April 9, 2009

Courtesy of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sporting a spotless 13-0 record, the No. 2 women's lacrosse team welcomes No. 4 North Carolina to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Saturday for an ACC showdown. The pivotal conference matchup is slated for noon.

Both Maryland (13-0) and North Carolina (11-2) head into Saturday's game with 3-0 records in ACC play this season. The squads had a chance for some early scouting of one another last weekend when they each pulled sweeps of No. 14 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State at the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus. Maryland's Laura Merrifield scored a career-high eight goals to furnish Maryland with its second-straight 20-goal outing in a win against the Nittany Lions on Saturday. Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson's six goals helped the Terps thwart an upset attempt by the Buckeyes on Sunday.

Maryland last dropped the Tar Heels in the ACC semifinals last season. The Terps jumped out to an early six-goal lead before holding on for a 6-4 win in Charlottesville, Va. The Terps lead the all-time series, 14-7.

Following Saturday's game, Maryland will remain home with a match against Johns Hopkins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in College Park.

TERPS AIM FOR 20th CONSECUTIVE DANCE
• Maryland returns hungry for a championship this season, aiming to land a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2009.
• The Terps ended the 2008 campaign with its highest win total since 2003 (18 wins) and suffered only three losses on the year, including one in the ACC Tournament and the other in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• Maryland returns four starters from a year ago, including All-American Caitlyn McFadden. Other returning starters include midfielder Amanda Spinnenweber and defenders Katie Gallagher and Karissa Taylor.

SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
• North Carolina rolls into Saturday's showdown with an 11-2 record after also pulling the sweep at the ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus last weekend. The Tar Heels defeated Ohio State (12-8) and Penn State (11-7).
• The fourth-ranked Heels opened the season with a thrilling win at Vanderbilt. UNC has lost to highly-touted Penn and Northwestern while defeating Oregon, Richmond, Denver, Virginia, Old Dominion, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
• Megan Bosica paces the Heels with 40 points (23g, 17a) while Jenn Russell is the scoring leader with 26 goals. Logan Ripley seals up the cage with an 8.40 GAA and 90 saves.
• Last season, Maryland dropped Carolina on two occasions, defeating UNC in Chapel Hill, 10-8, on April 12 before winning in the ACC semifinals in Charlottesville, Va. Kelly Kasper led the way with four goals in Chapel Hill, while Maryland jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in the tournament.
• The Terps lead the all-time series, 14-7.

SERIES HISTORY

Last 10 Meetings:
April 25, 2008 - UNC 4, Maryland 6 (ACC Tournament)
April 12, 2008 - Maryland 10, UNC 8
March 24, 2007 - UNC 6, Maryland 8
May 14, 2006 - Maryland 6, North Carolina 9 (NCAA Tournament)
April 15, 2006 - Maryland 9, UNC 11
April 16, 2006 - Maryland 7, UNC 14
April 17, 2005 - UNC 9, Maryland 11
April 18, 2003 - UNC 5, Maryland 13 (ACC Tournament)
March 2, 2003 - UNC 8, Maryland 10
March 3, 2002 - Maryland 11, UNC 13

TOPPING THE CHARTS - TERPS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
• The Terps have been invited to the NCAA Tournament a total of 24 times which is more than any other team in the country. Virginia, which is second, made its 21st appearance in the postseason.
• Maryland has played the most games in the tournament (51) and has the most wins with a 37-15 record. Virginia is second in games played with 46 while Princeton has 29 wins which is second.
• The Terps have won nine NCAA Championships which is five more than the second place team. Northwestern has won its first four national titles the last four seasons while Princeton and Virginia also have three to their names.
• Maryland has won the most overtime games in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 record.
• The Terps have more wins than any other two-loss team entering the tournament in NCAA history. Duke (2006), Hofstra (2001), and Lafayette (1989) previously had the most with 16-2 records.
• Maryland has the longest winning streak in NCAA Tournament history with 21 consecutive victories from 1995-2002 and have appeared in 16 title games, more than any other school.
• Heading into the 2009 campaign, Maryland has more wins than any other program in the country, totaling in at 495 and also boast the top winning percentage (.801).

TWO STEPPIN'
• In consecutive games, Maryland managed to top the No. 2 team in the country when they dropped Duke and Virginia.
• When ranked fifth, the Terps topped Duke at home before earning a No. 3-ranking the next week and defeating No. 2 Virginia on the road.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
• Maryland is 22-1 at home under third-year head coach Cathy Reese.
• 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.
• Maryland saw its home winning streak come to a halt at 17 games when they fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals to end the 2008 season.
• The Terps have won all four games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or No. 2 at home in the past three seasons and have done it in three different locations.
• The Terps are 162-15 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.

RANKED SCHMANKED
• Maryland put together a challenging schedule this season yet continues to roll right through it.
• The Terps are a perfect 9-0 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, including two wins over No. 2-ranked squads.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
• The underclassmen for Maryland have been nothing short of spectacular for Maryland this season.
• 62 percent (192 points) of the Terps' scoring comes via the freshman and sophomore classes. The youth have also been responsible for 63 percent (131g) of the goal scoring.
• Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson leads Maryland in goals with 46 while sophomore Sarah Mollison is first in points (55).br>

FAST START
• Maryland, compliments of its 13-0 record, is in the midst of its best start since 2001. That season, the Terps won the national championship en route to an undefeated record.
• This is the best start for the Terps under the tutelage of head coach Cathy Reese. Her previous best was in 2007, when Maryland jumped out to a 5-0 record before losing to Virginia.

