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May 22, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The top-ranked Maryland Terrapins turned to a pair of All-Americans with a berth in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship on the line.
Junior Sarah Mollison and senior Caitlyn McFadden scored five goals apiece to lead the Terps to a 15-10 victory over the eighth-seeded Penn Quakers in Saturday's quarterfinal round.
Leading scorer Karri Ellen Johnson added four goals for Maryland (20-1) which advances to the NCAA semifinals for the second year in a row and 18th time in school history.
The Terps, who face Syracuse on Friday at Towson University, had a tough time dispatching of the Quakers, a squad seeking their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA semifinals.
Less than a minute into the second half, a goal by Penn's Erin Brennan cut the deficit to 6-5, but the Terps got back-to-back tallies from McFadden and Mollison in a two-minute stretch to increase the lead to 8-5.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team held Virginia scoreless for nearly 22 minutes in the first half and cruised to a 17-7 victory over the Cavaliers in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. Six Tar Heels scored multiple goals in the game, led by Laura Zimmerman's four scores. Corey Donohoe and Kristen Taylor tallied three goals and one assist apiece for UNC.
Third-seeded Carolina advances to next weekend's NCAA semifinals in Towson, Md., and will face second-seeded Northwestern, which beat seventh-seeded Duke by an 18-8 score on Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Earlier this season, the Tar Heels handed the Wildcats their only loss of the 2010 season, 18-16, in Evanston.
Top-seeded Maryland will play unseeded Syracuse in the other national semifinal in Towson next Friday. The Terrapins beat eighth-seeded Penn, 15-10, and the Orange beat fifth-seeded James Madison, 7-3, on Saturday.
UNC advances to the NCAA semifinals for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall. The Tar Heels reached the national title game in 2009 before losing to Northwestern. UNC also reached the national semifinals in 1997, 1998 and 2002 prior to doing so in each of the last two campaigns.
EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 2 Northwestern, in search of its sixth consecutive national championship, scored 10 unanswered goals to open the game and never looked back, defeating the seventh-seeded Duke women's lacrosse team 18-8 Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Field in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Northwestern improves to 19-1 overall and will play third-seeded North Carolina in the NCAA semifinals. Duke ends its season with a 15-5 record after making its thirteenth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Northwestern's Danielle Spencer led all scorers with four goals and two assists as the Wildcats had five players register three or more goals in the contest. Lindsay Gilbride, Kat Thomas and Christie Kaestner paced the Devil attack with two goals each, while Amanda Jones and Kim Wenger also netted goals for Duke.