Women's lacrosse notebook: ACC rules the quarterfinals

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The Atlantic Coast Conference boasts more teams in the NCAA women's lacrosse quarterfinals than any other conference — No. 1 seed Maryland, No. 3 North Carolina, Duke and Virginia.

Those teams have posted a .822 winning percentage against non-conference teams this season. Boston College also made the tournament, but fell in the first weekend as ACC teams went 6-1.

Only two ACC teams will make it to the final four, however, since in Saturday's semifinals Maryland will play Duke in College Park and North Carolina will play Virginia in Chapel Hill. This will be the tenth time in the 17-year history of the ACC that at least two teams reach the semifinals. Nearly half of the national semifinalists – 30 of 68 – have come from the ACC over those 17 years.

ACC teams have won 13 NCAA champions – 10 by Maryland and three by Virginia.

The American Lacrosse Conference has three teams in the quarterfinals – No. 2 Northwestern, No. 5 Florida and No. 7 Penn State. Teams now in the ALC has won nine NCAA championships – seven by two-time defending champion Northwestern and two by Penn State.

Penn State travels to Northwestern for Saturday's game while Florida heads to No. 4 Syracuse, the lone Big East representative.

Since 1991, only four programs have claimed national titles – Maryland (nine), Northwestern (seven), Virginia (three) and Princeton (three).

Timchal still tops in tournament

Navy coach Cindy Timchal has coached in more NCAA tournaments than any other women's lacrosse coach, and with Navy's first-round win and second-round loss last weekend, she's tied with Princeton coach Chris Sailer for the most tournament games coached.

In 25 tournaments – with Northwestern, Maryland and Navy – Timchal has a 30-17 record, the same as Sailer, whose Tigers fell in the first round. Sailer has taken the Tigers to 20 NCAA tournaments.

Timchal has coached eight national championship teams – all at Maryland. Sailer has taken three Tigers teams to the title.

When it comes to tournament wins and winning percentage, however, both veterans trail Northwestern's Kelly Amonte Hiller, who is 32-2 in leading the Wildcats to seven of the past eight titles.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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