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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 4 Syracuse is returning to championship weekend for the fifth straight year after defeating No. 5 USC, 12-11, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament. Graduate student Allie Murray made a save with nine seconds left in regulation to keep the game tied, and senior Kelly Cross tallied the game winner in the first extra session to punch the Orange's ticket to the national semifinals.
Syracuse will face either No. 1 Maryland or Massachusetts on Friday, May 27 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. The national semifinals are set for 5 and 7:30 p.m.
"It was an amazing game," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "(It was) back and forth, a game of runs. I thought USC was an amazing team. They certainly showed why they were 20-0 (coming into the game). In the back of my head the number was 12, and it ended up being 12. That's the first time anybody's put 12 up on them this year. It was key to get opportunities to put the ball into the back of the net and make sure it wasn't a nine- or 10-goal game."
CHAPEL HILL—Third-seeded North Carolina got three goals and six draw controls from Marie McCool and beat sixth seeded Notre Dame, 10-6, in an NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at Fetzer Field. Carolina advances next Friday’s NCAA semifinal in Chester, Pa., to face Penn State, which beat Penn earlier on Saturday afternoon.
UNC scored four of the first five goals after halftime and the Carolina defense limited the Fighting Irish to two goals and two draw controls after the break.
The Tar Heels advance to the NCAA semifinals for the ninth time overall and the sixth time in the last eight years. UNC is now 20-2 at home in NCAA Tournament games and has won 19 of its last 20 NCAA home contests.