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Previewing the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinals

College SportsMaryland TerrapinsFlorida GatorsNorth Carolina Tar HeelsVirginia CavaliersNorthwestern WildcatsSyracuse Orange

Duke (11-7) at No. 1 seed Maryland (20-1)

Saturday, noon

Outlook: In one of three all-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals, the ACC champion Terps go for their fourth straight win over the Blue Devils. Beth Glaros (Wilde Lake) and Tewaaraton Award finalist Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) combined for 11 goals in the 19-10 Maryland win on March 1, but draw control made much of the difference as the Terps won 21 of 30, seven each by Cummings and Erin Collins. The Terps are aiming for a 12th national title.

No. 7 Boston College (15-5) at No. 2 Syracuse (19-2)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Boston College hadn't won an NCAA tournament game until last weekend, but now it's in the quarterfinals against one of the top title contenders. Syracuse, which has lost only to Maryland this season, won the regular-season meeting with the Eagles, 11-9, led by two goals and three assists from top scorer and Tewaaraton finalist Kayla Treanor. The Orange is looking for its third straight trip to the Final Four.

No. 6 Virginia (11-8) at No. 3 North Carolina (15-4)

Saturday, 1 pm.

Outlook: The defending national champion Tar Heels face a dangerous foe in surging Virginia, which has won seven of its last nine games after an 0-2 start to the season. The Tar Heels outshot the Cavaliers 43-27 in their 14-10 regular-season win, led by their all-time goals leader Abbey Friend's three goals and two assists. Carolina has won nine straight in the series.

No. 5 Northwestern (13-6) at No. 4 Florida (18-2)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Outlook: The American Lacrosse Conference rivals square off in the NCAA tournament for the first time with the ALC champ Gators looking for their third win over Northwestern in the last month. The Wildcats have been to the final four nine straight times, with seven championships, but Florida won both meetings this season, each by a single goal. The Gators, who have the top goal scorer in the country, Shannon Gilroy (4.15 per game), rallied from five goals down to win the ALC final, 9-8.

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