Today's games

May 09, 2002

No. 8 Maryland (10-9) at No. 5 Loyola (15-3)

What: NCAA quarterfinal

Site: Curley Field

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Greyhounds will be looking to do what they couldn't do in 1997. Back then, they ended a 50-game Terrapins winning streak during the regular season, but the Terps came back to win, 8-7, in the NCAA final. Maryland has won the past seven national titles and leads the series 21-2, but Loyola won the April 27 regular-season meeting, 7-4, holding the Terps to their lowest offensive output in 11 years. Loyola goalie Tricia Dabrowski, the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, has a 6.46 goals-against average and a .608 save percentage; both rank second in the nation. The Greyhounds also have a powerful attack paced by Stacey Morlang (60 goals, 22 assists), the Greyhounds' all-time leading scorer, and Suzanne Eyler (48, 13). Maryland, which has lost its nine games by a total of 18 goals, is led by Courtney Hobbs (51, 31) and Kelly Coppedge (48, 22).

UMBC (12-4) at No. 3 North Carolina (15-2)

What: NCAA quarterfinal

Site: Henry Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Retrievers are riding an 11-game winning streak heading into their first-ever NCAA tournament game. Garnering an automatic bid via the Northeast Conference championship, the Retrievers are decided underdogs against the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, which reached the final four in 1998. NEC Player of the Year Jamie Gerhart (39 goals, 20 assists) and Jen Dragoni (35, 17) lead a balanced UMBC attack. The Tar Heels, who feature a host of Baltimore talent and have a 10-game winning streak, are led by ACC Player of the Year Christine McPike and top scorers Lindsay Stone (41, 20) and Kellie Thompson (49, 10).

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