COLLEGE PARK - The suspense did not last long yesterday at Ludwig Field as Maryland's Jen Adams, its two-time national Player of the Year, became the No. 1 scorer in the history of women's collegiate lacrosse just 4:07 into the first half of the Terps' NCAA tournament game against Monmouth University.
Adams' personal achievement overshadowed the Terrapins' 23-9 victory over tournament newcomer Monmouth in the opening round of the Division I tournament.
Maryland will play host to ninth-seeded James Madison on Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Dukes pulled off the only upset of the day with their 11-8 win at eighth-seeded Virginia.
"I don't really focus on those individual things, especially coming into these big games," Adams said. "I think the focus has to be on the team.
"This [record] is really a reflection of the hard work and teamwork we have at Maryland. My coaches and teammates are like mentors out there for me. This really goes back to them."
The Australian native tied the previous record of 420 points, set by Delaware's Karen Emas, with her first goal of the game at the 27:32 mark, and broke the mark with an assist on a goal by Allison Comito.
Adams finished the day with a game-high 11 points, with her four goals and career-high seven assists increasing her career point total to 430.
"That's awesome," Maryland coach Cindy Timchalsaid of the record. "I think it's exciting for Jennifer and a real tribute to the type of commitment and all the wonderful things she's done in the past four years and we thank her for that."
Adams' record aside, things were not all that much fun for the top-ranked Terps (20-0) in the first half as the Hawks (12-8) played spiritedly and were behind by only 8-7 at intermission.
Monmouth 7 2 - 9 Maryland 8 15 - 23
Goals: MA-Comito 5, Egan 5, Adams 4, Carney 4, Hobbs 3, Coppedge 2; MO-Bryan 4, Brown 3, Salveson, Cherill. Assists: MA-Adams 7, Hobbs 3, Carney 2, Coppedge 2, Comito, Lambert. MO-Salveson, Sydio. Saves: MA-Venechanos 1, Solomon 8; MO-Makris 6.