By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun
9:51 PM EDT, May 25, 2012
Same opponent, same result for Florida — but this time with a more painful outcome.
For the second time this season, Syracuse beat the Gators in double overtime.
On Friday, it was a 14-13 win in the NCAA women's lacrosse semifinals at LaValle Field in Stony Brook, N.Y.
The win for the No. 4 Orange came after top-seeded Florida saw a seven-goal lead disappear as Syracuse took its only lead of the game with its final goal.
"It's a game or runs and they made their run when it counted," Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said. "It was a fantastic comeback. They never gave up. We knew they wouldn't… I'm really proud of our season. We're still in the third year of our program. It's quite a thing to compete in the final four at that stage in our program."
Florida had led 12-5 with 17:15 to go in regulation after Brittany Dashiell scored her fourth goal of the game.
Syracuse's Sarah Holden scored 2:02 in sudden-death overtime. Florida's Gabi Wiegand seemed to have won the game when she scored on a free-position shot with nine seconds remaining in the first overtime, but officials ruled she had an illegal stick and the goal was disallowed.
But Syracuse scored eight of the final nine goals in the game to force overtime as UF picked up two yellow cards in the final minute.
UF goalie Mikey Meagher, who finished with a school-record 15 saves, made a save with about a minute to go but threw the ball out of bounds attempting a pass near midfield to run out the clock. That allowed Syracuse to retain possession and Bolden to score with 30 seconds remaining.
"I think on that throw I panicked and unfortunately it was a turnover and resulted in a goal at the other end, so it's just something I have to learn from personally to take my time. I had time," Meagher said.
Florida led 7-3 at halftime thanks largely to four goals from freshman Shannon Gilroy. She finished with five goals.
The loss was the second to the Orange (19-3) this season. Syracuse had beaten Florida 12-11 in double OT in March. In only its third season, Florida made its deepest run in the NCAA Tournament and finished 19-3.
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