Syracuse will play in the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history after defeating visiting North Carolina, 13-11, yesterday. The victory was the Orange's 11th straight and extended its school-record win total to 18.
"I thought it was a great team effort," Orange coach Gary Gait said. "We knew Carolina was very athletic and a very good team. I thought we prepared well, and the players stepped up when we needed to and executed. That's what it takes to win games like this - players to make plays and to get the ball to bounce your way once or twice. It thought it went well today, and I'm excited about heading down to Towson."
Junior attack Katie Rowan led the Orange with two goals and four assists. She has 69 assists this season, which ties the NCAA season record. Three of Rowan's points came in the final 10 minutes as Syracuse rallied from a one-goal deficit to take the lead for good. Sophomore Christina Dove (Bel Air) added three goals and two assists.
In a game that featured four ties, North Carolina (13-7) broke a tie at 9, taking its first lead on Megan Bosica's third goal of the contest with 9:50 remaining.
After an Orange timeout, Rowan scored an unassisted goal 45 seconds later to tie the score, and then fed Halley Quillinan for a goal that put Syracuse ahead for good with 8:30 left.
Syracuse (18-2) increased its lead when Mosenson scored on a pass from Rowan, before North Carolina again cut the lead to one on Bosica's fourth goal of the game.
The Orange clinched the victory when freshman goalkeeper Liz Hogan threw a clearing pass 55 yards to Jackie DePetris, who scored an open-net goal with 55 seconds remaining for the 13-11 final.
Northwestern 18, Princeton 11 -- The host Wildcats (19-1) routed the Tigers for their 14th consecutive NCAA tournament win. Northwestern juniors Hilary Bowen, Hannah Nielsen and Casey Donohoe (Notre Dame Prep) and sophomore Katrina Dowd each scored three goals. Northwestern set the tone early, as goals by Donohoe, Bowen and Nielsen gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead before the Tigers (13-5) were able to get the ball into their offensive zone.
Pennsylvania 8, Boston University 5 -- Rachel Manson and Emma Spiro scored two goals each to lead the host Quakers over the Terriers (18-3). Penn (16-1) will play Duke in the semifinals.