Johns Hopkins and Washington College took the same road out of the Middle Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse playoffs yesterday.
Ursinus (10-7), more focused than Hopkins in the second half after trailing, 6-5, ran off with a 10-7 victory at Homewood Field, and Franklin and Marshall (13-0), top-ranked in Division III, recovered from its worst deficit of the season, 9-5, to throttle Washington, 9-1, in the first 21 minutes of the second half on its way to a 16-12 victory.
The championship game will be Saturday at Franklin and Marshall.
Hopkins (10-5) twice recovered after trailing by two goals in the first half and took its only lead on a goal by Jessica Tropp with 24 seconds left in the half. Pass-catching problems hurt the Blue Jays at critical times in the second half, while Ursinus, the defending Division III national champions, improved in that aspect of the game.
The outcome would have been more one-sided but for excellent goaltending by Kristin Cole, one of Hopkins' seven senior starters.
At Lancaster, Pa., F&M;'s Katie Aman (Notre Dame Prep) scored four goals in helping her team reach the MAC final for the fourth straight year.
For Washington, Amy McCleary St. Paul's) had five goals and goalkeeper Kristy Hilgartner (Notre Dame Prep) made 16 saves.
"We had an incredible first half, but in the second half we didn't come out with the same punch, and they beat us to the ball," said Washington coach Diane Guinan.