Terps' 21-game streak on line

No. 1 UM faces Carolina, last team to beat it, today

Women's notebook

April 24, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Maryland rolls into today's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., riding a 21-game winning streak. The Terrapins (14-0) haven't lost since last year's ACC semifinals.

They open the tournament with the team that knocked them out last year -- No. 6 North Carolina. Since that 12-10 loss, the Terrapins have beaten the Tar Heels twice, 14-9 in last year's national semifinal and 13-7 on March 7.

If the Terps, who won the inaugural ACC women's tournament in 1997, can get past the Tar Heels (7-5), they will play Duke or defending champ Virginia for the title tomorrow.

"We're really looking to make it all the way through the ACCs this year," said Terps midfielder Courtney Martinez (Loch Raven). "After each game, we decided to keep on raising the bar, because we know we can play better, so raising that bar is what we're planning to do during the ACCs."

That bar is getting pretty high.

At the end of last week, the four-time defending national champs led Division I in scoring offense (16.31 goals per game), scoring defense (5.92 goals per game), scoring margin (10.38 goals) and winning percentage. They are the only unbeaten team in Division I.

Jen Adams led the nation in points per game (5.46). Goalie Alex Kahoe had the best goals-against average (5.76).

Riley's records

Megan Riley (South River) owns all but one of the scoring records at No. 3 James Madison, and she is closing fast on the last one.

The senior broke the Dukes' mark for career goals Sunday. Her career goal total stands at 147, breaking the record of 139 that has stood since 1988. She holds Dukes career records for assists (103) and points (250).

Wednesday, Riley broke her record for points in a season, boosting the mark to 83. She also holds the record for single-season assists (35). With 48 goals, she is two away from reaching the only record she doesn't hold -- 50 set in 1994.

Also of note

Meghan Doyle (Maryvale) became Villanova's all-time leading scorer last week and has 124 career goals, surpassing the 6-year-old record of 120. With 49 goals this season, she is also nearing the single-season record of 51 she set last year.

Salisbury State's Jen Mezzadra (Parkville) broke the Sea Gulls' single-season records for goals (49) and points (58) last week.

Chrissy Lombard (Mount Hebron) has moved into third place on Boston University's all-time points list. The sophomore likely will shatter the record since she has 113 points and the current mark is 185. However, teammate Jen Manning (St. Mary's) could beat Lombard to the top since the junior ranks second with 144 points.

Pub Date: 4/24/99

ACC women's

tournament At Chapel Hill, N.C.

Today's semifinals (Seedings in parentheses)

* (1) Maryland vs.

(4) North Carolina, 1 p.m.

* (2) Duke vs.

(3) Virginia, 3 p.m.

Tomorrow's championship

* Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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