Terps skip first round of NCAAs Women prepare to defend their title

May 04, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- After gaining the second seed in the six-team NCAA tournament yesterday, Maryland needs two wins to become the first women's lacrosse team to repeat as national champions.

The Terrapins (12-1) and top seed Virginia (13-1), the only teams ranked No. 1 this season, received byes into the Division I semifinals, which will be held at Byrd Stadium on May 15. Maryland lost to the Cavaliers, 11-9, earlier this season but has since won 11 straight.

"A team never wants to lose, but I think we learned from that loss," said Terps head coach Cindy Timchal, who is 40-5 at Maryland. "Virginia starts seven seniors and we start four freshmen, so I think they were more prepared to beat us then. I think there is a fine line between No. 1 and No. 2 now."

Johns Hopkins (12-2), the only other area women's team in postseason play, qualified for the eight-team Division III tournament. The Blue Jays will play host to Denison (13-2) of Ohio on Saturday at Homewood Field.

With a victory, Johns Hopkins would advance to the Division III final four, to face either William Smith (N.Y.) or Rowan (N.J.) at Byrd.

Maryland, which won the title last year as the No. 2 seed, will play the winner of the Princeton and Penn State game. The Terps defeated Penn State, 14-7, Saturday at State College, Pa.

"The advantage of being one of the two top seeds is that you don't have to play in the first round," Timchal said. "We can scout our opponent next week and then we focus on them."

The Terps have not finished below second in the NCAA tournament the past three seasons.

Maryland was the host for the NCAA final four in 1987, a season in which the Terps ended three straight years of not finishing below second and failed to repeat as national champions.

Harvard (12-2) and Dartmouth (13-2) round out the field of six. The winner of that game plays Virginia.

WOMEN'S DIV. I TOP 15

No. School ........ ........ Record Pts.

1. Virginia ....... ........ 13-1 45

2. Maryland ....... ........ 12-1 42

3. Princeton ...... ........ 13-2 39

4. Harvard ........ ........ 12-2 36

5. Dartmouth ...... ........ 11-3 33

6. Penn State ..... ........ 11-4 30

7. Loyola ......... ........ 11-5 27

8. Old Dominion ... ......... 8-6 24

9. Vermont ........ ......... 9-4 21

10. William & Mary ......... 10-6 18

11. New Hampshire .......... 10-5 15

12. Temple ....... .......... 9-6 12

13. Cornell ...... .......... 8-6 9

14. Brown ........ .......... 8-6 6

15. Drexel ....... ......... 12-3 3

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