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May 21, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After watching its three-goal lead evaporate early in the second half, the fifth-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team closed out the game with a 5-0 run to earn a 13-9 victory over No. 4 Florida Saturday afternoon from Dizney Stadium in NCAA quarterfinal action.
With the win, the Blue Devils, who improve to 15-4 overall, advance to the national semifinals for the sixth time in program history and the first time since 2008, while Florida finished its year with a 16-4 overall ledger. Duke will face top-seeded Maryland Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. in Stony Brook, N.Y.
"I'd like to congratulate Florida on an unbelievable season," head coach Kerstin Kimel said. "They deserve all the credit and congratulations from their coaching staff, to their kids. I just can't say enough about how hard we had to work this week to get ready for them. That is really a testament to how talented they are and how hard they worked all season."
The two teams were evenly matched across the board, with Florida holding the slight edge in total shots, 23-21. However, Duke earned the advantage on the draw with a 13-11 margin, including an 8-2 lead in the first half which allowed the Blue Devils to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann scored four goals apiece, and Brittany Dipper posted a career-high 15 saves to lead Maryland to a 15-6 victory over Princeton Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Mollison scored all of her goals in the first half, including three in a 30-second span that increased the Maryland (20-1) lead to 8-3.
Schwarzmann took over in the second half.
After being held with a goal in the first 30 minutes, the sophomore erupted with all four of her goals in the first 13:11 of the second half. Her final tally gave the Terps a 13-4 lead. Schwarzmann also added a pair of assists.
Princeton (12-7) led 3-1 midway through the first half on a pair of goals by Cassie Pyle and the Tigers could have had more were it not for Dipper who had a number of key saves from point-blank range.
Laura Merrifield, who had three goals, tied the game at 3-all with 8:25 left in the first half. It was the first of seven straight goals for the Terps.
"Obviously we're really excited to be in the position we're in today. It was quite a game," head coach Cathy Reese said. "They forced us to do a lot of things we didn't really want to do and I thought they played really hard. So we're really pleased to be heading to Stony Brook for the Final Four."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-seeded North Carolina got four goals and an assist from Laura Zimmerman and three goals and an assist from Corey Donohoe to defeat sixth-seeded Loyola 16-13 on Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game at Fetzer Field. Six different UNC players scored at least two goals in a balanced scoring attack.
The Tar Heels (15-5) advance and will play the winner of Saturday night's game between second-seeded Northwestern and seventh-seeded Albany in the NCAA semifinals next Friday evening in Stony Brook, N.Y. Carolina is making its third consecutive appearance in the semis after reaching the national title game in 2009 and the semifinals in 2010. The Tar Heels lost to Northwestern in each of those final four appearances. It will be UNC's sixth overall semifinal appearance.
On the day, Carolina also got two goals and an assist from Kara Cannizzaro and Becky Lynch, two goals from Emily Garrity and Brittney Coppa and a goal and two assists from Abbey Friend. The Tar Heels' 16 goals were the most given up by the Greyhounds this season.
For Loyola (17-3), All-America and national player of the year finalist Grace Gavin led the way with five goals and two assists. Meg Decker scored three goals, Marlee Paton scored twice and Abby Rehfuss had a goal and an assist. Taryn VanThof and Cara Filippelli added goals for the Greyhounds.
Trailing 6-5 with 10:30 left in the first half, the Tar Heels closed the half on a 5-1 scoring run to take a 10-7 lead into halftime. Five different Carolina players scored during the rally, and Zimmerman scored on a free position shot as the half expired for Carolina's 10th goal.