1998 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship

The 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship was the 17th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of Division I NCAA women's college lacrosse. The championship game was played at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, Maryland during May 1998.[1] All NCAA Division I women's lacrosse programs were eligible for this championship. This year, the tournament field expanded from 8 to 12 teams, the second consecutive expansion after increasing from 6 to 8 teams the previous year.

1998 NCAA Division I Women's
Lacrosse Championship
DatesMay 1998
Finals siteUMBC Stadium
Catonsville, MD
ChampionsMaryland (6th title)
Runner-upVirginia (4th title game)
MOPCathy Nelson, Maryland
Attendance6,080 finals
NCAA Division I Women's Championships
«1997 1999»

Maryland defeated Virginia, 11–5, to win their sixth and fourth consecutive, national championship. This would subsequently become the fourth of Maryland's record seven straight national titles (1995–2001).

The leading scorer for the tournament, with 15 goals, was Cathy Nelson from Maryland. Nelson was also the recipient of the Most Outstanding Player award, given out for the first time since 1984.


Seed School Conference Berth Record
4 Dartmouth Ivy League Automatic 12-2
Duke ACC At-large 10-6
Georgetown Independent At-large 09-6
James Madison CAA At-large 10-7
Loyola (MD) CAA Automatic 12-3
3 Maryland ACC At-large 15-3
2 North Carolina ACC At-large 14-2
Princeton Ivy League At-large 11-4
Temple Independent At-large 13-4
1 Virginia ACC Automatic 15-2
West Chester Independent At-large 13-4
William & Mary CAA At-large 08-7

Tournament bracket

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
UMBC Stadium
Catonsville, MD
  1 Virginia 8  
    Princeton 7  
Princeton (OT) 12
Georgetown 11  
  1 Virginia 10  
  4 Dartmouth 7  
  4 Dartmouth (OT) 9
    Loyola (MD) 8  
Loyola (MD) 18
West Chester 7  
  1 Virginia 5
  2 Maryland 11
  3 North Carolina 11
    Temple 10  
Temple 17
Duke 11  
  3 North Carolina 9
  2 Maryland 14  
  2 Maryland 13
    James Madison 8  
James Madison 15
William & Mary 9  

Tournament outstanding players

  • Kate Graw, Dartmouth
  • Jacque Weitzel, Dartmouth
  • Alex Kahoe, Maryland
  • Kathleen Lund, Maryland
  • Cathy Nelson, Maryland (Most outstanding player)
  • Sascha Newmarch, Maryland
  • Kristin Sommar, Maryland
  • Sarah Dacey, North Carolina
  • Aubrey Falk, North Carolina
  • Kara Ariza, Virginia
  • Peggy Boutilier, Virginia
  • Melissa Hayes, Virginia

See also


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