April 13, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After staking claim to its third-straight ACC regular-season title Saturday, the No. 2 women's lacrosse team will play host to Johns Hopkins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Terps held fourth-ranked North Carolina to a mere eight goals as Maryland (14-0, 4-0 ACC) clinched the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Blacksburg, Va. Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored her league-leading 50th goal of the year while reigning ACC Player of the Week Laura Merrifield had a hat trick.

Parking for Tuesday's mid-afternoon contest will be free at Lot 11b after 2 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS

• Johns Hopkins is 5-8 on the year after dominating Fresno State, 19-0, in its last outing.

• The Blue Jays are led by Candace Rossi, who paces the Hopkins' offense with 24 goals.

• Julianne Wisner and Lizzie O'Ferrall platoon the goalkeeping duties.

• Maryland is a spotless 10-0 against JHU all-time.

SERIES HISTORY

Last 10 Meetings:

March 17, 2008 - Maryland 16, JHU 8

March 21, 2007 - JHU 15, Maryland 22

April 9, 2006 - Maryland 14, JHU 11

April 9, 2005 - JHU 10, Maryland 12

April 10, 2004 - Maryland 14, JHU 11

April 12, 2003 - JHU 4, Maryland 19

April 13, 2002 - Maryland 13, JHU 8

April 14, 2001 - JHU 5, Maryland 24

April 15, 2000 - Maryland 16, JHU 3

April 28, 1979 - JHU 1, Maryland 17

TERPS CAPTURE ACC REGULAR SEASON CROWN

• If there were any lingering doubts what this year's Maryland women's lacrosse team is capable of, they were erased Saturday, as the second-ranked Terps captured its third-straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship with a win over No. 4 North Carolina, 13-8, at a rain-soaked Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

• The Terps have been the top seed in the ACC Championship every year in Reese's three-season stint as head coach at Maryland.

• It was the first time in program history that the Terps have been the top seed in the ACC Championship for three-straight seasons.

• The Maryland defense, which allowed 12 shots in the first half, permitted only six Tar Heel opportunities in the second period.

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.

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 23-1 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 163-15 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 10-0 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.

• 63 percent (205 points) of the Terps' scoring comes via the freshman and sophomore classes. The youth have also been responsible for 63 percent (140g) of the goal scoring.

• Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson leads Maryland in goals with 50 while sophomore Sarah Mollison is first in points (58).

 

FAST START

• Maryland, compliments of its 14-0 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.

 

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.