VILLANOVA, Pa. - The quest for a 12th national championship concludes Sunday when top-seeded Maryland battles North Carolina in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Terps (22-0) edged Syracuse 11-10 to land t in their nation-leading 17th NCAA title game.Kelly McPartland tallied three second half goals to lead Maryland offensively while a stellar defensive effort held the Orange scoreless the final 18:31 of the contest.
No. 3 seed North Carolina (17-3) upset Northwestern 11-4 Friday night to punch its ticket to the championship game.
Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park April 6 and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill April 28.
Scouting The Terps
· Maryland hopes to win its first national championship since 2010 when it faces North Carolina Sunday.
· Alex Aust has led the Maryland attack with team-highs in goals, assists and points. She is joined by Brooke Griffin and reserves Kristen Lamon and Halle Majorana to form one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, averaging over 15 goals per match in 2013.
· Maryland’s deepest position is certainly the midfield where it returned eight players from last year’s squad including all-everything Katie Schwarzmann, who spent the majority of the offseason training with the U.S. women’s national team in preparation for the 2013 FIL World Cup. Freshman Taylor Cummings has made a seamless transition to the college game and leads the Terps in draw controls.
· The Maryland defense is led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza. Other key contributors to the back is senior Melissa Diepold, sophomores Shanna Brady and Megan Douty and rookie Alice Mercer.
· Senior Kasey Howard has worked hard to fill the void left by four-year starter Brittany Dipper in the goal. She has four double-digit save performances, including a career-best 14 against Penn State.
Scouting The Tar Heels
· North Carolina dropped Northwestern 11-4 to advance to the national championship game.
· Tewaaraton finalist Kara Cannizzaro leads the Tar Heels with 57 goals and 20 assists. Abbey Friend is a quality finisher for the UNC offense with 47 scores in 2013.
· Five players boast 20 or more draw controls, led by Jessica Griffin’s 39.
· Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill.
Maryland and the NCAA Tournament
· Maryland leads the nation with 29 appearances in the tournament. The Terps are also tops with 54 wins, 17 championship game appearances and 10 NCAA titles.
· Maryland is competing in its NCAA-best 21st final four.
The Terps Advance to Title Game
· Kelly McPartland scored three second half goals to lead top-seeded Maryland to its 17th NCAA title game with an 11-10 victory against Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Friday.
· Maryland reaped the benefits of six different goal-scorers on the day and put on a staunch defensive effort in the second half, holding Syracuse scoreless in the final 18:31 of play.
Schwarzmann Lands in 300 Club
· With a four-point showing against Syracuse in the national semifinals, Katie Schwarzmann is now a member of Maryland’s elite 300-point club.
· The senior is third in points (301) in Maryland career annals.
Maryland Tops Duke, Advances to Final Four
· Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust led top-seeded Maryland to a 14-9 victory over Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
· Aust recorded five goals and added two assists. The Sterling, Va., native also moved into third all-time in points (119) in single season history at Maryland.
· Defensively, senior Kasey Howard recorded seven saves in the cage. Aust, Katie Schwarzmann and Taylor Cummingscombined for 10 ground balls. Cummings and fellow freshman Alice Mercer led the way with two caused turnovers each.
#Drive4Five – Terps Claim Fifth-Straight ACC Crown
· No. 1 Maryland topped North Carolina 12-8 to capture its fifth-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Fetzer Field.
· The Terps were led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. Katie Schwarzmann - who was named ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for the second straight season – tied a championship game record with four assists against the Tar Heels.
· In addition to Schwarzmann, Beth Glaros, Aust, Griffin, Cummings, and Howard were tabbed to the all-tournament team.
Four Terps Named IWLCA First Team All-Americans
· Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were named IWLCA First Team All-Americans.
· The IWLCA will honor the 48 National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on May 25, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.
Terps Stymie Stony Brook in Second Round
· A stellar defensive effort vaulted top-seeded Maryland past Stony Brook 11-3 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
· Brooke Griffin led Maryland with four goals while senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust pitched in with four points on two goals and two assists.
· Senior Iliana Sanza led the way for the backline with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
The 20-Win Club
· With its win against Stony Brook, Maryland notched its eighth 20-win season in program history and its fourth in the last five seasons.
· Maryland also won at least 20 games in 1997 (21), 1999 (21), 2000 (21), 2001 (23), 2009 (21), 2010 (22), and 2011 (21).
Aust, Schwarzmann Named Tewaaraton Finalists
· Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust were named finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, announced Thursday.
· Maryland has had three players earn the highest honor in collegiate lacrosse by being named Tewaaraton Award winners.
