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Syracuse, Northwestern Meet in NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Title Game

May 26, 2012

Syracuse University and Northwestern University will meet in the women’s college lacrosse national championship game.

Sarah Holden’s goal in the second overtime period gave No. 4 Syracuse a 14-13 win last night against top-seeded University of Florida in the first National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinal at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, New York.

Holden’s fourth goal of the game capped a Syracuse (19-3) comeback from a seven-goal deficit.

“It actually was kind of slow motion,” Holden said. “I remember specifically the first play of the game when we were in our set offense, and I went low and the goalie made a save. I was 100-percent certain that would not happen to me again. So, I just did a split dodge, buried it and it went in.”

A goal by Florida’s Gabi Wiegand with nine seconds remaining in the first overtime was disallowed because officials ruled she had an illegal stick because the pocket was too deep.

Shannon Gilroy scored five goals and Brittany Dashiell added four for the Gators (19-3), who led 12-5 midway through the second half.

Taylor Thornton and Jessica Russo scored two goals apiece as second-seeded Northwestern won 9-7 against No. 3 Maryland, which got three goals from Katie Schwarzmann. The championship contest is set tomorrow in Stony Brook.

In the men’s NCAA lacrosse semifinals today at Foxborough, Massachusetts, it will be Notre Dame against Loyola Maryland and Duke facing Maryland.

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