Top-seeded Maryland rolls into the NCAA tournament looking to extend some of the most impressive streaks in any college sport.
The Terps are in the NCAA tournament for a record 30th time and 25th consecutive time. No other women's lacrosse team has won more NCAA championships (10), more consecutive championships (seven) or more tournament games (54). They also have the record for most appearances in the title game (17).
Maryland, whose program dates to 1974, has won 11 national titles; the first came in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1981, a few years before the NCAA took over women's intercollegiate athletics and the AIAW ceased to exist.
Although the Terps haven't won the national title since 2010, they have gone into the tournament as the No. 1 seed four of the last five years. A year ago, they fell to North Carolina in the longest NCAA tournament game ever played, 13-12 in triple overtime.
That victory made North Carolina only the fifth program to win the title since 1991. Harvard won the 1990 title and after that, Maryland (nine), Northwestern (seven), Virginia (three) and Princeton (three) had a chokehold on the championship until the Tar Heels won their first title a year ago.
Maryland opens tournament play Sunday at noon in College Park, taking on the winner of Friday's 4 p.m. game between No. 13 Penn and Canisius, which will also be played at Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Princeton's McMunn sets Ivy League tourney record
Winters Mill graduate Erin McMunn leads No. 17 Princeton with 40 goals this season — 15 more than her closest teammate — and she boosted that number in a hurry with an Ivy League tournament record seven goals in the semifinals.
The junior attacker outscored Cornell in the 12-5 victory. She contributed four goals in an opening 6-1 run and was assisted on all of her goals.
I was really lucky the kids were looking to hit me … and the shots were falling," McMunn said in a postgame interview on the Tigers website. "Honestly, I think it was all about opening up, setting a pick for me that I happened to come off and get lucky to be the open one. We were really working well together … and looking for those feeds inside, and I just happened to get a little lucky with seven of them."
McMunn, who led Winters Mill to state titles her junior and senior year and played for the world champion 2011 U.S. under-19 team, is a two-time All-Ivy League attacker and was the Attacker of the Year as a sophomore.
She also scored three goals in the Ivy League final, a 9-6 loss to Penn on Sunday. Two came on feeds from Erin Slifer (South Carroll), a junior midfielder who registered her 100th career point with one of those assists.
Louisville's Faye Brust (John Carroll) is tied for second in the nation in goals per game with 3.72. … Denver's Jill Remenapp (Century) leads in assists per game with 2.53, followed by Johns Hopkins' D'Amore with 2.47. … Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki (Hereford) extended her single-season NCAA record for draw controls to 216 (12.71 per game). ... Denver's Hannah Hook (Severn) ranks second in Division I in save percentage at .528.