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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust led top-seeded Maryland to a 14-9 victory over Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday.
With the win, the Terps (21-0) punched their ticket to a fifth-straight national semifinal and will face either Syracuse or Florida Friday at Villanova Stadium. Aust recorded five goals and added two assists. The Sterling, Va., native also moved into third all-time in points (119) in single season history at Maryland.
After being stymied in the beginning of the Stony Brook match in the second round, the Terps wasted no time getting their attack rolling against the Blue Devils, notching the first two tallies of the game in the first seven minutes of play. Brooke Griffin and Halle Majorana put Maryland up with a pair of unassisted scores before Duke landed on the scoreboard with a goal at 20:25.
CHAPEL HILL - Third-seeded North Carolina scored three times in the first minute of the game, pouncing on unseeded Virginia and winning, 13-9, in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. With the victory, Carolina (16-3) advances to the NCAA semifinals for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes, led 10-2 at halftime and won despite five consecutive Virginia goals in the final 16 minutes of the game that made the final score 13-9 after UNC had built a commanding, 13-4 lead.
The Tar Heels got five goals and six total points from Abbey Friend in the game, tying her career highs in both categories. She also had six points in last weekend's NCAA second round win over Loyola. UNC also got three goals, two assists and five ground balls from Kara Cannizzaro. Emily Garrity had a fine all-around game, controlling a career-high seven draws, forcing three turnovers and scoring twice.