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Syracuse women’s lacrosse knocks off unbeaten Northwestern to advance to National Championship Game (full coverage)

No. 3 Syracuse held the highest-scoring offense in the nation without a goal for more than 18 minutes in the first half and went on to defeat No. 3 Northwestern, 21-13, in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament semifinals. The Orange will play ACC foe Boston College for the national championship on Sunday, May 30 at noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland.

Northwestern (15-1) scored the first goal of the contest 53 seconds into the game, but the Wildcats would not find the back of the net again for more than 18 minutes as Syracuse (17-3)  scored five unanswered goals to give the Orange the lead for good. Meaghan Tyrrell tallied back-to-back goals to spark Syracuse’s scoring run, which included goals from Sam Swart, Jenny Markey and Emma Ward.

Lindsey Wallace ended the Wildcats’ scoring drought at the 10:28 mark, but the Orange responded with five straight goals to take a 10-2 lead. Emma Tyrrell had two goals during the run. Northwestern recorded the final two goals of the half to give the ‘Cuse a 10-4 lead.

The teams traded goals for the majority of the second half before Northwestern produced a 4-0 scoring run to cut the advantage to 15-12 with 7:27 remaining. That was as close as the Wildcats would get as Meaghan Tyrrell, Emily Ehle and Swart recorded goals to put the game out of reach and send the Orange to the national championship game and hand Northwestern its first loss of the season.