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Today's NCAA games


Division I women

No. 12 West Chester (12-4)

at No. 5 Loyola (12-3)

Site: Curley Field

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Greyhounds make their third straight appearance in the Division I tournament, having fallen to Maryland, 8-7, in last year's title game. West Chester (Pa.), the top team in Division II, receives the first automatic bid awarded in the women's tournament. The 12th-seeded Golden Rams are 4-3 vs. Division I opponents, but they may have trouble with Loyola's stingy defense, led by All-American Krystin Porcella and goalie Kourtney Heavey (6.33 goals-against average).

Division III women

No. 12 Denison (10-5)

at No. 5 Johns Hopkins (13-2)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Blue Jays, whose only Division III loss came in overtime against unbeaten and top-seeded College of New Jersey, return to the tournament for the fifth time in six years. Hoping to make a final statement in Division III before moving to Division I next year, the Blue Jays drew a team they have beaten twice in the tournament. Denison (Ohio) is led by St. Paul's grad Laura Peace (58 goals, 12 assists). The Jays are led by Danielle Maschuci (47, 29) and goalie Anita Patibandla (6.47 goals-against average).

No. 9 St. Mary's (10-2)

vs. No. 8 Washington & Lee (12-2)

Site: Liberty Hall Fields, Lexington, Va.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Seahawks make their first appearance in the tournament, drawing a familiar opponent. Three weeks ago, they routed the Generals, 13-1. The Generals, however, were without their top player, All-America midfielder Whitney Parker (35 goals, 7 assists). Coach Laura Biggs' Seahawks have 13 Baltimore-area women on the roster, including co-Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year Gia Trionfo (60 goals, 18 assists), Kari Meyer (26, 15), Kelly Fetter (30, 10) and goalie Tara Jensen (5.52 goals-against average).

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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