· In addition to three winners, the Terps have had 12 finalists in the 11-year history of the award including Quinn Carney(2001), Kelly Coppedge (2003, `04), Kelly Kasper (2008), Dana Dobbie (2007, `08) McFadden (2009), Sarah Mollison (2011), Schwarzmann (2011, `12, `13) and Aust (2013).
· The 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The reception begins at 6:30pm and the ceremony will start at 8pm.
Six Terps Snag IWLCA All-Region Accolades
· No. 1-ranked and undefeated Maryland had six student-athletes selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region Team.
· Seniors Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Iliana Sanza and freshman Taylor Cummings were all named to the First Team All-South Region, while redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Alice Mercer earned second team honors.
A Terrapin Sweep!
· Katie Schwarzmann, Iliana Sanza, Taylor Cummings, and head coach Cathy Reese earned 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse individual postseason honors, as announced by the league office.
· Schwarzmann and Sanza each won their second straight offensive and defensive player of the year honor, respectively. Cummings was tabbed freshman of the year and Reese snagged her sixth career coach of the year award.
· With a 22-0 record, Maryland is seeking to complete its fifth undefeated season in program history.
· The Terps were also unbeaten in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2001.
· Maryland fell in the national semifinals to North Carolina in 2009 to thwart a perfect season.
Five Terps Land on All-ACC List
· The No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed five student-athletes on the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team.
· Katie Schwarzmann headlined the list, becoming only the third player in league history to be named All-ACC four times in a career. She was joined on the list by fellow seniors Alex Aust and Iliana Sanza, redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Taylor Cummings.
Terps Clinch Top Seed in ACC Tourney with Win vs. #2 North Carolina
· The No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a 14-13 victory against No. 2 North Carolina.
· The Terps were led by senior Katie Schwarzmann and freshman Taylor Cummings, who recorded five and four goals, respectively. Brooke Griffin added three assists.
· Kasey Howard was spectacular in goal, tallying a double-digit save performance with 11. Cummings led the way with six draw controls and Alice Mercer added three in a breakout performance for the rookie defender.
· Maryland has been fortunate to have steady leadership from an eight-member senior class in 2013.
· The class is led by returning IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Katie Schwarzmann and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza.
· Other returning senior starters include Alex Aust and Melissa Diepold. Kristen McAfee, Sam Barber, Kasey Howard andCamilla Hayes round out the group.
· The class has helped Maryland to four ACC championships, three NCAA Final Four berths and an incredible 84-7 record.
Aust, Howard Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust and senior goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their work against Princeton and Dartmouth.
· Aust tallied nine goals and five assists in a pair of wins for No. 1 Maryland last week to help the squad complete an unbeaten home regular season slate. Against No. 13 Princeton on Wednesday, the senior was one of four Terps to tally a hat trick and also added a ground ball and a caused turnover in a 15-9 win over the Tigers.
· Howard recorded 16 saves in two wins over Princeton and Dartmouth last week. She registered six stops against the Tigers Wednesday and tallied her fifth double-digit save performance of the year with 10 saves against Dartmouth on Sunday.
#Operation2k – A Success!
· The Terps set a new attendance record for a lacrosse game at the FH & Lax Complex with a crowd of 2,347 against North Carolina.
· The mark bested the previous top crowd of 2,214 against North Carolina in 2007.
Schwarzmann Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week, for her work against No. 2 North Carolina.
· Schwarzmann led Maryland with five goals in a 14-13 victory over No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the ACC regular season championship. The senior hit 5-of-6 shots on the day.
· It is the seventh career weekly award for Schwarzmann, who has five offensive honors and two defensive honors.
Schwarzmann Snags Career Goal #200
· With her second tally in a five-goal showing at Towson, Katie Schwarzmann became only the fourth player in Maryland history to record 200 career goals.
· Schwarzmann joins Jen Adams (267), Karri Ellen Johnson (236) and Kelly Coppedge (219) as Terps with 200 or more scores.
Be the Best? Play the Best.
· 13 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents.
· The Terps have recorded eight wins against top-10 ranked foes and four in the top five, including North Carolina (2) and Syracuse (2).
Schwarzmann Snags ACC Weekly Honor
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, for her work against Boston College and Stony Brook.
· Schwarzmann was key in No. 1 Maryland’s defense on the weekend as the Terps held back-to-back opponents to a combined eight goals on just 16 shots. Schwarzmann marked Boston College’s Mikaela Rix, holding her to one shot and zero goals in the 13-5 win over the Eagles.
