Towson State, the defending champion, and No. 1 seed, opened a 5-1 lead, then turned to a delay game to thwart the upset bid of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 8-5, in the semifinals of the ninth annual East Coast Conference women's lacrosse tournament at Towson yesterday.
Delaware, a four-time titlist, set up a rematch of last year's final when it pulled away from Drexel in the second half for a 14-6 triumph in the other semifinal. The two winners will play for the title today at 1 p.m.
Senior Kelly Bush, the ECC's leader in assists (37) and points (50), led Towson State (8-6) with four assists, three of them in the first half. UMBC trailed, 5-2, at the half, and the two teams alternated second-half goals.