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Princeton Women Win Lacrosse Title

May 19, 2002

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BALTIMORE (AP) _ Princeton won its second women’s Division I lacrosse championship, beating Georgetown 12-7 Sunday as Lauren Simone scored two of her three goals in the second half.

Princeton, which has been in the final four the past three seasons, won the title in 1994, before Maryland launched its streak of seven straight championships.

The victory avenged the Tigers’ season-opening loss to Georgetown, their only defeat in a 19-1 campaign. Georgetown, a loser in the finals for the second consecutive year, finished 17-2.

The Hoyas took an early two-goal lead, and did not trail in the first half. Simone’s first goal of the game, at 25:41 of the first half, evened the score 4-4.

Simone gave the Tigers their first lead at 4:29 of the second half. Georgetown’s Wick Stanwick got the third of her four goals at 5:53, but Princeton scored five times in the following 10 minutes to take control. Simone and Lindsey Biles each got their third of the game in that outburst, which saw five different Princeton players score.

Princeton goalie Sarah Kolodner had 11 saves, five of them in a 60-second span beginning in the 18th minute of the second half after the Tigers had opened a 10-5 lead. Georgetown was able to cut the margin to 10-7, but Charlotte Kenworthy scored her second goal of the game at 27:54, and the Hoyas did not threaten again.

Elizabeth Pillion scored her second goal of the game in the closing seconds for the Tigers.

It was Princeton’s second victory over Georgetown in as many days. The Princeton men beat the Hoyas in the quarterfinals Saturday. The victories give Princeton a chance to win both championships, a feat it accomplished in 1994, the only time it has been done.

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