GAINESVILLE, Fla. Carthage native Kat DeRonda scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to lift the fifth-seeded Northwestern womens lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over No. 4 Florida in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Wildcats (14-6) advanced to the Final Four for the 10th straight season. DeRonda, a 2010 Carthage graduate and former Times All-North Most Valuable Player, finished with three goals overall.
She scored her first goal midway through the second half to cut Floridas lead to 9-8.
DeRondas former teammate, 2011 Carthage grad Kailah Kempney, won four draw controls to help No. 2 Syracuse capture an 11-9 victory over Boston College in a quarterfinals game at the Carrier Dome.
The Orange, which will play Virginia in the semifinals on Friday, has reached the Final Four in each of Kempneys three seasons.
Erin Francis, who graduated from Massena last June, is an attacker for the Orange.
SEASON ENDS FOR MILES, HEELS
Kayla Miles didnt make an appearance as North Carolina lost to Virginia, 11-9, in the quarterfinals to end their season at 15-5.
Miles, a freshman who graduated from Immaculate Heart Central last June, played six games as a defender and midfielder in her first season.
RED DRAGONS STAY HOT
SUNY Cortland captured a 19-3 victory over Redlands in the NCAA Division III womens lacrosse third round.
Ogdensburg Free Academy product Chelsea Martin has posted four goals and five assists in 20 games this season as a junior midfielder/defender for the Red Dragons, who improved to 21-0 and will host Colby in todays quarterfinals.
MATTHEWSON SITS OUT
SUNY Fredonias season ended with a 16-5 loss to Trinity in a third-round game.
Christina Matthewson, a goalie who graduated from Watertown High School last June, did not make an appearance. She played in nine games and finished her freshman year with a 3-2 record.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
In the mens Division I Tournament, former Watertown High and General Brown standout, Kendall Vecchio, is a freshman midfielder for Johns Hopkins (11-4), which faces top-seeded Duke in an NCAA quarterfinal at noon today.
In Division II, former IHC standout Bill Koelmel will play as a defensive midfielder for second-seeded Limestone (17-1), which will play Tampa in todays semifinals.
In Division III, Watertown native Jim Berkman will lead Salisbury University (20-1) into its semifinal game against Washington (Md.) at 7 tonight.
Berkman is the winningest coach all-time in NCAA mens lacrosse and a 10-time national champion.