Maryland women overpower Loyola, 19-4

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

COLLEGE PARK -- Loyola women's lacrosse coach Diane Aikens got what she wished for yesterday -- but more than she bargained for.

Aikens had dared to hope for an up-tempo game with Maryland in the Division I semifinal, and she got it. What she and the Greyhounds (16-3) also got was a 19-4 pasting and their 14th loss to Maryland in the series history without a win.

"Maryland's capable of doing that to anybody. We knew they were capable of doing that, but we were hoping we had prepared for it," said Aikens.

The Terps (12-0) broke a 10-year-old women's record for most goals in an NCAA Division I tournament game, and the teams tied a record for most total goals in a contest.

"It's a very special feeling to walk off the field with a decisive win in the NCAA tournament," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "They certainly showed the heart and desire to win. This is nice, but we have another game to go."

The top-ranked Terps will meet second-ranked Princeton in today's championship game. The Tigers (15-1) beat third-ranked Virginia, 14-13, in overtime on a goal by sophomore midfielder Lisa Rebane with 1:38 remaining in the first overtime period. Former Roland Park star Jenny Bristow had two goals and two assists for the Tigers.

The Cavaliers (13-4) tied the game with three goals in the last three minutes of regulation.

Princeton's win sets up a rematch of last year's semifinal, in which the Terps were defeated, 7-6, on their home field. Maryland beat Princeton, 12-10, on the road two weeks ago.

The Maryland offense ran nearly to perfection, with runs of 10-2, 6-1 and 3-1 to beat Loyola for the second time in three weeks.

But unlike Maryland's 11-5 win at Loyola on April 26, which was tied at 3 through the first nine minutes, yesterday's game was never in doubt.

"We just felt if we stuck with our game plan, things would come our way. And they did, to our surprise. I think we caught them on a little bit of an off-day," said Timchal.

Said Aikens: "We didn't catch or throw, and that's something that's going to haunt me and the youngsters that are returning for a long time. Some of it may have been jitters. For a lot of our players, this is their first time here. Maryland has been through this, and they probably don't get the same butterflies."

Maryland senior Betsy Elder (Severna Park) was on target, scoring five goals on seven shots, to follow her six-goal effort in the earlier meeting with Loyola.

"I get a little bit excited playing Loyola. There's a couple of girls from my high school playing for them, and there are a lot of girls from Anne Arundel County playing for both teams. It's kind of a must-win game for all of us," said Elder.

In the process, Elder set a Maryland scoring record with 158 career goals, topping former player Anysia Fedec.

"It's great to break a record, but right now, I'm not even thinking about that," said Elder. "Records can be broken, but winning a national championship is something that no one can ever take away from you."

Maryland 19, Loyola 4 Loyola 2 2 -- 4

Maryland 10 9 -- 19

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