Hopkins women lose in Division III semifinal

May 22, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- For the first 15 minutes of yesterday's Division III national semifinal, the third-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team dictated the tempo and offense.

Then, however, second-ranked William Smith seized the pace, picked up its defensive pressure and generally harassed the Blue Jays (16-1) to capture an 11-9 victory at Byrd Stadium.

The Herons (17-0) will meet top-ranked Trenton State, the defending national champion, in today's title game. The Lions (14-0), behind six goals from sophomore attacker Jennifer Mazzucco, beat fourth-ranked Middlebury, 13-8, breaking open a second-half tie with a 6-1 run.

The Blue Jays' effort in this year's semifinal was a vast improvement over last year, when they lost, 20-9, to the Herons.

"Last year, we were lucky to be here. This year, we were prepared and we belonged here," said sophomore Jenn Ward, who played part of the second half with a broken nose.

"I think we gave them absolute fits. They had to think twice about us," said Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker. "My team gave everything that they had, but I think William Smith was a little bit better than us. We'll be back."

Hopkins jumped out to a 4-2 lead, as senior attacker Rebecca Savage, the Blue Jays' leading scorer, scored three first-half goals, two in the first 2:45, as the Herons allowed her to roam free inside the 8-meter arc.

From then on, however, the Herons shadowed Savage, usually with Kerry Pfeiffer, limiting her to one more goal, a score off a free position midway through the second half.

"The first two goals were uncontested. They didn't even double down on me," said Savage, who scored four goals on 14 shots. "After that, there were immediate double teams on me, and I had a hard time getting free. If you're going to play a player like me, that's the way to do it."

Said Pat Genovese, the William Smith coach: "They were going for the fast break, and running 50 yards and scoring. We helped them [defenders] to make the switches. Kerry did a great job on Savage. She can really hold her own."

Sarah Daniels, the William Smith goaltender, turned back 19 shots, many point-blank. Sophomore midfielder Kristen McCarthy scored four goals on five shots to lead the William Smith offense.

"Sarah Daniels did a tremendous job. We were a half-step too slow, and we were giving them too much running room and open shots. Sarah kept coming up big," Genovese said.

William Smith 11, Johns Hopkins 9

Johns Hopkins 5 4 -- 9

William Smith 7 4 -- 11

Trenton State 13, Middlebury 8

Middlebury 6 2 -- 8

Trenton State 7 6 -- 13

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