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NCAA women's tournament semifinal capsules

Penn State's Tatum Coffey, right, collides with North Carolina's Sam McGee, left, and Sydney Holman (10) during an NCAA women's college lacrosse game in Fetzer Field, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina plays Duke in the national semifinals.
Penn State's Tatum Coffey, right, collides with North Carolina's Sam McGee, left, and Sydney Holman (10) during an NCAA women's college lacrosse game in Fetzer Field, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina plays Duke in the national semifinals.(Bernard Thomas / Associated Press)

No. 2 North Carolina (17-3) vs. Vs. No. 3 Duke (16-4)

When: 5 p.m.

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Where: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.

TV: ESPN3

Outlook: In the 20th anniversary of their programs, the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils are meeting for the first time on championship weekend. They've played 30 times, including once in the NCAA tournament, 10 years ago. North Carolina won this year's regular-season meeting, 12-6, and has a 16-14 edge in the series. Both teams come off stellar defensive performances in the quarterfinals. The Tar Heels held Penn State to its lowest offensive output in an 11-8 win while the Blue Devils did the same to Princeton in a 7-3 win. When the two met on April 17, the Tar Heels got the jump on Duke with a five-goal run for a 5-1 lead midway through the first half. Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said her senior-laden defense, which has allowed 7.6 goals per game, struggled in that game. This time, she said they can't fall into a four-goal hole. The Tar Heels allow just 7.95 goals per game. After winning the national championship in 2013, the Tar Heels saw their repeat hopes end, in part, in a handful of key injuries. Again, they're without two key players who suffered torn ACLs, North Carroll graduate Brittney Coppa and Molly Hendrick. While Hendrick is out for the year, Coppa, a redshirt senior who missed last season with a torn ACL in the opposite knee, played part of Saturday's game and may play this weekend, said North Carolina coach Jenny Levy. Two Tar Heels back from injury last season have played key roles, Sydney Holman (ACL) and Sammy Jo Tracy (foot). Holman leads the Tar Heels in assists with 23 and Tracy is second in points (37 goals, 5 assists) behind Aly Messinger (38, 16). Kerrin Maurer leads Duke with 43 goals and 29 assists followed by Brigid Smith (37, 19).

No. 1 Maryland (18-1) vs. No. 4 Syracuse (16-7)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.

TV: ESPN3

Outlook: In this rematch of last year's national title game, the defending champion Terps aim to continue their dominance over the Orange. In 18 meetings, Maryland has won 17 – four times in the NCAA tournament. In addition to last season's 15-12 championship victory, the Terps won in the semifinals in 2013 and 2010 and in the quarterfinals in 2009. While the Terps are looking for their 19th trip to the final and their 13th national championship (12 in the NCAA), the Orange have been to the title game twice without a victory. The lone Orange win over the Terps came in 2012, but most of their recent games have been close — seven of the last 10 within three goals. The Terps won, 10-7, in early March, but coach Gary Gait's Orange have already avenged four regular-season losses in the playoffs. Every team, they've met twice, they've beaten the second time, including three losses to Boston College, Duke and North Carolina in winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The Orange also avenged a loss to Loyola with a 10-7 NCAA quarterfinal win. Both teams have plenty of firepower lead by two-time Tewaaraton finalist juniors — Maryland's reigning Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings (58 goals, 31 assists) and Syracuse's Kayla Treanor (57, 29) — but the Terps have the edge on defense where their quick man coverage frustrates most opponents and holds them to an average of 7.2 goals. The Orange allow 10.5 goals per game. The draws will also be key as Cummings, who has controlled 131 draws, battles with Kailah Kempney, who has won 178. Cummings won six in the regular-season meeting and the Terps controlled 11 of 19 although the teams were even at four each in the second half. Cathy Reese's Terps, whose only loss was to Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, played perhaps their best half this season in ripping Northwestern 11-1 in the second half of their 17-5 quarterfinal victory. They won most of the draws, held the Wildcats to six shots and had eight assisted goals.

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—Katherine Dunn

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