Penn edges Duke in OT to advance

The Baltimore Sun

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.

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