Betsy Elder isn't the first Severna Park graduate to play women's lacrosse for the University of Maryland.
"And I'm sure I won't be the last," said the 20-year-old sophomore, who is the top scorer with 10 goals and an assist for the Terrapins, the nation's second-ranked team.
This year, Elder already has witnessed the arrival of freshman Hillary Kuker, her former Severna Park teammate whose 68 goals and 22 assists led last year's Falcons to their fifth straight Class 4A-3A state title.
Neither Kuker nor redshirt freshman Tami Riley has seenaction on the varsity. Riley is nursing a knee injury, but she hopesto play for the Terps next year.
In all, seven countians will be on the Terrapin roster at 2 p.m. Sunday when Maryland is host to fifth-ranked Temple. The Terps (4-0), who will be trying to gain their third win over a nationally ranked opponent, play top-ranked Harvard next Saturday (April 11).
In addition to the three Severna Park graduates, senior tri-captains Kim Terhost, a former St. Mary's High player, and Jennifer Fink, a Broadneck graduate, are midfielders for the Terps.
Fink (five goals, one assist), whose younger sister, Becca,currently stars for the Bruins, leads the unbeaten Terps in ground balls (12) and draws (eight).
Heather Powell, a junior from South River, and Erin Delaney, a sophomore from St. Mary's, are also membersof this year's Terrapins' program.
"Until Erin came in, I was theonly person from St. Mary's," said Terhost, 21, who came to Marylandfrom Slippery Rock (Pa.) University as a sophomore. "But I hear we're getting another good one next year."
That would be the Saints' All-County midfielder Randall Goldsborough, who has received a full scholarship to play lacrosse for Maryland next year.
"I talked to her when she visited (Maryland) and she was like, 'Oh my god, you went to my high school?' " said Terhost, who already has scored half as many goals (three) as she did during all of last season. "It's nice to know that I'm a part of St. Mary's little tradition here."
The Falcons' tradition at UM began long before Elder, Kuker and Riley landed. It includes former All-American Carin Peterson, now in her third season as the Falcons' head coach. And Broadneck graduate Leann Shuck, an All-American for the Terps last year, played two seasons at Maryland.
Peterson led the Falcons to back-to-back Class 4A-3A state titles -- their fourth and fifth straight -- and Shuck, a member of lastyear's 14-3 Terrapin squad, is in her first coaching season at her alma mater.
Peterson, who attended Maryland from 1986 through 1988,ranks eighth on the Terrapins' all-time scoring list in total points(158) for her career and sixth with 116 career goals. In Peterson's first season under then-coach Sue Tyler, the Terps went 15-4 and won the program's second national championship.
Peterson also ranks sixth in single-season goals (43), eighth in both career assists (42) and single-season points (68) and ninth in single-season assists (25).
In Coach Cindy Timchal's first season last spring, Shuck helped the Terps reach the NCAA finals for the second straight year. She ranked first on the team in total points (63), ground balls (59), draws (34) and assists (30), and third in goals (33) and shots on goal (84).Last year's assists and points have Schuck ranked third and 10th, respectively, on the all-time list. Schuck ranks ninth with 41 career assists.
The magnitude of county players' past accomplishments are not lost on Kuker, who has been taken under wing by Elder, last year's third-leading scorer with 25 goals and seven assists.
She has watched Elder, Terhost and Fink through Maryland victories over fourth-ranked Virginia, 5-4, then-fifth-ranked James Madison, 13-3, and 11th-ranked Delaware, 12-5.
Like Elder on the varsity, Kuker plays theattack position on the Terps' junior varsity squad.
"Betsy's got incredible skill in one-on-one situations, and just by watching her, I've learned so much," said Kuker, 18, who has scored nine goals in five junior varsity games.
"You play against different styles and with people from other states. The atmosphere and intensity level of practices here are just completely different from high school," Kuker said. "Betsy's great to have around, so I don't feel so (disoriented)."
Despite her impressive stats as a freshman, Elder recalled feeling the same way.
"Last year, I was really scared and intimidated,but once we started playing, it just left me."