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No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse crushes Syracuse in NCAA semifinals

Maryland's Taylor Hensh (20) is congratulated by her

Maryland's Taylor Hensh (20) is congratulated by her teammates after a first-half goal against Syracuse in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse semifinals on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. Photo Credit: TNS/ CHARLES FOX

CHESTER, Pa. (TNS) — Maryland’s players met their goalie and walked slowly off the field at halftime of their NCAA women’s lacrosse semifinal. Syracuse’s players ran into the tunnel at Talen Energy Stadium.

With Maryland leading by seven goals at the break, it made sense. The Orange had a lot to figure out. Their offense had scored only three goals and the Terrapins converted on all but one of their shots.

The top-seeded Terrapins (22-0) never looked back and ended fourth-seeded Syracuse’s season on Memorial Day weekend for the fourth straight year with a 19-9 win Friday night.

Maryland will play for its third straight national championship against third-seeded North Carolina on Sunday at noon.

Maryland’s senior class went 9-0 against Syracuse in the last four years. It took only 12 minutes for the Terrapins to take a 6-1 lead and show their dominance again. Megan Whittle and Taylor Cummings led the way for the Terrapins with four goals apiece.

Maryland’s offense moved with fluidity as crisp passes found open players cutting through the seams of Syracuse’s defense, leaving goalie Allie Murray helpless in net.

After the break, Kayla Treanor, Nicole Levy, and Erica Bodt scored three goals in a five-minute span for Syracuse (19-6) to cut the deficit to five.

But the Terrapins always kept their distance and built the cushion in the final 23 minutes. This is a team that’s used to dominating on this stage and it looked like it again Friday night.


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