· The native of Sykesville, Md., was also tasked with defending No. 18 Stony Brook’s Demmianne Cook, who entered the week as the nation’s leading goal scorer. Schwarzmann held Cook without a goal or shot in an 8-3 victory. The reigning Tewaaraton Award winner also added four goals and two assists on the weekend.
Balanced Attack Leads Terps Past #7 Penn State
· A total of 10 Terrapins registered at least one goal Saturday as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team handled No. 7 Penn State 20-10 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
· Maryland was led in scoring by Alex Aust and Brooke Griffin who tallied four goals apiece as the Terps turned in one of their most complete performances of the young season. Aust added four assists and now has 38 points in the last four games. The senior is one of only eight players in program history to record 100 assists.
· Freshman Taylor Cummings added five points on two goals and three assists.
Aust Snags ACC Weekly Honors Again
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her work against UMBC and Penn State.
· Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, notched 19 points in a pair of wins against UMBC and No. 7 Penn State. Against the Retrievers, the senior from Sterling, Va., racked up a career-best 11 points – one shy of the Terrapin single-game record – including a program record seven assists.
· Maryland is outscoring foes an incredible 330-180 this season. The Terps are averaging 15.2 goals per game.
· The offense has tacked 20 goals on the scoreboard twice in 2013.
· Maryland has scored first in 16 of 22 games in 2013.
· Three times the Terps have scored within the first 45 seconds of the game, including twice with less than 20 seconds elapsed.
Aust Racks up ACC, National Honors
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and Nike National Player of the Week for her effort against Virginia and Hofstra.
· Aust racked up 19 points in two games to help No. 1 Maryland stay perfect in 2013. The senior tallied five goals and five assists as the Terrapins defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10 on the road for their third-straight win over a top-10 foe. The 10-point total is tied for the third highest in Maryland single-game history.
Terps Rout #6 Virginia on the Road
· Fueled by a career-high 10 points from senior Alex Aust, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10.
·Aust tallied five goals and five assists – tying the third-highest point total in Terrapin single-game history – as Maryland dropped its third straight top-10 ranked foe. Sophomore Kristen Lamon added a career-best four goals.
·The Terps have now scored 15 or more goals in each of their four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as Maryland picked up its seventh straight win over the Cavaliers.
· Alex Aust has been downright awesome in 2013, tallying a massive 123 points on 69 goals and 54 assists.
· The senior has 273 points in her career and her 131 assists are third all-time in Maryland career annals.
· She nearly beat her freshman point total (9g, 3a) versus UMBC alone (4g, 7a) this season. She had more points through six games in 2013 (43) than she did her entire sophomore season (42).
· 11 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come on the road.
Terps Drop #4 Duke in Home Opener
· Brooke Griffin notched three goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team past No. 4 Duke 15-6 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
·The Terps were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.
Griffin Named ACC Player of the Week
· Maryland midfielder Brooke Griffin was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for her work in the Terps’ victory against No. 4 Duke.
· Griffin, a redshirt sophomore from Annapolis, Md., tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists to help the Terps remain perfect in 2013 and drop its second-consecutive top-five ranked opponent.
Howard at Home in Cage
· Kasey Howard has been steady as a rock at goalie for Maryland this season.
· The first year starter has allowed 167 goals while tallying 126 saves in 2013. She’s recorded double-digit saves five times, including a career-best 14 against No. 7 Penn State and most recently 10 against Dartmouth.
Terps Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann and goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their work against Syracuse.
· Schwarzmann was also named Nike National Player of the Week.
Terps and Team USA – A Winning Combination
· Caitlyn McFadden and Katie Schwarzmann will represent the University of Maryland as members of the 18-player Team USA roster at the 2013 FIL World Cup.
· Schwarzmann, a senior midfielder and the reigning Tewaaraton winner, is one of only two current collegiate players on the roster, joining Danielle Etrasco from Boston.
· McFadden, a former Tewaaraton winner and current assistant coach with the Terps, was a midfielder on the 2009 national team which won gold in Prague.
· Sophomore Kelly McPartland also spent extensive time with the national team this offseason.
Defense Remains Intact
· All four starters from Maryland’s stellar defense in 2012 will return this season.
· Led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza, the Terps will hope to jump start one of the top offenses in the country again this season.
· Also returning is senior Melissa Diepold and sophomores Megan Douty and Shanna Brady.
Protect This House
· Maryland is 72-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.
· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past six seasons. The Terps are 211-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.
Head Coach Cathy Reese
· A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her seventh season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, two Tewaaraton Award winners, seven Tewaaraton finalists, 27 All-Americans, and 26 All-ACC selections
• 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010 and 2011 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
• Guided Denver to school-record 16 wins in 2006
• Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
• 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player