Women's lax roundup: No. 1 Florida defeats Penn State, 15-2

No. 2 N'western tops No. 7 Duke, will face No. 3 Terps

May 20, 2012|Tribune Newspapers

NCAA semifinal

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 Syracuse

Friday, 5:30 p.m.

At Stony Brook, N.Y.

No. 1 Florida advanced to its first NCAA semifinal after topping Penn State, 15-2, at Dizney Stadium on Saturday.

"It's a tremendous accomplishment, one I'm incredibly, incredibly proud of," Gators coach Amanda O'Leary said.

Top-seeded Florida (19-2) will face No.4 Syracuse in the national semifinal Friday at 5:30p.m. in Stony Brook, N.Y.

The Gators are averaging three more draw controls per game this season thanks in part to Shannon Gilroy, a freshman draw-control specialist who scored twice against the Nittany Lions (12-7).

Florida controlled play from start to finish, leading 8-2 at halftime and scoring runs of five and eight consecutive goals.

The Gators picked up a No. 1 seed after beating defending national champion Northwestern in the regular season.

No. 4 Syracuse 17, No. 5 North Carolina 16: The host Orange (18-3) is going to the final four for the third time in five years after Michelle Tumolo scored with five seconds remaining to give Syracuse a come-from-behind victory against the Tar Heels (15-4).

With North Carolina leading 16-14, Tumolo started Syracuse's comeback when she scored at the 9:24 mark.

On the next possession, Tumolo found a wide-open Kailah Kempney, who scored to tie the game with 39 seconds remaining.

Kempney won the ensuing draw, which set up Tumolo's game-winner.

No. 2 Northwestern 11, No. 7 Duke 7: The host Wildcats (19-2) held the Blue Devils (12-7) scoreless for almost 14 minutes in the second half and Northwestern will advance to Friday's semifinal match against No. 3 Maryland.

Erin Fitzgerald scored three of her four goals in the first half to help the Wildcats overcome an early 4-2 deficit.

Division II

C.W. Post 17, West Chester 16: The Pioneers (17-3) scored seven goals over a 13-minute span in the first half and and held on to defeat the Golden Rams (16-4) in Louisville, Ky., and win their third NCAA Division II championship.

West Chester made a late push, scoring five of the final six goals of the game, but Jackie Sileo, who set an NCAA championship game record with nine points, scored with 3:44 left to give C.W. Post a 17-15 lead.

Division III

Salisbury 15, Middlebury 7: Lauren Feusahrens had eight points on five goals and three assists to lead the Sea Gulls (22-0) past the Panthers (15-5) in the semifinals in Montclair, N.J.

With the win, Salisbury will make its fifth appearance in the title game.

Trinity (Conn.) 7, SUNY Cortland 5: Liz Bruno and Shea Kusiak each scored three goals to lead the Bantams (20-1) past the Red Dragons (20-2).

Trinity will face Salisbury in the title game Sunday at 2 p.m.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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