EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. — EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Laura Harmon had no doubt.
"Our best game is still to come," said the University of Maryland's only senior women's lacrosse player. "No one's seen it yet all season."
The Terps will seek to put their gem on display here today as they face Princeton in the rematch of last year's national championship game, after keeping their record perfect yesterday with a 12-7 victory over Penn State in a semifinal game.
The 16-0 Terps tied the school mark for wins in a season.
Harmon had four of the goals as the Terps overcame a slow start that saw them trail 2-1 after 14 minutes before dispatching the fourth-seeded Nittany Lions.
All-America Kelly Amonte's individual scoring effort tied the game and four more unanswered goals followed. The 6-2 lead was all the cushion Maryland needed to earn its shot at avenging last year's upset loss to Princeton in the championship final.
The Tigers (14-2) gained their spot in today's title game with revenge of their own, defeating Dartmouth, which had edged them for the Ivy League title.
Back-to-back Penn State goals produced the 2-1 lead before Amonte "just wanted to go in and score . . . . and I did, I guess." Her drive for the tying goal ignited the Terps.
"The difference today," said Penn State coach Julie Williams, "was we had a couple of sleepy moments and Maryland didn't sleep for an instant. I hope we learned from that. When we did score, they'd come right back and squash any momentum. They never felt us creeping up their backs."
"We came here today," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal, "to put ourselves in the best position to win it all. Now we're one step from there."
@4 And Laura Harmon vows the best is still to come.
Maryland .. ..7 ..5 ..-- ..12
Penn State ...4 ..3 ..-- ...7