Princeton turns down JMU, 15-9

4-goal run in 2nd half lifts Tigers to women's final

May 20, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

EWING, N.J. - Second-ranked Princeton ran up an early four-goal lead and stifled No.3 James Madison's high-powered attack en route to a 15-9 victory in last night's NCAA Women's National Collegiate Lacrosse semifinal at Lions' Stadium at the College of New Jersey.

The Tigers' victory sets up a rematch of the 1995 national final when Maryland defeated the Tigers to begin their five-year run as national champs. The year before that, the Tigers edged the Terrapins, 10-7, to win their last national title.

James Madison (13-5) came into last night's game averaging 14.7 goals a game, but the Tigers' defense had given up an average of 7.7 goals. The Tigers' defense won the battle again yesterday.

The Tigers (15-4) all but sealed the victory with a four-goal run early in the second half that boosted their lead to 12-5 with 13:21 to go. Mimi Hammerberg, Kim Smith, Julie Shaner and Whitney Miller strung their goals together after the Dukes' Michelle Zurfluh cut the Tigers' lead to 8-5 early in the half.

The Dukes, in their first appearance in the final four, rallied behind consecutive goals from Kristen Dinisio, Zurfluh and Julie Martinez to cut the lead to 12-8 with 9:51 left. But Princeton goalie Laura Field made a save on a Jess Marion shot to quell the momentum. Smith then scored twice to boost the lead to 14-8 with 1:30 left.

Early on, Princeton ran up a 4-1 lead on Smith's second goal with 19:25 left in the half.

Marion had a goal called back for a crease violation, and the Tigers answered with a transition goal from Hammerberg off a feed from Lauren Simone for a 6-3 with 9:39 left in the first half. Shaner added another transition goal to boost the lead to 7-3 with 7:05 to go.

The Dukes cut into the lead when Julie Weiss scored on a pass from McNevin Malloy with 1:03 left in the half.

The Tigers and the Dukes had not met since 1997, although the two teams scrimmaged in preseason this spring.

Smith, a Bryn Mawr graduate, finished with five goals. Shaner had three goals and an assist and Lauren Simone had two of each.

Marion led the Dukes with two goals and an assist.

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