Today's NCAA women's games

May 13, 2004|By Katherine Dunn

Today's NCAA women's games

Division I first round

Temple (11-7) at No. 3 Maryland (14-4)

Site: Ludwig Field, College Park

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Making their 20th NCAA tournament appearance, the Terrapins face a familiar foe in the Atlantic 10 champion Owls. The two were first-round tournament opponents a year ago, with the Terps coming away with a 26-6 win en route to their final four appearance. Maryland, which won a record seven straight national championships between 1995 and 2001 and has 10 titles in all, fell to Virginia, 9-8, in last year's national semifinals. The Terps are led by Kelly Coppedge (64 goals, 23 assists) and Delia Cox (43, 6) and they have gotten some big games from goalie Kirah Miles. The Owls, who won the last of their two national crowns in 1988, are led by Tiffany Pulaski (58, 11) and Corey Leader (40, 20).

No. 11 Vanderbilt (10-5) at No. 4 Loyola (14-3)

Site: Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Commodores bring a huge contingent of Baltimoreans north today. More than half of their roster hails from Maryland, including nine starters. In the tournament for the second time, the Commodores earned the automatic bid from the American Lacrosse Conference. Boasting balanced scoring, led by ALC Player of the Year Michelle Allen (Liberty) with 36 goals and 23 assists, Vanderbilt has five players with 38 or more points. The Greyhounds are more tournament-tested than the Commodores, having advanced 10 times with a final four finish last season. Sydney Greene leads the Greyhounds with 42 goals and 13 assists and stellar feeder Rachel Shuck has 17 goals and 34 assists. Defensively, Loyola allows just 8.35 goals per game, backed by solid goalies Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus, who split time.

No. 10 Johns Hopkins (12-4) at No. 7 James Madison (15-3)

Site: JMU Lacrosse Complex, Harrisonburg, Va.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Blue Jays popped off the bubble and into the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time thanks to some quality wins, but their first-time opponent has been to the tournament seven of the past eight years. The Dukes, who are 10-0 at home, share four common opponents with the Blue Jays and both teams went 3-1 against them. The Colonial Athletic Association champs also boast the nation's most prolific scorer in Mount de Sales graduate Gail Decker. With 73 goals and 30 assists, Decker leads the nation with 5.94 points and 4.29 goals per game. The Blue Jays have some big scorers on their side too, especially freshman Mary Key (52, 19) and senior Heidi Pearce (38, 17). Defender Lacey-Leigh Hentz, a three-time All-American Lacrosse Conference pick, leads the defense with 51 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers.

Mount St. Mary's (15-4) at No. 2 Virginia (15-3)

Site: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Coming off the best season in school history, the Mountaineers earn their first NCAA tournament bid. The Northeast Conference champs advanced to the field of 16 by defeating Manhattan, 12-7, in the play-in game. Courtney Martinez Connor's team now faces a huge hurdle in a Cavaliers team that was national runner-up to Princeton a year ago and has been to the tournament 17 times. The Cavaliers are led by perhaps the best attacker in the nation, Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Amy Appelt, who scored a school-record 75 goals this season. The Cavaliers' defense is allowing less than nine goals per game. The Mountaineers are led by Erin LaMotte (40 goals, 10 assists), Katie Mason (31, 18) and NEC Player of the Year Naomi Campano, who has a .576 save percentage while allowing 11.16 goals per game.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.