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NCAA women's lacrosse: Maryland makes Final Four

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Katie Schwarzmann had four goals and four assists, and third-seeded Maryland beat in-state foe Loyola 17-11 Saturday to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament.

Brooke Griffin had four goals and an assist for the Terrapins (18-3). Maryland will face the winner of Northwestern-Duke game, which was scheduled for Saturday night.

The Terrapins trailed 5-3 before going on a five-goal run in which Schwarzmann contributed a goal and two assists. The Terrapins led 9-6 at halftime, then let the margin slip to one goal before pulling away.

Brittany Dipper had eight saves, and four different players contributed two goals to the Maryland attack.

Hannah Schmitt scored five goals for sixth-seeded Loyola (14-5). The Greyhounds are coached by Maryland graduate Jen Adams.

Northwestern ousts Duke

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Erin Fitzgerald scored four goals and defending national champion Northwestern rebounded from a slow start to defeat Duke 12-7 on Saturday night to advance to the NCAA women's lacrosse Final Four for the eighth straight season.

The second-seeded Wildcats (19-2) pulled away in the second half - outscoring the Blue Devils 6-3 - and will face No. 3 Maryland in the semifinals on Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Northwestern's Shannon Smith scored three times, giving her 252 career goals to set a team record. Amanda Macaluso, Taylor Thornton, Alyssa Leonard, Lacey Vigmostad and Garbiella Flibotte also connected for Northwestern, which has won six of the last seven NCAA titles, missing only in 2010.

Taylor Trimble and Maddy Morrissey both scored twice for Duke (12-7), which also got goals from Makenzie Hommel, Amanda Jones and Kerrin Mauer.

Syracuse edges North Carolina

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Michelle Tumolo scored with 5 seconds remaining in regulation as Syracuse rallied past North Carolina, 17-16, on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament.

The Orange (18-3) fought back from a two-goal deficit in the final 3 minutes to beat the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (15-4) and earn the program's third trip to the national semifinals in the past five years.

Syracuse will play top-seeded Florida (19-2) Friday. The Orange beat the Gators, 12-11, in two overtimes in the regular season.

Tumolo scored two of Syracuse's final three goals against the Tar Heels and assisted on Kailah Kempney's goal that tied the score at 16-all with 39 seconds left.

Tumolo finished with four goals and one assist, while Katie Webster and Alyssa Murray each had three goals.

Laura Zimmerman had six goals and Kara Cannizzaro had five for the Tar Heels.

Florida routs Penn State

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Brittany Dashiell and Nora Barry each scored three goals and top-seeded Florida advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament for the first time with a 15-2 victory over Penn State in the second round on Saturday.

Shannon Gilroy, Kitty Cullen and Ashley Bruns added two goals apiece for the Gators (19-2), who led 8-2 at halftime and held the Nittany Lions scoreless in the second half.

Florida goalie Mikey Meagher made seven saves.

In the semifinals, Florida will travel to Stony Brook, N.Y., and play the winner between Syracuse and North Carolina on May 25. The Gators lost to both teams in the regular season.

Dana Cahill had 13 saves and Haley Ford and Lizzy Carney each scored a goal for Penn State (12-7).