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NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four

May 21, 2004|By Katherine Dunn

Division I semifinals

No. 1 Princeton (18-0) vs. No. 11 Vanderbilt (12-5)

Site: Princeton (N.J.) Stadium

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: One of the storied programs in women's lacrosse meets this year's Cinderella team in a first-time matchup between these two programs. Two-time defending champion Princeton rides into the tournament on a 27-game winning streak. First-time semifinalist Vanderbilt, in only its ninth season as a varsity program, sweeps in on impressive wins over Loyola and James Madison, allowing just four goals to each. The Tigers certainly are more tournament-savvy, which helped them pull out a 6-5 overtime win against Ivy League foe Dartmouth in the quarterfinal, but the Commodores have shown they have nothing to lose. The Tigers average 12.8 goals and allow just 6.04, while the Commodores score 11.4 and give up 9.2 a game. Lindsey Biles (53 goals, 15 assists) and Theresa Sherry (45,16) lead the Tigers' attack, while Katie Norbury and Lauren Vance are the keys to a stingy defense. The Commodores are led by Michelle Allen (38, 27) and Lauren Peck (40, 16) offensively; Christiana Serle and Bridget Morris lead the defense. No. 2 Virginia (17-3) vs. No. 6 Georgetown (13-4)

Site: Princeton (N.J.) Stadium

Time: 8:30 p.m. Outlook: Trivia question: Which team won the last national title before Princeton and Maryland put a chokehold on the crown for the past 10 years? Answer: Virginia, in 1993. Since then, the Cavaliers have been runners-up four times, including last season's 8-7 loss to Princeton. Georgetown knows a little something about that, having been second in 2001 and 2002 and still looking for its first title. The Cavaliers, who beat upstart Northwestern in the quarterfinals, boast the nation's top goal scorer in Amy Appelt (82, 28), who has 52 more points than her nearest teammate Tyler Leachman (48, 10). The Cavaliers, who average 14.2 goals, have netted 284 goals -- 116 more than their opponents. The Hoyas, who beat Maryland in the quarterfinals, average 12.4 goals, led by Sarah Oliphant (32, 20) and Coco Stanwick (14, 27). However, the Hoyas give up only 7.5 goals a game -- one fewer than the Cavaliers -- thanks in part to defender Michi Ellers and goalie Sarah Robinson.

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