#ACCWLAX in NCAA Second Round: Three Teams Advance to Quarterfinals

Duke Headed to NCAA Quarterfinals with Win over USC

DURHAM, N.C. – Four Blue Devils turned in hat tricks and junior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea anchored the defense with eight saves to keep Duke’s NCAA Tournament run alive with a 17-9 second round victory over Southern California Sunday at Koskinen Stadium. The third-seeded Blue Devils (15-4) secured a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals for the 11th consecutive season and will face Princeton next weekend in Durham to vie for a trip to the national semifinals.

Senior attacker Kerrin Maurer headlined a balanced offensive attack with four goals and two assists in the win. The Setauket, N.Y., native delivered a historic performance, surpassing former Blue Devil player and assistant coach Kristen Waagbo to become the program’s all-time leader in career assists with 117 over her four seasons.

Fellow seniors Brigid Smith and Taylor Trimble and freshman Kyra Harney joined Maurer in notching hat tricks, while senior Katie Trees recorded a career-high four assists to go with two goals. Michaela Michael, Cynthia Del Core and Amanda Johansen paced the Trojans’ attack with two tallies apiece.

“We looked like a little bit of a different team than we were last week, which was great,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “That’s a testament to a hard week of practice and a tough look at ourselves. Our kids were really sharp in terms of knowing the game plan and what our looks need to be. The fact that we were able to gain some momentum out of transition really helped.”

The Blue Devils capitalized on early success at the draw, jumping out to a 5-1 advantage less than seven minutes into the opening period behind a hat trick from Trimble. Junior Maddy Acton and Maurer also added scores before Cynthia Del Core of Southern California answered to cut it to 6-2.

Tar Heels Advance Past Florida, 11-6

CHAPEL HILL – Aly Messinger scored four goals and Caylee Waters made 10 saves as the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team beat Florida, 11-6, in the NCAA Tournament second round at Fetzer Field on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels advance to host Penn State in an NCAA quarterfinal game next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill.

Waters and the UNC defense limited the Florida offense, which entered the game ranked second in the nation in goals per game at 15.92, to six goals (tying its lowest output of the season). Tar Heel defender Courtney Waite marked Florida’s Shannon Gilroy, Florida’s all-time goals leader, for most of Sunday’s contest. Waite held Gilroy to two goals, both on free position opportunities, after she’d scored four goals in Friday’s win over Stanford. The Tar Heels held the Gators to 6 of 23 shooting on the day.

Messinger led the Tar Heels with her four goals, while Sammy Jo Tracy added three with five draw controls. Marie McCool had two goals, an assist and three draw controls, Sam McGee had a goal and two assists and Maggie Bill had a goal and an assist. Sydney Holman also dished out an assist for Carolina.

Gilroy scored twice for Florida, which also go two goals from Mollie Stevens. Shayna Piirreca had a goal and an assist, Carli Marsh added a goal and Lauren Lea and Sammi Burgess had single assists.

“First of all, we obviously are extremely excited,” Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. “We felt like Florida is a tough opponent, and congrats to them on a great season. They’ve got top talent in their roster. They obviously have a Tewaaraton finalist in Shannon Gilroy. We knew this would be a great game for us to open up our NCAA season with, and I’m just really happy and proud of how we played. It wasn't a perfect game but we were tough and dug deep at different stretches. It wasn't a surprise to us that they had a little bit of a run in the second half because they are a great program with a history and tradition, although it’s short, of winning and so we welcomed [Florida] to Fetzer today and we are really excited about how we competed.”

Treanor Leads Orange Past Penn and into NCAA Quarterfinals

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Kayla Treanor tallied a game-high six points to lead No. 3/3 Syracuse to a 13-10 victory against No. 15/14 Pennsylvania in the second round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The Orange advances to the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year where it will take on Loyola.

A back-and-forth first half featured four ties. The Orange (15-7) led 2-1 before the Quakers (14-5) tallied three straight goals to take its largest lead of the game at 4-2 with 20:28 on the clock. Back-to-back goals by juniorTaylor Gait and senior Kailah Kempney again tied the game at 4-4. The teams were deadlocked again at 6-6 before Treanor netted one of her four goals on a free position attempt to give the Orange the lead for good with 5:55 remaining in the first half.

