1997 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship

The 1997 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship was the 16th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of Division I NCAA women's college lacrosse. The championship game was played at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania during May 1997.[1] All NCAA Division I women's lacrosse programs were eligible for this championship. This year, the tournament field expanded from 6 to 8 teams, the first expansion since 1986.

1997 NCAA Division I Women's
Lacrosse Championship
DatesMay 1997
Finals siteGoodman Stadium
Bethlehem, PA
ChampionsMaryland (5th title)
Runner-upLoyola (MD) (1st title game)
Attendance3,571 finals
NCAA Division I Women's Championships
«1996 1998»

Maryland defeated Loyola Maryland, 8–7, to win their fifth and third consecutive, national championship. This would subsequently become the third of Maryland's record seven straight national titles (1995–2001).

The leading scorers for the tournament, each with 10 goals, were Amy Fine from North Carolina and Kerri Johnson from Loyola (MD). The Most Outstanding Player trophy was not awarded this year, although it would be reintroduced in 1998.


School Conference Berth Record
James Madison CAA Automatic 13-4
Loyola (MD) CAA At-large 13-2
Maryland ACC Automatic 18-1
North Carolina ACC At-large 13-3
Penn State Independent At-large 10-5
Temple Independent At-large 13-2
Virginia ACC At-large 14-4
William & Mary CAA At-large 10-5

Tournament bracket

First Round Semifinals Finals
Goodman Stadium
Bethlehem, PA
  Maryland 6
  Penn State 2
  Maryland 9
  Temple 6
  Temple 17
  James Madison 10
  Maryland 8
  Loyola (MD) 7
  North Carolina (3OT) 12
  Virginia 11
  North Carolina 8
  Loyola (MD) 10
  Loyola (MD) 11
  William & Mary 2

Tournament outstanding players

  • Kerri Johnson, Loyola (MD)
  • Michelle Meyer, Loyola (MD)
  • Stephanie Roberts, Loyola (MD)
  • Allison Valentino, Loyola (MD)
  • Ginette Chelious, Maryland
  • Caryl Duckworth, Maryland
  • Sarah Forbes, Maryland
  • Alex Kahoe, Maryland
  • Ryan Laubach, Maryland
  • Cathy Nelson, Maryland
  • Sascha Newmarch, Maryland
  • Sarah Dacey, North Carolina
  • Melissa Michaels, Temple

See also


  1. "Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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