May 23, 2014

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In-Game: Virginia vs. Syracuse (Women's NCAA Semis)

by Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | May Madness Home

Tewaaraton finalist Alyssa Murray had six goals and three assists in Syracuse's 16-8 NCAA semifinal victory Friday over Virginia. (Greg Wall)

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TOWSON, Md. -- ACC foes Virginia and Syracuse meet for the second time this season to open the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse semifinals at Towson. Back in February, the Orange topped Virginia 18-14, despite a neck-and-neck second half when they both netted seven goals. Both teams have improved vastly since then, as evident by Virginia's sixth seed going into the NCAA tournament.

But will the Cavaliers' late season surge be enough to down No. 2 Syracuse? Virginia is led by Liza Blue and Courtney Swan on offense with 55 and 53 goals, respectively. They also are the two go-to players on the draw – Swan has controlled 92 while Blue has 56.

For Syracuse, the leaders are no other than Tewaaraton Award finalists Kayla Treanor and Alyssa Murray, who have tallied 107 and 97 points, respectively. However, in the Orange's NCAA quarterfinal win over Boston College, Treanor and Murray combined for just five points due to face guards. Virginia could look to employ the same tactic.

 
 

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