Today's women's games

May 16, 1999

National Collegiate championship

No. 1 Maryland (20-0) vs. No. 2 Virginia (15-5)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: The last time Virginia beat Maryland, the Cavaliers went on to win the national championship. That was 1993. Since then, the Terrapins have swept 10 straight meetings, including last year's 11-5 title game. This marks the third time in four years the two Atlantic Coast Conference rivals have met in the final. The Terps are seeking their fifth straight national crown, while the Cavaliers have not won since 1993. Although Maryland beat the Cavaliers twice this season, 13-3 and 13-5, the Cavaliers have plenty of incentive to pull the upset. "None of us has ever beaten them," said Cavaliers senior Samm Taylor, "We are not going to lose to them again." Both teams faced tough semifinal games. The Terps rallied from four goals down early to beat No. 5 Penn State, 17-13, Friday night, while the Cavaliers nipped No. 3 Duke, 9-8. The Terps' edge this season has come from a balanced attack and exceptional performances from goalie Alex Kahoe. Five Terps have more than 60 points -- Jen Adams (67 goals, 45 assists), Christie Jenkins (53, 29), Allison Comito (54, 25), Quinn Carney (43, 22) and Krisin Sommar (41, 22). Virginia is led by Jamie Haas (38, 19), Jessica Hull (30, 14) and Taylor (26, 7) on attack and Stephy Samaras on defense.

Div. III championship

No. 2 Middlebury (16-0) vs. No. 5 Amherst (14-2)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Outlook: Middlebury, the 1997 national champ, returns to the title game for the third time in four years, where it will meet an Amherst team that has pulled two upsets in the tournament. The Jeffs stunned No. 1 and defending champ College of New Jersey, 11-8, in yesterday's semifinal to reach the title game for the first time. Middlebury got past William Smith, 13-7. The Panthers won their regular-season meeting with Amherst, 11-8. Since both teams play in the New England Small College Athletic Association, they know each other well. The key battle may be between the Panthers' zone defense and Amherst's set offense. Heidi Howard (59 goals, 8 assists) leads Middlebury's attack, and Missy Hopkins leads the defense. The Jeffs are led by Lisa Krug (53, 28) on attack and Irene Permut and Aimee Carroll on defense.

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