Syracuse WLAX Advances To Final Four With 11-9 Victory Over BC

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Orange will make their fifth appearance in the Final Four in the last seven years.

It was revealed Friday that Gary Gait is the fifth highest-paid employee at Syracuse University. At the rate he's taking the Syracuse Orange women's lacrosse team to Final Fours, he'll surpass Boeheim in no time...

Gait's ladies held on to win an 11-9 game over the Boston College Eagles on Saturday to secure a spot in the 2014 WLAX Final Four.

Syracuse improved its record to 20-2, marking the first time it has won 20 games in a season. The Orange will make its fifth appearance in the Final Four in the last seven years next weekend. It marks the first time Syracuse has advanced to the national semifinals in three consecutive seasons. Boston College ends the year with a 15-6 record.

"It was a great team effort," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "That was a very good Boston College team. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. Certainly they showed up ready to play, getting up on us early. I loved the way our team responded as we came back to get the lead in the first half. That was huge. I thought they did a nice job shutting down some of our stars, doubling early, opening up some opportunities for other players. Thankfully they answered when we needed them. It was a great game and we're happy to move on."

BC jumped out to a 3-0 lead early on the Orange but SU stormed back to take a 4-3 lead and never looked back. The Eagles fought their way back into the game late, getting as close as 10-9 with a minute to play, but Syracuse held on for the victory. Katie Webster led the Orange with three goals while Kayla Treanor's two-point performance sealed her season as the best that a sophomore has ever had at SU.

The 2014 Final Four will be Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland and Northwestern with the first two teams playing for the right to meet the winner of the latter two in the title game. Syracuse beat Virginia 18-14 earlier this season and would probably rather see Northwestern in the finals than Maryland, though the Terps are fully expected to be waiting.

The only thing going against SU is that the Final Four is being played in Charlotteville, essentially giving Virginia a home game Towson, MD on May 23.

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