Terps Soar To No. 9 In NSCAA Poll
Sept. 5, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off the first-ever win over a top-five team in school history -- a 3-1 victory over No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 29 -- the Maryland womenís soccer team has shot up to No. 9 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll of Sept. 4. The ranking is the highest Maryland has received in the poll since it began the 1997 season as the No. 7 ranked team in the preseason poll.
"Obviously we are very flattered by the No. 9 ranking in the coachesí poll," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We hope we can continue to play like we did against Penn State and continue on the road of a No. 9-ranked team and get better as the season moves along."
Game Facts and Coverage
Game 4: Towson at No. 9 Maryland
2000 Records: Maryland: 2-1-0 (0-1-0 ACC), Towson: 3-0-0 (0-0-0 America East)
Series History: Maryland leads 1-0-0. Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 1992 - Maryland 12, Towson 0.
The Coaches: Maryland: Shannon Higgins-Cirovski (82-70-12/.537 overall/9th yr., 13-11-1/.540 at Maryland/2nd yr.) Towson: Leslie Kerhin (11-9-0/.550 overall/2nd yr., all at Towson)
Radio Coverage: Maryland: WMUC (88.1 FM) or on the Internet at www.wmuc.umd.edu. (talent: Jonathan Miller and Rishi Barran)
Game 5: No. 9 Maryland at Richmond
2000 Records: Maryland: 2-1-0 (0-1-0 ACC), Richmond: 1-1-0 (0-0-0 CAA)
Series History: First meeting.
The Coaches: Maryland: Shannon Higgins-Cirovski (82-70-12/.537 overall/9th yr., 13-11-1/.540 at Maryland/2nd yr.) Richmond: Peter Albright (208-115-26/.633 overall/20th yr., 47-34-4/.576 at Richmond/5th yr.)
The No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA poll is the highest ranking Maryland has received in four seasons, dating back to a No. 7 ranking to start the 1997 season. Overall, Maryland has been ranked for all of part of the season for the last eight years. Marylandís highest ranking came when the Terps were No. 4 midway through the 1996 season after Maryland reeled off 14 consecutive victories to start the season. Maryland played four games as the No. 4 team spanning Oct. 1-13, 1996.
Maryland has only been ranked higher during two previous seasons in 1996 and 1997.
Maryland In The NSCAA Rankings Year High Final 1993 14 NR 1994 15 NR 1995 9 9 1996 4 7 1997 7 19 1998 18 NR 1999 23 23 2000 9 ??
Records & Rankings
Maryland enters the Towson game with a 2-1-0 record after winning at Rutgers (1-0) and upsetting No. 4 Penn State (3-1) before falling to No. 22 Duke (2-1). Last season, Maryland was 11-10-1 and 4-2-1 in the ACC as it finished the season ranked No. 23 in the final NSCAA poll. The Terps advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year before losing to national semifinalists Penn State, 3-2 in the second round.
In the 2000 NSCAA poll, the Terps are ranked No. 9. In the other polls, Maryland is ranked No. 17 by Soccer Buzz, No. 19 by Soccer America, No. 16 in the American Soccer Writers poll and No. 24 in the SoccerTimes.com poll of Aug. 28.
Towson is 3-0 after defeating Georgetown (3-2 over OT), Lehigh (3-1) and Mount St. Maryís (2-1). The Tigers are not ranked in any polls.
Richmond is 1-1 entering this week's play. The Spiders defeated Pittsburgh (1-0) to open the season, then had their Sept. 1 game at UNC Greensboro cancelled due to lightning before losing to Duke (1-0) on Sept. 3 in their home opener. Richmond is not ranked in any polls.
Series Histories with Towson and Richmond
Maryland and Towson have met once on Sept. 16, 1992 with the Terps coming away with the largest margin of victory in program history, a 12-0 win. The 12 goals is also a Maryland single-game record.
Regional rivals Maryland and Richmond will be meeting for the first time this Saturday.
King Scores Early On
Sophomore Kim King (Media, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season in Maryland's third game against Duke on Sept. 1. It was Kingís fourth career goal with the Terps.
Three of her four goals have come during the Terps first three games of the season. Last season she opened her collegiate career scoring in her first two games at George Washington (Aug. 29, 1999) and against UMBC (Sept. 1, 1999). Kingís other collegiate goal came against William & Mary on Oct. 2, 1999.
King leads the Terps in total shots with even through three games.
Facing An Old Face
When the Terps meet Towson on Wednesday, they will be taking on a former Terp -- Tigers' head coach Leslie Kerhin.
Kerhin played three years at Maryland (1992-94) and finished her career with six goals and 15 assists for 27 points. Her career assist total still ranks fifth all-time at Maryland. Kerhin tied for the team lead in goals (5) and points (14) in 1993.
Kerhin is married to a former Terp men's soccer player Sean Wray (1991-94).
Wins Against Ranked Teams
The Terps picked up their first-ever win against a team ranked in the top five when they beat No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 29, 3-1. Previously, Maryland's only favorable result against a top-five team was a tie against then-No. 4 Connecticut when it battled to a 2-2 tie on Oct. 11, 1998.
All-time, Maryland has recorded 27 wins in program history against teams ranked in the Top 25, including four last season.
In 1999, then-unranked Maryland upset No. 9 Duke on Sept. 18 (4-3 in OT), No. 9 Clemson on Oct. 17 (2-1 in OT), No. 11 Wake Forest on Oct. 22 (1-0) and No. 21 Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals on Nov. 4 (2-1).
