Maryland women look to add to championship legacy

May 12, 2011|By Katherine Dunn and Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

With No. 1 Maryland leading the charge into this weekend's NCAA Division I women's tournament, here's a look at some of the numbers that stand out from the Terrapins' spectacular tournament history.

The Terps are tops in these categories: championships (10), consecutive championships (seven), title-game appearances (17), years invited (26), games played (59) and games won (43).

In addition, 10 years after she graduated, Jen Adams, now Loyola's coach, still holds records for most points in a game (10), most points in one tournament (26) and most career points (69).

Five teams in this year's field have won titles — Maryland, Northwestern (five), Princeton (three), Virginia (three) and Massachusetts (one). Four teams— Maryland, Northwestern, Princeton and — have won all the titles since 1991. Harvard won in 1990.

Nothing conclusive for Maryland's Catalino and Cummings

Senior attackman Grant Catalino (broken hand) and junior midfielder Joe Cummings (right arm) returned to practice earlier this week, but their availability for Maryland's showdown with No. 8 seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday is still unclear.

"We got back on the practice field on Monday. But they're out there on the field with us," Terps coach John Tillman said of Catalino and Cummings, who are tied for the team lead in goals with 24 each. "What they're doing, I'll kind of keep under my hat here, but they're out there with us."

Rivalry renewed

When Bucknell visits No. 7 seed Virginia in an NCAA tournament first-round contest Sunday, a game within the game could feature the battle between Bison senior defenseman Alex Lyons (62 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers) and Cavaliers junior attackman Steele Stanwick (23 goals and 26 assists).

"He got the best of me in my senior year in the championship," Lyons said, referring to Stanwick's four-goal, four-assist performance in Loyola's 10-6 victory over Boys' Latin for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title in 2007. "I'm looking forward to matching up against Steele. He's a great player. I have a lot of respect for him. So I think it'll be a lot of fun."

Wanted: Towson coach

Towson athletic director Mike Waddell is leading the search for a successor to Tony Seaman, and Waddell said he would like to have someone in place by early June.

"If you look at who we hired as our next basketball coach [former Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry] and our women's golf coach [former Towson assistant Kate Stepanek], I want somebody who's very aggressive on the recruiting, high-energy, somebody that's going to cast the net far and wide," Waddell said. "We want to recruit Baltimore, we want to recruit Philly, we want to recruit Long Island, we want to recruit the whole Tri-State area on the East Coast. But lacrosse is a national game. It's growing, it's expanding, it's international. We can't limit ourselves to any one region because we want to get the best players and have them come in here and get a diploma and a ring."

Hofstra's record comes with caveat

Hofstra has set a program record with its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. But the school hasn't won in the tournament since beating Providence, 14-8, in the first round in 2006 — a span of four games.

"It's certainly motivation because it's motivation for every year," said coach Seth Tierney, who leads the Pride into a first-round showdown with third-seeded Johns Hopkins Saturday. " I'm certainly thrilled that this is the first time that a Hofstra University men's lacrosse team has been to the NCAA tournament four years in a row in its history. With that being said, we are 0-3 under my regime, and if we're going to start changing history with four years in a row, then I certainly would like to start with an NCAA win this Saturday at Hopkins."

Lack of postseason doesn't bother Mount St. Mary's

Mount St. Mary's 14-9 victory over Quinnipiac to capture the Northeast Conference tournament Sunday may not mean much in the grand scheme of things because the automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament doesn't take affect for the league until 2013. But that didn't detract from the achievement, according to coach Tom Gravante.

"Winning the first one is pretty special, and it also makes a statement that Mount St. Mary's lacrosse is playing well," he said. "I think the president has gotten behind us and pushed us to that primary level. There's still more that can be done, but we're another good team in the state of Maryland. Winning the first championship, it's wonderful, and I'm very proud of my players."

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