Terps hoping for no repeat of history in weekend tourney

Women's notebook

April 21, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland will try not to let history repeat itself when it plays host to this weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Ludwig Field in College Park.

Two years ago, North Carolina beat the Terrapins during the regular season and went on to eliminate them in the ACC tournament semifinal. This season, the No. 6 Tar Heels (9-4) also won the regular-season meeting with the No. 1 Terps, 14-13, in triple overtime in Chapel Hill.

Since then, the Terps (13-1) have won 12 straight games. Wednesday's 13-5 win at No. 19 William & Mary was their 10th of the season over a ranked team.

Still, the Tar Heels have beaten Maryland more over the last five years than all other teams combined. Since their first team took the field in 1996, the Tar Heels have won three of eight meetings with the Terps, who during that stretch are 92-5 overall and have won every national championship.

Last year, the Terps nipped the Tar Heels, 19-17, in overtime in the semifinal and then beat Virginia, 13-5, for their second ACC title.

The Tar Heels, with 12 Baltimoreans, including top scorers Kellie Thompson (St. Mary's) and Meghann Mohler (Catonsville), are the top seed for this weekend's tournament. They face Duke in tomorrow's 1 p.m. opener.

Although Duke is ranked No. 3 nationally and beat North Carolina for the first time this season, the Blue Devils are seeded fourth.

The Terps are seeded third. Before they can think about a possible rematch with the Tar Heels in Sunday's 1 p.m. title game, they will have get past No. 8 Virginia (10-4) in tomorrow's 3 p.m. semifinal.

Maryland has enjoyed overwhelming success against the Cavaliers in recent years, winning 11 straight, including three of the last four national championship finals and two ACC finals.

After a 17-8 regular-season victory last month, the Terps moved ahead, 23-7, in the all-time series.

Maryland's Jen Adams, who leads Division I with 6.21 points a game, contributed nine points to the win over Virginia. The sophomore is one of three Terps ranked among the Top 10 point-getters in the nation this week. Allison Comito (4.07) is tied for fifth, and Quinn Carney (3.93) is seventh.

Division III divas

Salisbury State's Jen Mezzadra (Parkville) and Goucher's Lauren Manekin (Park) rank among the top scorers in Division III, according to lax.com.

Mezzadra, whose Sea Gulls (10-2) are ranked seventh in Division III this week, is tied for fourth among points leaders with 69, and Manekin is in a tie for sixth with 67.

Mezzadra's 58 goals rank her second; Manekin (57), who led Division III in goals last week, is third.

'Hounds rebound

Loyola made a four-spot leap to No. 7 in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association Division I poll.

Last week, the Greyhounds had fallen to No. 11 despite a six-game winning streak. The surprising free fall finally stopped after the Greyhounds (12-2) upset then-No. 3 James Madison, 12-10, in the Colonial Athletic Association final on Sunday.

The Greyhounds have won 10 straight as they head into the final eight days of the regular season. They host No. 11 Delaware tomorrow, No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday and No. 1 Maryland on April 29.

Gators take five

The College of Notre Dame won its fifth straight Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference lacrosse championship last weekend with a 12-5 victory over Mary Baldwin in the final.

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