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VILLANOVA, Pa. - Kelly McPartland scored three second half goals to lead top-seeded Maryland to its 17th NCAA title game with an 11-10 victory against Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday.
Maryland (22-0) reaped the benefits of six different goal-scorers on the day and put on a staunch defensive effort in the second half, holding Syracuse (18-4) scoreless in the final 18:31 of play.
Maryland landed on the board first, courtesy of ACC Rookie of the Year Taylor Cummings. The freshman tallied an unassisted goal 2:12 into the game for an early 1-0 Terrapin advantage. Aust padded that lead to two after a nice look from McPartland up the middle at 25:21.
Syracuse cut the cushion in half with a Kayla Treanor score at 21:56 before Cummings netted her second score of the game on a free position goal.
VILLANOVA, PA. - Kara Cannizzaro scored four consecutive second-half goals and Abbey Friend scored three times as third-seeded North Carolina dominated second-seeded Northwestern, 11-4, on Friday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at Villanova Stadium. The victory sends the Tar Heels to their second appearance in the national championship game.
The win improves Carolina to 17-3 this season and ties the school record for wins in a season set previously in 2002 and 2010.
Carolina snapped Northwestern's streak of eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA title game. The Tar Heels had been 0-4 against the Wildcats in NCAA Tournament play prior to Friday.
UNC, making its seventh appearance in the national semifinals and fourth in five years, also beat Northwestern 11-8 during the regular season on Feb. 22. The only other time a Kelly Amonte Hiller-coached Northwestern team has lost to the same team twice in the same season was last year against Florida.