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Four-Seed Terps Open NCAA Tournament against Robert Morris on Friday

#4 Maryland (12-5) vs Robert Morris (8-11)

May 10, 2024

Field hockey and lacrosse complex

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COLLEGE PARK, MD The No. 4 seed Terps open the NCAA Tournament this Friday against Robert Morris at noon at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Plus. On the other side of the region, we’ll see Penn State and James Madison, both regular-season opponents for Maryland, at 3 p.m. The winners of each competition will meet in the second round on Sunday, May 12 at 12:30 PM

Parking is free in Lot 11b for both Friday games. Tickets can be purchased here. Admission is free for the first 100 students with a valid ID.

Where we are

  • Maryland looks to face Robert Morris for the 34th consecutive time in the first round on Friday.
  • The Terps enter the tournament with an overall mark of 12-5 with six wins over top-25 teams and three wins over top-5 teams, including then-No. 5 Syracuse, No. 2 James Madison and No. 2 Michigan.
  • This will be the first ever confrontation between the Terps and the Colonials.
  • With the fourth seed in the tournament, the Terps are looking to make a strong run with top players Meghan Ball, Shaylan Ahearn and Eloise Clevenger who all earned First Team All-Big Team honors.
  • Maryland finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 road record. The Terps finished conference play 4-2 with wins against Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan and Johns Hopkins.
  • To compress Emily Sterling were selected as Tewaaraton nominees at the end of the regular season.
  • Maryland led the conference with eight All-Big Ten honorees. Ahoor, Ball and Clevenger were named to the first team. Five Terps – Edmondson, Leubecker, Kennedy Major, Libby May and Sterling – were selected to the Second Team, the most in the Big Ten. Julia Hammerschlag received Sportsmanship Team honors.
Victoria Hensh

Victoria Hensh celebrating after goal against Rutgers, April 27, 2024

Championship facility

  • The The Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex completed renovations this fall, completing a comprehensive facility upgrade, transforming the existing 5,500-square-foot facility into a 17,193-square-foot team house.
  • The facility features larger, separate locker rooms for field hockey and women’s lacrosse student-athletes with spacious team rooms with all-new technologies, a larger sports medicine room with new rehabilitation and recovery equipment, including hydrotherapy room, a signature lobby to recognize and celebrate the championships and success of celebrating both programs, a relocated fan entrance for easy access to the complex seating areas and a second-floor addition with coaching offices and meeting rooms.
  • This season, Terp Nation set a new attendance record at the complex with 2,400 attendees on April 6.
WLAX Game Record image: 2,400 fans

New attendance record for a women’s lacrosse game on April 6, 2024

Highlights of 2024

  • Hanna Leubecker leads Maryland in scoring with 47 goals. She ranks second in points behind Eloise Clevenger, who leads the team in points (73) and has 49 assists. She is averaging 2.9 assists per game, which leads the Big Ten, and 4.3 points per game, which ranks fifth in the conference. Her average number of assists per game ranks ninth in the country.
  • Maryland’s ‘Defender U’ defensive unit currently ranks second in the conference and eighth in the nation in defensive ratings (8.82). They have forced 20 shot clock violations in 17 games.
  • Chrissy Thomas has added 21 points in her last five games, from 12 goals and nine assists. The senior matched her season-high five points (3G, 2A) against Princeton in the regular season finale.
  • Meghan Bal has been a dominant presence on the Terps’ defense. She ranks second in the conference in turnovers caused per game (2.10) and fifth in ground balls per game (2.0).
  • Emily Sterling continues her excellent play in net for the Terps. She owns the fifth-best save percentage in the country at .526. Sterling leads the conference in saves per game (9.80).
  • Clevenger is now sixth all-time in assists in a single season (49) after surpassing Kelly Amonte (1996) and looks to continue rising in the rankings. She is two assists away from passing Aurora Cordingley (2022) and three from Alex Aust (2012).
Chrissy Thomas

Draw queens

  • Shaylan Ahearn, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, continues her dominant play in the center circle for the Terps. After taking a large majority of regular-season draws, Ahearn and the Terps have a 62 percent winning percentage, sixth-best in the country.
  • Ahearn ranks third all-time in career draws (406) and fifth in the Big Ten with 5.00 draws per game. She wants to be second all-time in career draws, as she is 15 behind Kali Hartshorn (2017-2020).
  • Ahoor, Meghan Ball and Shannon Smith are responsible for 81 percent of the 254 lottery checks. Ahearn leads the team with 85 draws, followed by Ball with 64 and Smith with 57. Ball ranks eighth in the conference with 3.76 checks per game, while Smith is 10th with 3.35.
Midfielder Shaylan Ahearn (24)Maryland Women's Lacrosse in Princeton at Sherrerd Field in Princeton, NJ on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Brieanna Andrews/Maryland Terrapins

Dominance under Reese

  • Head coach Cathy Reese is in her 18th season at the helm of Maryland women’s lacrosse. The winningest coach in program history, Reese is 329-46 as a head coach and has led the Terps to five national championships, 12 Final Fours and 22 Conference Championships.
  • Maryland is 171-11 at home under Reese, with eight undefeated home campaigns in the past eleven seasons (2013, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’21).
  • Reese is the fifth all-time winningest active head coach and the sixth all-time winningest coach in Division 1 women’s lacrosse at 359-75. Former Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal is the winningest lacrosse coach of all time with 578 wins.
Head coach Cathy Reese.  (1) Maryland Terrapins vs.  (3) Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the championship game of the 2022 Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Tournament at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ.  on Sunday May.  8, 2022.

ncaa tournament history

  • The Terrapins earned their 34th consecutive trip (1990-2023) to the dance this Sunday.
  • Maryland has won four of the last nine National Championships, the last coming in 2019. The Terps lead the nation with 39 NCAA appearances and are also tops in wins (79), championship games (22) and NCAA titles (14). The Terps are making their 33rd straight postseason appearance.
  • The Terps have made 12 of the past 14 Final Fours dating back to 2009. Below Cathy Reese, Maryland has five national championships (2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019). Reese is 41-11 at Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, making 12 Final Fours and eight championship games.
  • Maryland has won eight straight first-round games and earned eight bye weeks. The Terps have never lost in the first round under Reese.
WLAX NCAA Champs 2019 team photo

Maryland Terrapins NCAA Champions, May 26, 2019