Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Who is the all-time, career scoring leader in N.C.A.A. Division I lacrosse?
With 445 points, Jen Adams leads all lacrosse players, men and women, as the N.C.A.A. Division I career scoring leader. Not surprisingly, she also holds the single season scoring record among both men and women amassing 148 points in 2001. Adams starred for the University of Maryland from 1998 through 2001 leading the Terrapins to four straight National Championships including two perfect seasons, posting a 21-0 record in 1999 and a 23-0 record in 2001.
However, Adams was not just a volume scorer; she was also a gamer who stepped up in the biggest moments and when the lights were brightest. In 2000, during the second half of a tightly contested National Championship match against Princeton, she exploded for 5 goals and 5 assists leading the Terrapins to a 16-8 title victory. A four time All-American, Adams also was named the National Attacker of the Year in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and the A.C.C. recognized her as its Female Athlete of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
Okay, the picture of the Maryland and Princeton Men's Lacrosse Teams squaring off in their 1980 match is a bit of a red herring, but for the uninitiated, it is a great lacrosse action photo, and with the huge crowd as a backdrop, it provides a sense of the energy and enthusiasm lacrosse fans have for their sport, enough to pack a sixty thousand plus stadium back in 1980.
For those who are interested, Lyle Thompson is the all-time N.C.A.A. Division I Men's career scoring leader. He played for UAlbany from 2012 through 2015, and during his four years with the Great Danes, he accumulated 400 points. He also holds the N.C.A.A. Men's single season scoring record with a 128 point campaign in 2014. A two-time winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, in 2014, he shared the award with his teammate and brother, Miles Thompson. The following year, after Miles had graduated, Lyle won the trophy again, this time without his older brother.
Jen Adams is considered to be the best female lacrosse player ever and simply one of the best lacrosse players of all time. In 2001, she broke the gender barrier, and became the first woman ever to receive the prestigious and much coveted Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded each year to the nation's best college lacrosse player. In 2001, the Washington Power selected her in that year's college draft giving Adams the distinction of being the only female ever drafted into the National Lacrosse League. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
A native of Adelaide, South Australia, Adams cut her lacrosse teeth with the Brighton Lacrosse Club. She first showed glimpses of her future brilliance when, in 1995, at the age of 15, she played for Australia's National Team which went on to win the U19 World Championship. After college, she returned to the Australian National Team captaining them to the Women's Lacrosse World Cup Title in 2005.
After assistant coaching stints with Denver University and her alma mater the University of Maryland, Adams was hired in 2008 as head coach of Loyola Maryland where she continues to run a successful program. In 2016, she was named first-ever head coach of the Baltimore Ride, who participated in the inaugural season of the United Women's Lacrosse League.
In the video above, you can enjoy highlights of Jen's playing career as her former Terrapin teammate, assistant coach, and friend, Cathy Reese pays tribute to Adams upon her 2012 induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. For the hardcore lacrosse players and fans, the video below is an instructional film in which Adams and fellow lacrosse legends Katie Chrest and Dana Dobbie share some of their lacrosse tricks and techniques.