COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by Tewaaraton finalists Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann, top-seeded Maryland opens its 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship slate with a second round battle against Stony Brook Sunday at noon.
The Terps (19-0) had last weekend off after defeating North Carolina to capture their fifth-straight ACC tournament title. Maryland is seeking its first national championship since the 2010 season and its 12th overall. The Terps fell to Northwestern in the semifinals last season after defeating Massachusetts and Loyola in the first and quarterfinal round, respectively.
The NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament expanded from 16 teams to 26 teams beginning in 2013. It is the most significant expansion of the championship field since 2001, when the total number of tournament teams rose to 16 from eight.
Tickets for individual NCAA tournament games at College Park are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
Scouting The Terps
Maryland faces Stony Brook in the second round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Sunday at noon.
2013 Maryland Terrapins: 19-0, 5-0 ACC (IWLCA #1, Inside Lacrosse #1)
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 the top scoring offense 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.
Maryland and the NCAA Tournament
Maryland leads the nation with 29 appearances in the tournament. The Terps are also tops with 51 wins, 16 championship game appearances and 10 NCAA titles.
No. 1-seed Terps Take on Stony Brook
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