1999 NEC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Hosted by UMBC, Baltimore, MD
April 24-25, at UMBC, Baltimore, MD
UMBC, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Sacred Heart
Saturday, April 24th
(#1) UMBC 19, (#4) Sacred Heart 6
(#2) Monmouth 17, (#3) Mount St. Mary's 9
Saturday, April 25th
UMBC 15, Monmouth 9
NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player
Julie Dorney, UMBC
Dorney earned NEC Tournament MVP honors after recording five points (four goals and oneassist) in UMBC's 15-9 championship game victory over Monmouth. Dorney, an all-NEC performer, scored all four of her goals in the first half, as uMBC built an 8-4 edge at intermission. Dorney was alo credited with an assist on a late goal by Beth Milani that helped insure the victory for the Retrievers.
NEC Tournament Highlights
Semifinal Game 1 -- #1 UMBC 19, #4 Sacred Heart 6
UMBC’s Loree Miller (Morton, PA/Ridley) scored a season-high six goals and freshman Jamie Gerhart (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) added a career-best five goals as UMBC won its sixth straight game with a 19-6 triumph over Sacred Heart. Miller scored four of UMBC’s first five goals as the Retrievers opened up a 6-0 lead 14 minutes into the contest. UMBC led 9-2 at halftime and opened the second half with a 5-1 run to lead, 14-3, with 15:47 remaining. Sophomore Renee Tirocchi (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) added three goals for the victors, while freshman Beth Milani (Baltimore, MD/Institute of Notre Dame) had a goal and two assists. Keri Remington (Akron, NY/Akron Central) and Jill Corrigan (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place) scored two goals each for Sacred Heart. Pioneer netminder Ginny Capicchioni (Oradell, NJ/River Dell) made 31 saves as UMBC outshot SHU, 59-20.
Semifinal Game 2 -- #2 Monmouth 17, #3 Mount St. Mary’s 9
Monmouth sprang out to a 4-0 lead, but the Mountaineers matched that run and tied the
score on a Lacey Morley (Kingsville, MD/Mercy) goal at the 13:43 mark. However, the Hawks then went on a 7-0 run, led by three scores by Kristen Hall (Stony Brook, NY/Ward Melville) and surged ahead, 11-4, with 5:07 to play in the first half. The Mount got as close as 13-8 after a Jen Stocker (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) tally with 8:46 to play, but Monmouth’s Kristy Olivo (Delran, NJ/Delran) and Heather Blauvelt (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) scored within a :17 second span to put the game away. Blauvelt led all scorers with 4 goals and 2 assists and Olivo, the NEC Player of the Year, added two goals and three assists. Heather Bryan (Delran, NJ/Delran) and Hall also contributed four goals each for MU. Morley and Gwyneth Fallis (Newington, CT/Mercy) led the Mount with two goals each.
NEC Championship Game -- #1 UMBC 15, #2 Monmouth 9
Tournament Most Valuable Player Julie Dorney (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) scored four goals and added an assist as #1 seed UMBC defeated Monmouth 15-9 to win its second consecutive Northeast Conference Women’s Lacrosse title. Senior Debbie Krastel (Reisterstown, MD/Institute of Notre Dame) scored the game’s first two goals in the first 2:11 of play, and UMBC led, 3-1, when Dorney took control. She scored three straight goals in a span of 2:33 to push the margin to 6-1 thirteen minutes into the game. After Monmouth cut the gap to 7-4, Dorney converted a Loree Miller feed with :50 seconds left in the half to put UMBC ahead 8-4 at intermission. MU got as close as 10-7 on a Heather Bryan unassisted goal with 15 minutes to play, but UMBC scored the next five goals over a 13-minute span to seal the win. Krastel and Beth Milani each finished with three goals and one assist in support of Dorney. NEC Player of the Year Kristy Olivo led Monmouth with three goals, while sophomore Jessica Salvesen (Setauket, NY/Ward Melville) added a pair of goals and one assist.