NCAA Women's Lacrosse Quarterfinals ACCtion: Saturday, May 19

May 19, 2012

No. 3 Terps Top Loyola, Advance to Final Four

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Katie Schwarzmann racked up a career-high eight points to help No. 3 Maryland defeat No. 6 Loyola 17-11 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Maryland (19-3) punched its ticket to the NCAA semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and the 20th time overall since the tournament began in 1983. Schwarzmann, a Tewaaraton Award finalist for the second straight season, established career bests in both points (8) and assists (4). Brooke Griffin added four goals and Karri Ellen Johnson tallied four points on a pair of goals and two assists.

After trailing Loyola 5-3 midway through the first half, the Terps utilized an explosive 5-0 run in a six-minute period in-and-around the 10-minute mark. Alex Aust recorded two goals to pace the attack in the run and help spark Maryland to a 9-6 halftime lead.

The teams exchanged a pair of two-goal runs each to open the second stanza. Leading 13-9 with 12 minutes remaining, Maryland reeled off another four unanswered goals, led by a pair from Schwarzmann, to push the lead to seven before a late Loyola goal capped the scoring at 17-11.

Late Goal Lifts Syracuse Over Tar Heels, 17-16

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Michelle Tumolo scored with five seconds remaining to cap a furious Syracuse rally in the final minutes and defeat North Carolina, 17-16, on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament at the Carrier Dome.

The Tar Heels (15-4) led 16-14 after a goal by Laura Zimmerman with 3:04 left to play, only to see Syracuse (18-3) score three times in the final 2:24, including twice in the final 39 seconds, to take the victory.

Carolina's bid for a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals fell short, despite the Tar Heels rallying from a 4-0 deficit in the first five minutes of the game.

"Congratulations to Syracuse," said UNC head coach Jenny Levy after the game. "That was a great game and definitely exciting for the fans. I'm proud of our team. We fought hard and did a lot of great things. We had a couple of turnovers in the last couple of minutes and a couple of calls that didn't go our way and hurt us. The bottom line is, you have to win the draw control an the ground balls to win the game and we didn't do very well with the ground balls at times."

Duke Falls to Northwestern in NCAA Quarterfinal

EVANSTON, Ill. - The seventh-seeded Duke women's lacrosse team twice built a two-goal lead to start the game, but the Blue Devils could not hold off No. 2 seed Northwestern, falling 12-7 in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday evening at Lakeside Field.

After Duke scored four goals early in the first half, Northwestern put together a 10-3 run to close the contest as the Blue Devils failed to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

Duke received two goals each from sophomore Maddy Morrissey and freshman Taylor Trimble, who bolstered her team-leading total to 28 for the season. Junior Makenzie Hommel and senior Amanda Jones also added goals for the Blue Devils. Erin Fitzgerald paced the Northwestern offensive with four goals, followed by Shannon Smith with three.

"I think obviously this is a tough loss for us," said head coach Kerstin Kimel. "I am really proud of my team this year. We had a lot of ups and downs. We've had a lot of injuries. I thought we gave a hell of an effort tonight. I thought we did a lot of good things. We had a lot of great opportunities, unfortunately didn't finish on some of those, but in terms of how our season has gone, I told our team tonight that I am just really, really proud of them. They never got down over the course of the season, they always kept their heads up, they worked so hard, and they prepared well for every game. It's just always tough to end your season with a loss in the tournament, especially when you're a program that expects to be going to the Final Four."