Maryland keeps its focus on Penn State

Timchal reminds players of other tourney upsets

Women's notebook

May 13, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With her No. 1 Maryland team an overwhelming favorite to win a fifth national championship, coach Cindy Timchal and her players take nothing for granted as the Terrapins prepare to meet No. 5 Penn State in a national collegiate semifinal tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Homewood Field.

"We don't forget things like what happened to Duke men's basketball or Tennessee women's basketball," said Timchal, of heavily favored teams that failed to win national titles earlier this year. "We recognize that you don't just go into a game planning to win. You go in to play.

"We have a whole lot of respect for Penn State. Their goalie [Megan Ames] made 20 saves against us and now they're really playing on top of their game. Beating Princeton [in the quarterfinal] is a huge tribute to where they're at right now."

The Terrapins beat Penn State, 12-8, in the season opener on March 2, but the Nittany Lions (15-4) scored an impressive 9-7 overtime upset of No. 4 Princeton on Saturday.

Princeton gave the Terps (19-0) their toughest test of the season on April 28, but Maryland pulled out an 8-7 win in sudden-death overtime.

ACC tournament?

For the second year in a row, three of the Division I final four hail from the Atlantic Coast Conference. After Maryland plays Penn State, No. 2 Virginia takes on No. 3 Duke at 8: 30 p.m. at Homewood Field.

ACC champ Maryland has beaten both of its conference rivals this season, although Duke was one of only two teams to hold the Terps' attack under 12 goals. The Terps edged Duke, 8-5, and beat Virginia twice, including 13-5 in the ACC tournament final.

If the Terps can get past Penn State, Sunday's 3 p.m. final would include two ACC teams for the third time in four years. Last year, Maryland beat Virginia, 11-5, in the title game.

Rookie sensation

ACC Rookie of the Year Kate Kaiser (Notre Dame Prep) of Duke will get a lot of attention from Virginia's defense after scoring two timely goals in each of the Blue Devils' losses to the Cavaliers this season.

While Tricia Martin leads the Kaiser Devils in scoring and holds all of the school career scoring records, Kaiser has been the one to break loose against Virginia.

"Kate really has been the player that has damaged us the most," said Cavaliers coach Julie Myers. "She has great flair, a lot of spunk and she's a terrific competitor."

Kaiser scored the game-winner in the 11-10 victory over James Madison in Saturday's quarterfinal.

Record setter

Penn State's Julie Tice (Severn) already has tied the NCAA tournament record for assists with seven in the Lions' first two victories. She tied the mark held by Harvard's Maureen Finn since 1983. The junior, who ranks fourth in the nation in assists, is fifth all-time at Penn State with 78.

Final four tickets

Tickets for this weekend's 1999 National Collegiate (NCAA I and II) and NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse semifinals and championships at Johns Hopkins are available.

The National Collegiate semifinals will be held tomorrow at 6 and 8: 30 p.m. and the Division III semifinals will be held Saturday at 10: 30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Division III championship game will be held Sunday at noon and the National Collegiate Championship will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.

An all-session pass for the four semifinals and two championship games is $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.

Tickets for the championship game only will be available for $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for either day of the semifinals are not available. Call 410-516-7490.

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