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Sinclair's record performance leads Portland to 4-0 rout of Richmond.
PORTLAND, Ore (Sunday, November 24, 2002) -- Sophomore striker Christine Sinclair scored three times -- setting one NCAA Division I women's tournament record and tying at least three more -- and added an assist in leading No. 8 Portland to a 4-0 romp over Richmond this afternoon before 2,090 at Harry A. Merlo Field.
The Pilots advanced to a Saturday quarterfinal at No. Stanford (21-1).
Sinclair, a star with Canada's national team, broke the record for goals in one tournament, having found net seven times in Portland's three victories. She also tied a record for goals in a half, goals in a game and points in a game with seven.
Sinclair, who has 23 goals this season, two more than the rest of her teammates combined, became the 24th player to scores three in the first half of a tournament game and has 12 goals in eight NCAA outings, three tallies off the all-time total mark set by Mia Hamm in four years at North Carolina.
"Christine is a world-class striker, and we're a more complete team with her on the field," said Pilots coach Clive Charles of Sinclair who missed five matches because of commitments to Canada's qualification process for the 2003 Women's World Cup.
Portland was overwhelming from the opening whistle, outshooting Richmond (14-6-2) by a 19-4 margin in the first half and 34-6 for the game.
The Pilots went ahead 1-0 with 20:10 elapsed when Sinclair ran onto senior midfielder Erin Misaki's short cross from the end line and knocked a left-footer into the far corner.
"We know we're in the playoffs and we need to focus on our play," said Misaki who is tied for the team lead with eight assists. "We're so determined and our intensity hasn't dropped from the first minute."
Less than three minutes later, freshman defender Lindsey Huie's through ball to the top of the penalty area found Sinclair free and she easily slotted her shot under charging Spiders junior goalkeeper Megan Cox to make it 2-0.
Sinclair made it 3-0 with 27:17, the beneficiary of a nice combination. Junior midfielder Wanda Rozwadowska, another Canadian national, carried to the end line and crossed to Huie whose header set Sinclair up for an easy strike.
"We played very well," Charles said. "We're playing at a different level right now and I don't know how much better I can ask the girls to play."
Rozwadowska completed the Pilots' scoring in the 52nd minute, settling Sinclair's cross and rifling her shot into the top of the net.
Cox was often spectacular in the losing cause, making nine saves, including a trio of diving stops on Sinclair.
The Pilots "are a wonderful team. I'm so impressed with Portland's speed of play," said RU coach Peter Albright. "They're totally unselfish and we were completely outclassed today."
 Penn State 3,  Virginia 0
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Junior forward Heidi Drummond scored twice while junior midfielder Joanna Lohman added a goal and assist for No. 12 Penn State which dispatched 20th-ranked Virginia 3-0 at Jeffrey Field.
The Nittany Lions (18-3-1) advanced to a quarterfinal meeting at seventh-ranked Connecticut (21-2-1). PSU won its 19th straight home game, a streak dating back to September 17, 2001.
Drummond took a Lohman header and chipped in over approaching junior goalkeeper Anne Abernethy to but PSU ahead 1-0 after 20:25.
"Basically, I outran the defender," said Drummond, who took the team lead with 14 goals, one more than senior striker Christie Welsh. "It's important, especially in the playoffs, to set the tone of the game. It was almost a relief to score."
Less than seven minutes later, Lohman picked a ball out of a crowd follwing a corner kick and beat Abernethy to make it 2-0.
"Winning 50-50 balls sets the tone," Welsh said. "We really wanted to come out there and set the tones with tackles and 50-50 balls. We need to keep believing and playing together. If the team stays focused, we gave a very good shot of keeping this alive."
The deficit was the largest the Cavaliers (13-7-2) had faced this season, but it grew in the second half.
After Lions freshman keeper Amanda Brown made a couple of big saves to keep her shutout alive, junior forward Stephanie Smith sent a shot off the goal post. She gained her own rebound and dished to an advancing Drummond who placed her shot in the top right corner for a 3-0 advantage at 71:55.
"We didn't play our best and it didn't come together for us today, That's why we didn't win," said U.Va. senior forward Darci Borski. "We came in here knowing they were going to be one of the biggest and most physical teams we've had to face."
 Connecticut 1, Florida State 0
STORRS, Conn. -- Freshman striker Brittany Barakat found net with just 70 seconds elapsed, a goal that gave No. 7 Connecticut a 1-0 decision over Florida State before 1,234 at Morrone Stadium.
The Huskies (21-2-1) will host 12th-ranked Penn State (18-3-1) in a Saturday quarterfinal.
Freshman defender Jennifer Sullivan sent a long pass up the right flank to Barakat who whipped it over the head of sophomore keeper Kerry York as she approached.
"I thought today was everything I imagined it would be, but I obviously never thought we were going to lose," Seminoles coach Patrick Baker said. "We weren't over confident but I never expected this game to be decided in the first two minutes."
After being outshot 6-1 in the first half, FSU (13-7-3) wound up with a 10-9 advantage by the game's end, but were stopped by five saves by UConn senior keeper Maria Yatrakis. York was only called on for one save after giving up the goal.