vs. No. 4
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
At Stony Brook, N.Y.
No. 1 Florida advanced to its first NCAA semifinal after topping
, 15-2, at Dizney Stadium on Saturday.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment, one I'm incredibly, incredibly proud of," Gators coach Amanda O'Leary said.
Top-seeded Florida (19-2) will face No.4 Syracuse in the national semifinal Friday at 5:30p.m. in Stony Brook, N.Y.
The Gators are averaging three more draw controls per game this season thanks in part to Shannon Gilroy, a freshman draw-control specialist who scored twice against the Nittany Lions (12-7).
Florida controlled play from start to finish, leading 8-2 at halftime and scoring runs of five and eight consecutive goals.
The Gators picked up a No. 1 seed after beating defending national champion
in the regular season.
The host Orange (18-3) is going to the final four for the third time in five years after Michelle Tumolo scored with five seconds remaining to give Syracuse a come-from-behind victory against the Tar Heels (15-4).
With North Carolina leading 16-14, Tumolo started Syracuse's comeback when she scored at the 9:24 mark.
On the next possession, Tumolo found a wide-open Kailah Kempney, who scored to tie the game with 39 seconds remaining.
Kempney won the ensuing draw, which set up Tumolo's game-winner.
The host Wildcats (19-2) held the Blue Devils (12-7) scoreless for almost 14 minutes in the second half and Northwestern will advance to Friday's semifinal match against No. 3 Maryland.
Erin Fitzgerald scored three of her four goals in the first half to help the Wildcats overcome an early 4-2 deficit.
The Pioneers (17-3) scored seven goals over a 13-minute span in the first half and and held on to defeat the Golden Rams (16-4) in Louisville, Ky., and win their third NCAA Division II championship.
West Chester made a late push, scoring five of the final six goals of the game, but Jackie Sileo, who set an NCAA championship game record with nine points, scored with 3:44 left to give C.W. Post a 17-15 lead.
Lauren Feusahrens had eight points on five goals and three assists to lead the
(22-0) past the
(15-5) in the semifinals in Montclair, N.J.
With the win, Salisbury will make its fifth appearance in the title game.
Liz Bruno and Shea Kusiak each scored three goals to lead the Bantams (20-1) past the Red Dragons (20-2).
Trinity will face
in the title game Sunday at 2 p.m.