After making the final four for the first time in 23 years last season, Pennsylvania's women's lacrosse team is going one step further this year.
Rachel Manson scored the game-winner on a feed from Giulia Giordano with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the second-seeded Quakers a 9-8 victory over unseeded Duke in the NCAA Division I semifinals last night before an announced 6,300 at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Giordano set up for a free-position shot with 45 seconds left, but she saw Manson free on her right.
"I looked at Julia, and she looked at me, and I knew she was going to pass it to me," Manson said. "I had no defense on me ... I was wide open, and Julia gave me a great pass."
Duke goalie Kim Imbesi, who had been critical late in the game during the previous two rounds in upsets of Georgetown and Maryland, didn't have much of a chance at the shot.
"I knew the pass was coming," Imbesi said. "On a shot like that ... it's really a guessing game, and I guessed low, wide, and she shot right above me. Those are really tough."
The Quakers (17-1), who ended the season ranked No. 1, will meet three-time defending champion Northwestern for the title tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Earlier this season, the Quakers broke a 36-game Wildcats winning streak with a 15-11 victory in Philadelphia.
Duke's Lindsay Gilbride tied it on a low free-position shot with one minute left in regulation.
Duke 4 4 0 - 8
Penn 3 5 1 - 9
Goals: D-Davis 5, Gilbride 2, Bullard; P-Lehman 3, Manson 2, DeLuca, Giordano, Lombardo, Spiro. Assists: P-Giordano 2, Ambrozy, Kocis. Saves: D-Imbesi 7; P-Waxman 7.