Syracuse beats Virginia to reach NCAA women's lacrosse finals

Syracuse attack Alyssa Murray, of West Babylon, controls

Syracuse attack Alyssa Murray, of West Babylon, controls the ball . (Sept. 14, 2012) (Credit: Michael Okoniewski for SU Athletic Communications)

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TOWSON, Md. - West Babylon native Alyssa Murray scored six goals and Kayla Treanor had four goals, leading Syracuse past Virginia 16-8 Friday night in the semifinals of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament.

The second-seeded Orange (21-2) advance to the national championship for the second time in program history and will face the winner of top-seeded Maryland and No. 5 Northwestern, which have combined for 17 titles.

Treanor, the nation's leading scorer with 114 points, added three assists. Murray scored six goals on seven shots and added three assists.

Maddie Keeshan and Kelly Boyd each scored three goals for sixth-seeded Virginia (12-9), which was making its first trip to the semifinals since 2007.

Syracuse dominated from the opening draw and never trailed.

Goals by West Islip native Loren Ziegler and Murray less than a minute apart provided the Orange with a 6-1 lead with 6:28 left in the first half. Another goal by Murray in the closing seconds boosted the margin to 9-3 at the break.

A goal by Keeshan pulled Virginia within 11-6 midway through the second half. Murray and Treanor responded with a pair of goals and the Orange coasted the rest of the way.

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