Today's games

May 21, 2000

NCAA women's Div. I championship

No. 1 Maryland (20-0) vs. No. 2 Princeton (15-3)

Site: Lions Stadium, Ewing, N.J.

Time: 3:10 p.m.

TV: Comcast CN8

Skinny: The Terrapins are going for a sixth straight national championship, but that's just one of many streaks they will try to keep alive today. They've won 15straight national tournament games and have been ranked No.1 for 22straight weeks. Their five national titles is also the longest active run in all of DivisionI sports. While the Atlantic Coast Conference champs seek to prolong their domination, the Tigers are in the title game for the first time since 1995. The Tigers have a team much like the Terps - high scoring and defensively solid - but they are much younger after graduating six starters from last year's team. The Terps set a team record for most goals in a season for the third straight year, led by 1999 National Player of the Year Jen Adams (76goals, 50assists). The junior from South Australia has scored in 51straight games. Junior Quinn Carney has a 50-game scoring streak running. Her 16assists, including four in the 17-7 semifinal win over No. 5 Loyola, is already a record for an NCAA tournament. The two Terps have scored in all eight NCAA tournament games in which they've played. This year's Tigers team, which lost to the Terps 14-6 last month, doesn't have that tournament experience. Only Jen Alexander, who sat out last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, has played in a final four. However, the Tigers pulled off an impressive 15-9semifinal win over high-scoring No.3 James Madison, led by five goals from sophomore Kim Smith (46, 10).

NCAA women's Div. III championship

No. 1 College of New Jersey (16-0) vs. No. 4 Williams (14-1)

Site: Lions Stadium, Ewing, N.J.

Time: Noon

TV: Comcast CN8

Skinny: This title tilt features long-time tradition vs. first-time finalists. The Lions have won nine DivisionIII crowns and are gunning to get the title back after falling to Middlebury in last year's semifinal. The Ephs, on the other hand, are making their first appearance in the championship after dethroning Middlebury with an 11-9 victory in the semifinals. The two teams have met just once, in the 1998 championship that the Lions won 12-11 in overtime. That year, the Ephs made their first appearance in the tournament after the college administration forced them to turn down a bid in 1996, because the tournament conflicted with final exams. The Lions have reached the semifinals every year since 1985 and have missed the final twice. In tournament play, the Lions are 41-5. The Lions are led by Dana Latona (63, 18) and Valerie Cherill (54, 28). Cara Shortsleeve (57, 26) leads the Ephs, followed by Caitlin Ritchie (55, 10).

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