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Today's women's Div. I NCAA semifinals


At UMBC Stadium

No. 1 Virginia (16-2)

vs. No. 4 Dartmouth (13-2)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: The most prolific offense in Division I faces the stingiest defense. Dartmouth, which leads the nation with 14.8 goals per game, is led by Garrison Forest graduate Jacque Weitzel (58 goals, 10 assists). The Cavaliers have held the opposition to an average of 5.67 goals per game. ACC Player of the Year and Roland Park graduate Peggy Boutilier (36, 4) leads a Cavaliers offense that has lost top threats Beth Potter and Mia Mooney to knee injuries. Making their 10th Final Four appearance with national titles in 1991 and 1993, the Cavaliers hold a 6-1 series edge on the Big Green, but they lost the last meeting in 1994. Dartmouth is making its fourth appearance in the Final Four.

No. 2 North Carolina (17-2)

vs. No. 3 Maryland (16-3)

Time: 8: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The three-time defending national champion Terrapins will try for the third time this season to knock off the fastest rising program in the nation. The Tar Heels have beaten Maryland twice this year by a total of three goals. Coach Jenny Slingluff (Roland Park) guided the Tar Heels to the Final Four last year in only their second season. This year, the Heels have gone 4-1 against Final Four teams, losing only to Virginia in the ACC final. The Terps, in their 19th Final Four appearance, are 2-2 against the field. Both teams have powerhouse attacks with Cathy Nelson (50 goals, 24 assists) and Sascha Newmarch (44, 39) leading the Terps. Nelson's former Mount Hebron teammates Erin McGinnis and Lori Pasquantonio, who combined for eight goals in the 12-10 win over Maryland in the ACC semifinal, pace North Carolina.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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