Women's Lacrosse Wins NCAA Championship
May 17, 1998
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Cathy Nelson scored three goals, and Christie Jenkins added two to lead third-ranked Maryland to an 11-5 victory Sunday over top-ranked Virginia for its fourth straight NCAA Division I women's lacrosse championship.
Goalkeeper Alex Kahoe made a career-high 21 saves to help the Terrapins (18-3) beat the Cavaliers.
Virginia (17-3) failed in its attempt to win a third national title. The Cavaliers last won in 1993, when they defeated Maryland in the championship game. Freshman attack Mills Hook led Virginia with three goals.
Jenkins scored twice in the first half to help Maryland take a 4-1 halftime lead. Kahoe had 11 saves in the half, including several in the first few minutes, when Virginia dominated play.
The Terrapins started the second half with two goals in the first three minutes as freshman Quinn Carey scored and set up Nelson's second goal. Maryland led 9-2 midway through the half before Virginia scored three consecutive goals to pull within 9-5 with nine minutes left on a goal by Kara Ariza.
But Nelson scored her fourth goal with 2:07 left to stop the run and seal the victory.