation to have three student-athletes named to the 24-woman list. Northwestern has three women on the 18-woman roster while North Carolina has two on the roster and one alternate. A total of seven programs had two women represented on the team.
McFadden is the youngest player to be named to the 24-woman list, representing the class of 2010. As one of the top freshman in the country last season, she scored 18 goals and added 17 assists for one of the most potent offenses in the nation. She finished third on the Terps squad with 29 draw controls, fourth with 21 caused turnovers, and fifth with 27 groundballs. McFadden was named to the WomensLacrosse.com All-Rookie Team and was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team.
Carney and Walker are two of the best ever to go through the Maryland program. Carney, a 2001 graduate, was a two-time All-American and All-ACC honoree. She won four national championships while in the red and black and was named to the all-time ACC team. Carney ranks third all-time at Maryland with 110 assists, fourth with 272 points, and fifth with 162 goals.
Walker, a 2005 graduate, was also a two-time All-American and All-ACC selection. She racked up 108 goals, 77 assists, and 185 points in her collegiate career. Her assist number is tied for eighth all-time at Maryland.
Reese Makes ACC History In 2007
Head coach Cathy Reese, in her first season at the helm of the Terps program, was named the 2007 ACC Coach of the Year. It was the first time in conference history that a mentor earned the award in their first season as head coach.
Reese and associate head coach Jen Adams revitalized the Terrapins last season, whose 16 wins were the most since 2003 and who advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2004.
The Terps started the year 13-1 with wins over No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Duke at home.
The Maryland offense ranked eighth in the nation last year with 14.25 goals per game.
Maryland was perfect at home for the first time since 2001 with a record of 9-0.