Today's women's semifinals

College Lacrosse

May 17, 2002|By Katherine Dunn

Today's women's semifinals

No. 1 seed Georgetown (16-1) vs. No. 4 Cornell (16-1)

Site: Curley Field, Loyola

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Outlook: The only final four newcomer in the field, Cornell slipped under everyone's radar until beating seven-time defending champ Maryland in the quarterfinals. The Big Red made everyone take notice not just by eliminating the Terrapins, but by clobbering them, 14-4. All season, the Big Red has played a poised, consistent, team game, with top scorer Jaimee Reynolds (55 goals, 17 assists) and goalie Carrie Giancola (.537 save percentage, 7.47 goals allowed) in key roles. The Hoyas, on the other hand, know all about the final four, having fallen to Maryland in the title game last season. They also boast a solid all-around game, fronted by Erin Elbe's 56 goals and 22 assists and backed by Chandler Vicchio's .508 save percentage and 7.54 goals allowed. These first-time foes have one common opponent in the final four field - Princeton. The Hoyas beat the Tigers, 15-13, and the Big Red lost, 16-12. Both games were early in the season.

No. 2 Princeton (17-1) vs. No. 3 North Carolina (17-2)

Site: Curley Field, Loyola

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: In another first-time matchup, the second semifinal features a clash between Ivy League champ Princeton and the Atlantic Coast Conference titlist. In their third straight trip to the final four, the Tigers are riding a 17-game winning streak after dropping their season opener, 15-13, to Georgetown in overtime. The Tar Heels have won 12 straight after early losses to Loyola and Virginia. Both teams feature high-powered attacks; the Tigers are led by Lauren Simone (46, 21) and the Tar Heels by Kellie Thompson (62, 14). Both have solid goalkeeping: Tigers freshman Sarah Kolodner is unbeaten and has a .564 save rate, allowing 5.98 goals per game; North Carolina's Katelyn Hoffman has a .449 save rate and has allowed 7.37 goals per game. The Tar Heels most likely will be without ACC Player of the Year Christine McPike, who tore her right anterior cruciate ligament during a first-round victory over UMBC. She has not seen action since.

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