No. 1 Terps begin drive for fifth straight crown

Maryland faces Georgetown in quarterfinal tomorrow

Women's notebook

May 07, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland may already be considered the women's lacrosse team of the decade, but a win in tomorrow's national collegiate quarterfinal would put an exclamation point on that.

Cindy Timchal's No. 1 Terrapins have been to the final four every year in the 1990s. Only once, in 1993, have they fallen short of reaching the title game.

This year, the Terps are going after a fifth straight crown.

Riding a 25-game winning streak, the Terps (17-0) play host to No. 8 Georgetown at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ludwig Field in College Park. The Hoyas (11-5) are coming off their first NCAA tournament victory, 7-6 over No. 9 North Carolina, in Wednesday's first-round game.

In their last meeting on April 14, the Terps beat the Hoyas, 21-9, at Kehoe Field in Georgetown behind a career-high six goals and nine points from Alison Comito.

In the six-game series history, the Hoyas have never beaten Maryland.

Nation's best

Seven women with local connections rank among the Top 10 point-getters in NCAA Division I.

Maryland's Jen Adams leads the nation with a 5.61 average and 101 total points. James Madison's Megan Riley (South River) stands second at 5.44, followed by Denver's Nicole Wittelsberger (Dulaney) with 5.17.

Georgetown's Sheehan Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) is fifth with 4.76. Dartmouth's Jacque Weitzel (Garrison Forest) ranks seventh at 4.57, followed by Villanova's Meghan Doyle (Maryvale) with 4.56. Johns Hopkins' Danielle Maschuci ranks 10th with 4.5.

Few Division III connections

The top four teams in the Division III tournament all hail from up north and they include few Baltimore connections.

Second-seeded Middlebury, of central Vermont, and fourth-seeded William Smith, of New York, have one local player each. Middlebury's Missy Hopkins, a Garrison Forest graduate, is a senior defender at Middlebury who helped the Panthers (14-0) win the national title in 1997. Rebecca Armiger, a Centennial graduate, ranks fourth among the Herons (14-1) in scoring with 42 goals and 12 assists.

Park graduate Kara Silberg, an All-American last year at Franklin & Marshall, is an assistant coach for fourth-seeded Bowdoin in Maine. Top-seeded and defending champ College of New Jersey, which has won 10 Division III titles, has no one on the roster from Maryland.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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