Today's NCAA women's game

College Lacrosse

May 23, 2004|By Katherine Dunn

Today's NCAA women's game

Division I final

No. 1 Princeton (19-0)

vs. No. 2 Virginia (18-3)

Site: Princeton (N.J.) Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The nation's best offense meets the nation's best defense. Virginia leads the country in scoring offense, averaging 13.89 goals a game. Princeton allows only 6.11 - more than a goal fewer than the next-best team. The tale was similar a year ago when defense won the struggle as Princeton prevailed, 8-7, in overtime. The Tigers have been a second-half team through the tournament, rallying from 5-3 down with seven minutes left to beat Dartmouth, 6-5, in overtime in the quarterfinals and breaking away from a 2-1 lead over Vanderbilt in an 11-3 semifinal win. The Tigers could be in trouble if they fall behind early today: The Cavaliers have not lost a game they've led at halftime this season. Virginia had a 6-4 lead against Georgetown on Friday and won, 12-9. Amy Appelt (86 goals) presents the biggest matchup problem for the Tigers' defense, which is led by Katie Norbury and Lauren Vance. The Tigers scored 52 fewer goals than the Cavs but have four players with 40 or more points. - Katherine Dunn

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