The Syracuse men's lacrosse team saw their streak of consecutive Final Fours end a few years back and once again finds themselves sitting home on Memorial Day Weekend. The women's program didn't even exist for much of those years the men were playing for titles and racking up NCAA wins. But now it seems like its the women on the verge of their own dominant era. For the second time in three year, Syracuse will go to the Final Four. The No. 10 Orange defeated No. 7 James Madison 7-3 for the right.
Senior Halley Quillinan had three goals and an assist as the Orange overcame a 3-2 deficit at the half, outscoring James Madison 5-0 after the break to win 7-3 in the pouring rain and advance to play No. 1 Maryland on Friday at Towson, Md.
A week after upending fourth-seeded Georgetown in Washington, the Orange continued its Sherman-esque march through the south by eliminating the fifth-seeded Dukes. Like the Hoyas, JMU came into its came against Syracuse on a 10-game win streak. And just like Georgetown, the Dukes saw their season end at home.
A little bonus on the victory, goalie Liz Hogan broke Syracuse University's single-season saves record.
Gary Gait's squad moves on to the final weekend where they'll face No. 1 Maryland in the semifinals. The winner of that game will face the winner of Northwestern-North Carolina for the National title. Everyone has got to be in ABN-mode (Anyone But Northwestern). The Wildcats have won the last five titles.
FWIW, Virginia was knocked out over the weekend by North Carolina. The Cavs were hoping to win it all for Yeardley Love but their effort and the way they carried themselves was more than enough to honor her.