TOWSON, Md. Senior Alyssa Murray had six goals and three assists as second-seeded Syracuse University ripped sixth-seeded Virginia, 16-8, at Johnny Unitas Stadium in the NCAA Division I womens lacrosse semifinals to clinch the schools second trip to the title game.
The Orange (21-2) will meet top-seeded Maryland for the title on Sunday night. The Terrapins beat Northwestern 9-6.
The Gary Gait-led Orange has reached the semifinals five times since 2008, but lost to Northwestern in 2012 its only previous appearance in the national final.
I thought that was a great effort on our part, Gait said. It was a very good Virginia team that fought hard to the end. I thought our focus was very good from the opening whistle. The execution was exceptional.
Kayla Treanor had four goals and three assists, setting Syracuses single-season womens lacrosse goal-scoring record with 77 goals.
Carthages Kailah Kempney contributed two goals for the Orange, which took an 9-3 halftime lead.
Katie Boyle and Maddie Keeshan both had three goals for Virginia (12-9), which had become the first eight-loss team in tournament history to advance to the semifinals.