Over the past five years, dating to 1995, Maryland has picked up 23 wins against top 25 teams.
Prior to the win over Penn State, the highest ranked team that Maryland had ever upset was then-No. 7 Duke, when the Terps topped the Blue Devils, 2-1 in College Park on Oct. 1, 1995. Maryland has picked up seven other wins against top-10 teams and that tie against UConn in 1998.
Wins/Ties Against Top 10 Teams Oct. 8, 1993 Maryland 2, No. 8 William & Mary 1 Oct. 1, 1995 No. 12 Maryland 2, No. 7 Duke 1 Oct. 12, 1997 No. 19 Maryland 2, No. 9 Clemson 0 Nov. 7, 1997 No. 18 Maryland 2, No. 8 Duke 1 Sept. 18, 1998 Maryland 3, No. 9 Duke 1 Oct. 11, 1998 No. 24 Maryland 2, No. 4 Connecticut 2 Sept. 19, 1999 Maryland 4, No. 9 Duke, 3 (OT) Oct. 17, 1999 Maryland 2, No. 9 Clemson 1 (OT) Aug. 29, 2000 No. 23 Maryland 3, No. 4 Penn State 1
Gus Gets Revenge Vs. Penn State
After four losses, Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) was finally victorious against Penn State. She put an exclamation point on the victory with her first career hat trick.
Gustafson, who transferred to Maryland from Indiana prior to the 1999 season, had lost to the Nittany Lions by one goal on four occasions. And, all four matches took place at Penn State. As a member of the Hooisers in 1998, Gustafson lost to Penn State in a regular-season meeting, a Big Ten Tournament game and in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Last season with the Terps, Gustafson and Maryland were defeated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-2 in University Park.
Gustafson currently leads the team in goals (3) and points (6). Sheís second on the team in shots with six.
Viher Scores First, Assists First
Sophomore Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio) registered her first college goal in the win over Rutgers on Aug. 25. Viher had played and started in 22 games as a freshman, but did not score as she took six shots.
She is expected to play a more offensive role from the defense in 2000, which was demonstrated in the season-opener at Rutgers.
Viher continued the offense in her second game of 2000, as she picked
up her first college assist on Sara Gustafsonís first goal of the 3-1 win over Penn State. Viher fed a soft cross to Gustafson, who beat Penn State keeper Emily Oleksiuk in the low right corner.
Jarzyniecki Posts Two Assists
Sophomore Dana Jarzyniecki (Rochester, N.Y.) is also playing a more important part of the offense this season, as she has recorded assists in both Maryland wins.
She assisted on Carly Viherís goal in the Rutgers win and on the first goal in the victory over Penn State.
Serrins On The All-Time Lists
With a shutout in the season opener at Rutgers, Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) raised her career total to nine in three-plus seasons. That total ranked fifth all-time on the Maryland career shutout list.
Teammate Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.), who is redshirting in the 2000 season, ranks third all-time in career shutouts with 11.5.
Career Shutout Leaders 1. Heather Rowe (1988-91) 12 2. Missy Price (1993-96) 12 3. Ali Wolff (1997-Present) 11.5 4. Cailin Mullins (1990-93) 10 5. Riki-Ann Serrins (1997-Present) 9
Home Sweet Home
Maryland has made a habit of winning at Ludwig Field. The Terps hold a 44-14-3 record all-time in games played at Ludwig, dating to its construction in 1995. They have won 74.6 percent of the games in College Park.
Maryland has won four straight non-conference games at Ludwig and six of the last eight, overall.
New Faces Get Playing Time
Maryland's freshman class features two of the Baltimore-Washington area's biggest high school stars in 1999 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and Washington Post Player of the Year Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.). Both players made their collegiate debuts against Rutgers. Biscoe started and took four shots -- all on goal. Poulin came off the bench to gain valuable minutes.
Joining Biscoe in the starting lineup against Rutgers, was fellow freshman midfielder Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), who was a 1999 NSCAA high school All-American.
Other new faces on the 2000 roster are freshman back Jennifer Lovecchio (Vineland, N.J.), freshmen keepers Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) and Lynn Scharf (Woodstock, Va.). Ludwig teamed with Lovecchio in club soccer with the Medford Strikers, which won the New Jersey state titles in 1997 and 1998. Barnhill was named Central Virginia Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
Also joining the team as a walk-on is sophomore midfielder Sarah McClellan (Bowie, Md.). Playing at Division III Bridgewater College in Virginia last season, McClellan played and started in 17 games. She finished second on the team scoring with eight goals and five assists for 21 points.
"What's Up With Women's Soccer"
Maryland junior Debbie Lieberman (Commack, N.Y.) has been keeping a weekly journal about the womenís soccer team called ìWhatís Up With Women's Soccer.î It is posted on Maryland's website www.umterps.com under the features section on the home page and on the womenís soccer page.
In her most recent entry, Lieberman wrote about the Terps stunning win over Penn State.
WMUC Broadcast Information
Maryland's student radio station WMUC (88.1 FM) will broadcast eight Maryland womenís soccer games in 2000. A pregame show will air approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff. WMUC's broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet at wmuc.umd.edu.
2000 WMUC Broadcast Schedule Wed., Sept. 6 Towson 7:00 p.m. Tue., Sept. 12 George Washington 7:00 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27 George Mason 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 1 NC State 1:00 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6 Virginia 7:00 p.m. Wed., Oct. 11 Howard 5:00 p.m. Fri., Oct. 20 Florida State 7:00 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22 William & Mary Noon
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