#1 Terps Head to William & Mary Wednesday
March 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team concludes a three-game road swing with a 4 p.m. tilt at William & Mary Wednesday.
Maryland (9-0, 3-0 ACC) was defensively stout last weekend, holding Boston College and No. 18 Stony Brook to eight goals combined in a pair of wins on the road. Maryland is outscoring opponents 146-73 in 2013.
William & Mary is 2-5 overall after falling to Virginia its last time out.
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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 Tribe
· Opponents are averaging 15 goals against the Tribe in 2013.
· Three players have tallied double-digit goals including Kyrstin Mackrides (20), Taelor Salmon (15) and Ellen Shaffery (10).
· The Terps toppled the Tribe 19-8 in the season opener in 2012. Katie Schwarzmann led the way with five goals.
Defense is Electric in Wins at Boston College, #18 Stony Brook
· The Terps defeated the Eagles 13-5 for their third ACC win of the year Saturday and stymied Stony Brook 8-3 Sunday.
· Taylor Cummings led the Terps with four goals against BC while Katie Schwarzmann tallied a hat trick vs. the Seawolves.
Balanced Attack Leads Terps Past #7 Penn State
· Maryland was led in scoring by Alex Aust and Brooke Griffin who tallied four goals apiece as the Terps turned in one of their most complete performances of the young season. Aust added four assists and now has 38 points in the last four games. The senior is one of only eight players in program history to record 100 assists.
· Freshman Taylor Cummings added five points on two goals and three assists.
Aust Snags ACC Weekly Honors Again
· Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, notched 19 points in a pair of wins against UMBC and No. 7 Penn State. Against the Retrievers, the senior from Sterling, Va., racked up a career-best 11 points - one shy of the Terrapin single-game record - including a program record seven assists.
· The offense has tacked 20 goals on the scoreboard twice in 2013.
Maryland Drops UMBC 17-10
· Three times the Terps have scored within the first 45 seconds of the game, including twice with less than 20 seconds elapsed.
Aust Racks up ACC, National Honors
· Aust racked up 19 points in two games to help No. 1 Maryland stay perfect in 2013. The senior tallied five goals and five assists as the Terrapins defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10 on the road for their third-straight win over a top-10 foe. The 10-point total is tied for the third highest in Maryland single-game history.
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 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 208 points in her career and her 103 assists rank seventh all-time in Maryland career annals.
· She nearly beat her freshman point total (9g, 3a) versus UMBC alone (4g, 7a) this season. She had more points through six games in 2013 (43) than she did her entire sophomore season (42).
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.
Schwarzmann Has a Day in the Dome
· The midfielder is now fourth all-time in career goals with 189. She's averaging nearly a hat trick per game for the top-ranked Terps.
Howard at Home in Cage
· The first year starter has allowed 64 goals while tallying 60 saves in 2013. She's recorded double-digit saves three times, including a career-best 14 against No. 7 Penn State.
Terps Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Schwarzmann was also named Nike National Player of the Week.
· 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 65-2 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 205-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.
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