Loyola, Hopkins in women's tourneys

May 10, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The Loyola and Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse teams will begin marches Saturday that could lead to national championships.

Loyola (15-2), ranked No. 3 in the latest Division I poll, will entertain Harvard (10-3) Saturday at 1 p.m., according to seedings for the six-team tournament announced yesterday by the NCAA. A victory will send the Greyhounds into a May 21 semifinal against Maryland (10-0), which got a first-round bye as the top-seeded team.

In the eight-team Division III tournament, third-seeded Johns Hopkins (15-0) will oppose Denison (12-2) Saturday at 11 a.m. at Homewood Field. The winner will face the Franklin & Marshall-William Smith winner in the semifinals May 21.

"I like No. 3," said Hopkins coach Janine Tucker, noting that No. 1 Trenton State and No. 2 William Smith deserve the top seedings. "It's good to be in the top four because it gives us the home-field advantage."

Loyola coach Diane Aikens is relieved the Greyhounds are in the tournament after the selection committee picked them seventh for the six-team event each of the past two years.

"I felt our heart had been ripped out when we didn't make it in 1992," Aikens said. "We were the only team to beat No. 1 Harvard, and we lost to Maryland by a goal and to No. 2 Virginia by two.

"Last year, we deserved to be seventh. We lost all our big games."

Spurned in 1991 because of its 9-7 record, Loyola last made the tournament in 1990, reaching the Final Four and losing to Maryland in the semifinals.

"It was partly as a result of making the Final Four in 1990 that we got the top recruits who are seniors now, like Tara Kramer, Gina Roberts, Erika Mawhorr and Betsy Given," Aikens said. "We have 10 seniors, and nine start."

Loyola beat Harvard, 11-10, April 9 at Curley Field. It'll be the same site Saturday, and Aikens considers that an advantage even though "it's tough to beat a team twice in the same season."

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