Championship, Division I Women

May 19, 2002|By Katherine Dunn

No. 1 Georgetown (17-1) vs. No. 2 Princeton (18-1)

Site: Curley Field, Loyola

When: 1 p.m., today

Outlook: The season has come full circle for the two finalists, who opened at Princeton on March 3. Back then, Georgetown won, 15-13, in overtime, and this game could go right down to the wire as well. Both teams are tournament-tested and hungry to take the title. The Big East champion Hoyas have never won the championship but came so close a year ago, falling to Maryland, 14-13, in sudden-death overtime in the finale. The Ivy League champion won the 1994 national crown, the last before Maryland began its seven-year run. Georgetown coach Kim Simons played for Tigers coach Chris Sailer on that national championship team, so it's no surprise there are similarities between their teams. Both have high-powered, multi-weapon attacks with Erin Elbe (57 goals, 22 assists) leading the Hoyas and Lauren Simone (47, 26) pacing the Tigers. Each team took 31 shots in its semifinal. Defensively, the Tigers allow just 6.5 goals a game while the Hoyas give up 8.1. On the draw, however, the Hoyas may have an edge in center Gloria Lozano, who has controlled 63 draws this season including seven in Friday's 12-10 overtime semifinal win against Cornell. Against Princeton, possession may be only nine-tenths of the draw, because the Tigers caused 12 turnovers in the first meeting and 29 so far in the tournament. The Tigers, in their third straight final four, have been rolling over tournament opponents, dispatching North Carolina, 16-2, in the semifinal. In that game, the Tigers committed just two fouls and did not allow the Tar Heels a single free-position shot. Princeton has allowed only 10 goals in three tournament games while the Hoyas have given up 23.

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