Freshman Kathy Rudkin caused a turnover and senior Mallory Vehar picked up the ground ball to give Syracuse possession with 1:47 on the clock. Orange head coach Gary Gait called timeout and SU ran the play he called to perfection when Treanor passed the ball to junior Halle Majorana, who was camped out on the left side of the crease. She put her shot in the back of the net with 16 seconds on the clock as the Orange went into the locker room at intermission with an 8-6 lead.

Syracuse outscored Penn, 3-1, in the first four minutes of the second half to take its largest of the game of four with 26:44 remaining. Gait, Treanor and freshman Riley Donahue all found the back of the net to extend the Orange's lead to 11-7. With Syracuse leading 12-8, Tory Bensen recorded two straight goals, both on assists by Nina Corcoran, to cut Syracuse's advantage to two, but that was as close as Pennsylvania could get.

Treanor capped a lengthy possession for the Orange that lasted more than four minutes with her fourth goal of the game to put the Orange back up by three at 13-10. Penn won the ensuing draw and Shannon Mangini tried to cut the Quakers' deficit to two, but Syracuse goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson made the save as Syracuse recorded the three-goal victory.

Virginia's Season End with a 13-11 Loss to Penn State in NCAA Tournament Second Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's lacrosse team (12-7, 4-3 ACC), the No. 7 seed in the 2015 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, had its 2015 season come to an end with a 13-11 loss to Penn State (16-4, 4-1 Big Ten) in the tournament's second-round on Sunday (May 10) at Klöckner Stadium.

After trailing 8-5 at halftime, Virginia tied the game, 9-9, when junior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) picked up a ground ball in front of the net and smashed in a shot with 12:34 remaining, but Penn State answered a minute later with a free position goal to retake the lead. The Nittany Lions scored again with four minutes remaining to build up an 11-9 lead, adding a third-straight goal with 1:36 left to go up 12-9.

Redshirt senior Liza Blue (Butler, Md.) scored on a free position shot 11 seconds later, but Penn State again answered with a goal to make it a 13-10 game. Penn State won the ensuing draw control but Virginia got the ball back after senior Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) forced a turnover, setting up senior Casey Bocklet's (South Salem, N.Y.) 44th goal of the season with 30 seconds remaining.

Swan battled and won the ensuing draw control with Boyd taking a shot with four seconds left, but Penn State's Emi Smith made the save, with Penn State holding on for the victory.

Irish Fall at Northwestern in NCAA Tournament, 16-11

A nine-goal second half offensive burst tore open a game that had been tied at halftime and pushed No. 8 seed Northwestern (14-6) past Notre Dame (11-9), 16-11, in an NCAA Tournament second round game on Sunday at the Wildcats' Lakeside Field.

Heidi Annaheim and Rachel Sexton each had a hat trick and an assist to pace Notre Dame on offense. Irish goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan made 10 saves and senior Caitlin Gargan scored twice and added an assist for a three-point game.

Tewaaraton Award finalist Barbara Sullivan controlled four draws in the game today with a pair of caused turnovers and a ground ball. She finishes the season with a school-record 85 draw controls while her 36 caused turnovers will likely continue to top the Atlantic Coast Conference.

#5 Boston College Stymied in NCAA Tournament by Loyola, 19-12

• When the Eagles were down, 12-3, in the second half, the Maroon & Gold surged back to score four consecutive goals (Caroline Margolis, Kara Magley, Tess Chandler, Covie Stanwick), bringing BC within five of the Greyhounds.
• Junior midfielder Kara Magley recorded a career-high eight draw controls while junior defender Molly Erdletied a career high with three caused turnovers against Loyola Maryland.
• Five straight goals from the Greyhounds (Kara Burke, Annie Thomas, Burke, Taryn VanThof, Hannah Schmitt) gave the Greyhounds a 7-1 advantage in the first half.
• Loyola Maryland entered halftime leading, 8-2.
• Kara Burke Burke scored a career-high eight goals for 10 total points to stifle the Eagles.