Women's Lacrosse NCAA Semifinal ACCtion: Friday, May 28

May 29, 2010

Terps Surge Past Syracuse in NCAA Semis

TOWSON, Md. - Led by four goals from Caitlyn McFadden, who celebrated her 22nd birthday Friday, No. 1 Maryland topped Syracuse, 14-5, to advance to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship game.

McFadden was one of seven Maryland (21-1) goal-scorers on the night. Karri Ellen Johnson, Katie Schwarzmann, Sarah Mollison, and Laura Merrifield all added a pair of goals as Maryland advances to its first national title game since 2001 and its 15th overall in program history.

The Terps put together a spectacular first half in which they dominated every statistical category and, most importantly, the score. A 7-2 first half lead was due much in part to an 8-2 draw control advantage. Merrifield and Mollison led the scoring charge through 30 minutes with two goals each. The Maryland defense did not allow an Orange goal until Hillary Quillinan finally got a shot past Terp goalie Brittany Dipper at 12:52. Maryland outshot Syracuse, 17-9, in the first stanza.

After striking first in the second half with a McFadden goal at 28:14, the Terps were able to survive their longest scoring drought of the season. The Orange defense held Maryland scoreless for nearly 22 minutes, while tallying three unanswered scores to lessen Maryland's lead to three.

Despite the scoring lull, the Terp offense awoke with 6:26 remaining in the match, erupting for five goals in a three-minute span with scores coming from four different players - Katie Schwarzmann, Johnson, Kristy Black and two from Tewaaraton nominee McFadden. Freshman Alex Aust capped the match with a free position freebie with 2:11 remaining after Syracuse goalie Liz Hogan was served a red card.

Johnson, who tied a career-high with three assists, led Maryland in ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (2). The Terrapin defense has now held 20 of the 22 opponents it has faced to 10 or fewer goals.

Northwestern Ends Tar Heels' Season, 15-10

Towson, Md. -- Northwestern scored four consecutive goals late in the game to pull away and defeat North Carolina, 15-10, in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament semifinals on Friday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium. After Corey Donohoe scored back-to-back goals for Carolina to pull the Tar Heels within a goal at 10-9 with 15:49 left in the game, the Wildcats dominated possession and went on their 4-0 run to build a 14-9 lead that UNC could not overcome.

Five-time defending NCAA champion and second-seeded Northwestern (20-1) avenges its only loss of the season, an 18-16 defeat at the hands of the third-seeded Tar Heels (17-3) on April 18. The Wildcats advance to Sunday's NCAA championship game and will face top-seeded Maryland, which beat unseeded Syracuse, in Friday's first semifinal game.

Donohoe (two goals and two assists) and Laura Zimmerman (three goals) led Carolina's attack. Donohoe finishes the season with a school-record 77 points on 54 goals and 23 assists. Kellie Thompson held the previous Carolina mark with 76 points in 2002.

Megan Bosica scored twice for Carolina and Kristen Taylor, Kristen Carr and Becky Lynch scored one goal apiece. Emily Garrity dished out an assist for the Tar Heels, who fall to 1-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament semifinal games.

Katrina Dowd, Erin Fitzgerald and Danielle Spencer scored three goals each for Northwestern. Shannon Smith had two goals and two assists for the Wildcats and Alexandra Frank and Brooke Matthews each scored twice. Kendall Santulli had an assist for NU.