Today's games

May 14, 1999|By Katherine Dunn

National collegiate women's semifinals

(at Homewood Field,

Johns Hopkins) No. 1 Maryland (19-0)

vs. No. 5 Penn State (15-4)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: This year's first semifinal matches two of the most successful programs in women's college lacrosse history. Each has made a record 15 trips to the tournament, and between them, they own 12 national titles. The Terrapins have won seven crowns, including the last four. Tonight's game is a rematch of the season opener won, 12-8, by the Terps, but both teams have come a long way since. The Lions are riding a seven-game winning streak, including a 9-7 overtime win at No. 4 Princeton in Saturday's quarterfinal. The Terps won their 26th straight game with a 17-6 quarterfinal romp over No. 8 Georgetown. The Lions bring an offense that includes six players scoring 24 or more goals and 35 or more points, but the Terps have five players with 38 or more goals and 55-plus points. Jen Adams, who broke Kelly Amonte's record for goals in a single season, leads the Terps and the nation in scoring with 63 goals and 43 assists, followed by Christie Jenkins (50, 29) and Allison Comito (51, 25). A steady team defense led by goalie Alex Kahoe (.640 save percentage) is holding the opposition to just 6.6 goals a game. Jen Johnson (44 goals, 22 assists) and Julie Tice (34, 37) lead the Lions' attack while Summer Downing, Courtney Jenkins and goalie Megan Ames (.544 save percentage) are the keys to a defense allowing just nine goals a game.

No. 2 Virginia (14-5)

vs. No. 3 Duke (13-4)

Time: 8: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers, who lost last year's title game, 11-5, to Maryland, would like nothing better than another shot at the Terps. But they must get past a rapidly rising Duke squad to get that chance. In only their fourth year, the Blue Devils are making their first final four appearance, coming off an 11-10 quarterfinal victory over No. 6 James Madison. The Blue Devils have never beaten Virginia, but have gotten closer, losing, 10-9, in the ACC tournament. Virginia, which won national titles in 1991 and 1993, has lost to Maryland in the title game twice in the past three years. Each team boasts a balanced offense, with five players scoring at least 20 goals. Jamie Haas (37 goals, 19 assists) leads Virginia, along with Jessica Hull (28, 14). Tricia Martin (40, 29) paces the Blue Devils, followed by Kate Soulier (24, 18). Led defensively by Stephy Samaras, the Cavaliers have allowed only two teams to score in double figures. The Blue Devils, led by goalie Shannon Chaney (.530 save percentage), have given up 10 or more goals four times. Against the other final four teams, Duke is 0-3, having lost twice to Virginia and once to Maryland. The Cavaliers are 3-2 against the field, beating Penn State once and falling to Maryland twice.

Pub Date: 5/14/99

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