Today's NCAA state women's quarterfinals

May 19, 2007|By KATHERINE DUNN

NO. 5 SEED MARYLAND (16-3) @NO. 4 SEED PENN (15-1)

Site: Franklin Field, Philadelphia Time: 1 p.m. Outlook: The Terps are aiming for their first trip to the final four since 2003. They wouldn't mind adding an 11th national championship to their trophy case, either. Standing in their way is this season's fastest-rising team. The Quakers are in the tournament for the first time in 23 years, and they have been ranked as high as No. 2. They swept the Ivy League and have won 12 straight games. Pennsylvania has not lost a game this season at Franklin Field, site of the NCAA championships on Memorial Day weekend. The two teams last met in 1993 and the Terps have dominated the series 13-1. The Quakers' lone win came in 1983. Both teams boast prolific offenses - the Terps average 14.63 goals per game while the Quakers net 12.44, so it could come down to defense. Defensively, the Quakers have allowed only 6.25 goals to the Terps' 10.19. Krista Pellizzi, who scored five goals in the first round, 13-7 win over Yale, leads the Terps with 55 goals and 21 assists, and Dana Dobbie has 52 goals and 16 assists. The Quakers are led by Chrissy Muller (21 goals, 24 assists) and Rachel Manson (35, 8), who had three goals in the first-round, 11-5 win over Boston University.

NO. 7 SEED J. HOPKINS (12-7) @NO. 2 DUKE (15-3) Site: Koskinen Stadium, Durham, N.C. Time: 1 p.m. Outlook: The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since moving up to Division I in 1999 with their 12-8, first-round win over Hofstra. They now face a formidable opponent in Atlantic Coast Conference power Duke, a team the Jays have not beaten in six meetings. The Blue Devils, who ripped Le Moyne in the opening round, 23-8, are looking for a return trip to the final four in their 10th straight tournament appearance. Duke fell to eventual champion Northwestern last year, 11-10, in overtime of the national semifinals. This season, the Blue Devils have not lost a game at home. Although they have allowed a lot of goals, 10.14 per game, they've scored a lot more, 15.6 per game. The Blue Jays, who are 3-5 on the road, have scored 12.24 goals per game and allowed 10.94. Both teams have balanced attacks, led by Tewaaraton Trophy finalists. Mary Key has 65 goals and 54 assists and leads the nation in points per game, 6.26. Hopkins has five other players with 24 or more points. Caroline Cryer leads the Blue Devils with 64 goals and 17 assists, and Kristen Waagbo (Mount Hebron) also has 81 points, 41 goals and 40 assists. Three other Blue Devils have 44 or more points.

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