Retooled JMU gears up for Terps

History, veteran lineup in UM's favor, but midfield providing Dukes optimism

Women's notebook

March 31, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Although Maryland hasn't lost to James Madison since 1976 and the Terrapins lead the all-time series by a whopping 27-1, the Terps expect a battle when they take their No. 1 show on the road to Harrisonburg, Va., tomorrow.

"They played us to overtime last year here," said Terps coach Cindy Timchal, of Maryland's 12-11 come-from-behind victory at Byrd Stadium, "and they do generate a lot of fan support because they have a lot of players from Maryland. We know going down there is going to be a tough task."

While Maryland returns every starter, including National Player of the Year Jen Adams, the Dukes graduated some significant players, including All-America attack Megan Riley (South River), who tallied seven points against the Terps last year.

However, four veteran midfielders -- Jess Marion (South River), Amy Brew (Annapolis), Kristen Dinisio (Centennial) and Julie Martinez -- have picked up the slack, combining for 72 goals going into yesterday's game with George Mason. Marion had scored 27.

"We've lost those kinds of kids in the past, too," Timchal said, "and had other players who stepped into those situations and played very well. Jess Marion has been doing a lot of damage, scoring a lot of goals. Once Megan left, it was her time to step up. She's really been keying a lot of their success."

Hens not feeling blue

Delaware is off to its best start since 1983, when the Blue Hens went on to win their lone NCAA women's lacrosse championship.

Back then, the Blue Hens opened with a 12-0 winning streak. They are halfway there now, improving to 6-0 after Saturday's 14-13 upset of then-No. 2 James Madison.

In recent years, the Blue Hens have had great success, winning three straight America East Conference championships and 25 straight conference games, but they have fallen just short of making the NCAA tournament.

The No. 9 Blue Hens are dominated by players from Maryland, including senior co-captains Christy Buck (Mount de Sales) and Kelly Swift (Mercy).

Going into today's game at Ohio State, Buck is one point shy of reaching 100 for her career with 72 goals and 27 assists. Two Blue Hens have already reached the milestone this season, Sarah Edwards and Megan Fortunato.

Buck's former Sailors teammates, Kate O'Connell and Brooke Mulligan, also are contributing to the Blue Hens' success as are Corinne Shuck (Broadneck) and Morgan Clute (Loch Raven).

Scoring leaders

Maryland's Adams ranked first in the nation in points a game after the NCAA released its first Division I women's lacrosse statistics earlier this week.

Adams averaged 6.13 points through the Terps' first eight games.

She is followed by Dartmouth's Jacque Weitzel (Garrison Forest) with 5.5, Virginia Tech's Dawn Will (Dulaney) with 4.8 and Maryland's Allison Comito, 4.63.

Weitzel ranked first in goals a game with 4.75 followed by Will with 4.6, Adams with 3.88 and JMU's Jess Marion with 3.8.

Boston College's Lauren Miller (Roland Park) leads the nation in assists a game (3.0) followed by Johns Hopkins' Erin Wellner (2.43).

Noteworthy debuts

Muhlenberg's Lynsey Caldwell (Glenelg) scored seven goals in her first college game, a 23-9 triumph over Kean, setting a school freshman record for goals in a game.

Towson's Kristyn Krastel (North Harford) earned America East Rookie of the Week honors after beginning her career with three goals and an assist in a 12-4 loss to George Mason.

She leads the Tigers in scoring with 11 goals and six assists.

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