Terps shoot for No. 50, title today Streak on line vs. Virginia after 13-4 semifinal romp

ACC women's tournament

April 20, 1997|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 50 could be the hardest to get.

The women's lacrosse team from Maryland ran its historic win streak to 49 games yesterday with a 13-4 victory over Duke in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The Terps will have to be on top of their game for today's championship, because Virginia surely is.

The Cavaliers beat upstart North Carolina, 9-6, yesterday in the first semifinal, and coach Julie Myers' team is in a pretty good mood.

Last Wednesday, Virginia (12-3) scored an overtime victory over previously unbeaten Loyola, No. 2 in the Brine Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. Against No. 3 North Carolina yesterday, the Cavaliers avenged one of their losses, and they can do the same today on their own Artificial Turf Field.

No. 1 Maryland, the nation's lone unbeaten, stopped the Cavaliers, 6-5, here March 19.

"We're on a roll," Myers said. "We beat the No. 2 team and now the No. 3 team. We have momentum going into [today's final]."

Before the semifinals, Virginia had talked of the mistake it had made before its regular-season game at North Carolina (11-2), which has risen to an NCAA tournament-caliber team despite being in only its second year. The Cavaliers said that they had taken the Tar Heels lightly in what turned out to be a 5-4 North Carolina win, but that wasn't a problem yesterday in a game of runs.

Virginia took a 3-0 lead, but North Carolina rallied and went ahead 5-4 with 3: 55 to go in the first half on the third straight goal by Amy Fine, a senior midfielder from Mount Hebron. The Cavaliers ran off the next three goals, however, and rode a strong second half from junior goalie Heather Castle (Notre Dame Prep).

Jessica Hull (Broadneck), Peggy Boutilier (Roland Park) and Samm Taylor had two goals each for the Cavaliers.

In its semifinal, Maryland (12-0) jumped on top 3-0, allowed one goal, then disposed of Duke (4-8) with an 8-0 run, before coach Cindy Timchal emptied her bench.

The Terps, who had a 32-14 bulge in shots on goal, got four goals from junior midfielder Sascha Newmarch and three from freshman midfielder Christie Jenkins. Senior midfielder Sarah Forbes, the ACC Player of the Year, had two goals and three assists.

Maryland hasn't lost since the 1994 NCAA title game, when it was beaten by Princeton. The Terps haven't lost in the regular season since March 23, 1993, when they lost to Virginia here. The Terps handled the Cavaliers in the NCAA final last year, and the coach was asked about facing a team that's on a roll.

"Well, I guess we are, too," Timchal said.

Pub Date: 4/20/97

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