Today's women's game

May 12, 2002|By Katherine Dunn

No. 8 Maryland (11-9) at No. 6 Cornell (15-1)

What: NCAA Division I quarterfinal

Site: Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Coming off their best performance of the season, a 13-8 upset of No. 5 Loyola, the Terrapins are looking for a 13th straight trip to the final four. They've won 21 straight NCAA tournament games; the Big Red won its first in Thursday's first-round, 16-8 win over No. 16 Syracuse. While the Big Red boasts the far better record, the seven-time defending national champs faced a much tougher schedule. Maryland has the strongest schedule in the nation, according to LaxPower, while the Big Red ranks 23rd. Before the tournament, Maryland played 17 games against ranked teams and 10 games against teams that made the tournament. The Big Red has faced seven ranked opponents and three tournament teams. On attack, the Terps have been much more balanced lately, although Courtney Hobbs (54 goals, 32 assists) and Kelly Coppedge (50, 24) lead the way. Goalie Alexis Venechanos has made 49 saves in her past four games while allowing 8.5 goals. For the Big Red, which has won 10 straight games, all-time leader in points and goals Jaimee Reynolds (48, 15) has been dominant in the midfield, and goalie Carrie Giancola is giving up 7.71 goals a game.

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