ACC DOMINATION
• According to the latest Inside Lacrosse poll, four ACC squads are ranked in the top ten.
• Maryland is ranked second followed by UNC (4th), Duke (6th) and Virginia (10th).
• Maryland and UNC have claimed all but one ACC Player of the Week awards. The Terps lead the pack with four winners this season. UNC has three and UVA has one.

MERRIFIELD LANDS SECOND ACC P.O.W. AWARD
• Laura Merrifield was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 5. Merrifield led the No. 2 Terrapins to a perfect 2-0 week, including wins over No. 14 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State in the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge.
• The sophomore from Hertfordshire, England, erupted for a career-high eight goals as Maryland upended Penn State, 20-12 in the opener of the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge in Columbus last week. Merrifield's tally of eight was one-shy of the Terps' single game record, while she added one draw control and one caused turnover against the Nittany Lions.
• The midfielder scored two goals against Ohio State as Maryland moved to 13-0 on the year following a tight 17-16 victory.

JOHNSON WINS ANOTHER
• Freshman attacker Karri Ellen Johnson received her second WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week award of 2009 after two stellar performances against Penn State and Ohio State in the ACC/ALC Challenge the first weekend in April.
• Johnson notched two goals and five draw controls in the Terps 20-12 victory over 17th-ranked Penn State. Maryland then dropped 14th-ranked Ohio State, 17-16, in which Johnson led the Terp charge with six goals and six draw controls on the afternoon.

TERPS ROLL THROUGH ACC/ALC CHALLENGE
• Sophomore Laura Merrifield erupted for eight goals, including seven in the first half, to lift the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 20-12 win against No. 18 Penn State in the opening game of the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge on the campus of The Ohio State University.
• With the help of six goals from freshman Karri Ellen Johnson, the No. 2 women's lacrosse team escaped No. 14 Ohio State, 17-16, to conclude the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge.

JOHNSON SNAGS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
• Freshman attacker Karri Ellen Johnson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 29.
• Johnson helped pace the second-ranked Terps to three wins, including two over ranked opponents, No. 18 James Madison and No. 14 Stanford.
• The freshman from Annapolis, Md., tied a career-high with five goals against Towson on Tuesday, before eclipsing that mark with six goals at James Madison on Friday. The attacker also established career-bests with two assists and eight points against the Dukes.
• It was the first time since 2007 that a freshman garnered the award. Johnson was also tabbed womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Week.

KARRI'ing THE ATTACK
• Karri Ellen Johnson continues to shine in her freshman campaign.
• Johnson boasts a team-high 46 goals this season.

MARYLAND BLASTS THROUGH NO. 14 STANFORD
• Junior Brittany Jones had a breakout game, tallying a career-high six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team won an offensive battle against No. 14 Stanford, 20-12, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• The win ties Maryland's best start since 2003 when the Terps began their year with 11-straight wins before ending the season in the NCAA semifinals. Bri. Jones' six goal effort ties a season-high for Maryland as Karri Ellen Johnson scored six against No. 18 James Madison on Friday. Sarah Mollison added four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points. Brittany Poist paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Terp goalie Brittany Dipper made seven saves in the winning effort.

TERPS ROLL PAST NO. 18 JAMES MADISON, 17-7
• After netting five goals in a defeat of Towson on Tuesday, freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored a career-high six scores and eight points to lead the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 18 James Madison, 17-7, at the JMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.
• In total, 11 players tallied points for Maryland. Caitlyn McFadden tallied five assists while Amanda Spinnenweber, and Brandi and Brittany Jones all added two goals each to move Maryland to 10-0.

JOHNSON NETS FIVE AS TERPS TOPPLE TOWSON
• Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals on Tuesday to propel the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team to a win, 14-7, against Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• Johnson's five goals were a game-high and tied a career-best. Jones tallied a career-best six points on three goals and three assists. Jones and Caitlyn McFadden paced the Terps with three draw controls each.

DEFENSE TAKES CENTER STAGE IN WIN OVER BC
• A stingy Maryland defense granted only 12 shots as the second-ranked Terps women's lacrosse team upended Boston College, 10-5, in ACC action at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• Maryland was nearly perfect on clears, going 13-for-14 while Boston College was 10-for-17. The Terps also more than doubled Boston College's draw controls and ground balls output. Caitlyn McFadden scored a hat trick to lead the Terps. Amanda Spinnenweber wrapped up a team-high four draw controls and two assists. Laura Merrifield added five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'S
• The sister tandem of Brandi Jones and Brittany Jones has been solid for the Terps this season.
• Brandi Jones was named womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Week after she had a pair of four-point games and 11 draw controls against two ranked teams earlier this season. The sophomore has scored 24 goals and dished out 21 assists while starting in every game in the Maryland midfield.
• Brittany Jones has 20 goals and six assists for 26 points in her junior campaign with Maryland.