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NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse 2013 Championship Team Experienced Success In Classroom As Well; Highest Student-Athlete GPA (3.801) In Final Four, 18 Players On ACC Honor Roll

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NCAA Lacrosse: Behind The Scenes With The North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Team’s 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship (Video)

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team brought home the program’s first ever National Championship. Go behind the scenes with this all access video.

“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Stuns #1 Maryland 13-12 In Triple Overtime To Capture Program’s First National Championship

North Carolina Women's Lacrosse vs Maryland 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse championships

Freshman Sammy Jo Tracy scored in the third, sudden-death overtime period to lift North Carolina to its first NCAA championship in women’s lacrosse on Sunday night, outlasting top-seeded and previously undefeated Maryland, 13-12, in the longest title game in the sport’s history.
The Tar Heels (18-3) jumped out to a 9-6 halftime advantage before the Terrapins (22-1) stormed back with a 5-0 run to start the second half and take an 11-9 lead. Carolina responded with three consecutive goals, two by NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kara Cannizzaro, to retake the lead, 12-11, with 9:00 to play in regulation. Maryland’s Alex Aust scored with 3:51 remaining to tie it up and force overtime.
Carolina freshman goalkeeper Megan Ward made a huge save on a Maryland breakaway in the opening seconds of the third overtime period, which led to Tracy’s transition goal on the other end, giving the Tar Heels their first national title 12:31 into overtime.
“It was an amazing game to be a part of,” head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. “After the second overtime, I just sat back and trusted my kids to do what they do. They’ve worked so hard all year and I’m very proud of the effort that they showed and their composure.”
Levy becomes the fourth coach in women’s lacrosse history to win an NCAA championship as a player (with Virginia in 1991) and as a head coach.
It was the second sudden victory overtime in NCAA title game history and the longest game in NCAA Division I championship history. It was the first overtime title game since 2003 and the fifth all-time. Carolina is now 4-0 in overtime games in its NCAA Tournament history.

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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: #2 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Falls To #3 North Carolina 11-4 In Semifinals On May 24

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse vs North Carolina 2013 NCAA Women's Semifinals

Another memorable Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse season came to a close Friday in Philadelphia as the second-ranked Wildcats fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 11-4, in the NCAA Championship semifinals. Northwestern, which was appearing in the round of four for the ninth consecutive season, concludes the 2013 campaign with a 19-3 record and an American Lacrosse Conference championship under its belt.
The loss snapped a run of eight consecutive wins in national semifinal games dating to the 2005 season, while head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s career mark in NCAA Tournament play moves to 34-3.
Northwestern’s class of seven seniors departs the program after amassing a career record of 81-9, earning four straight trips to championship weekend and a pair of NCAA titles.
One of those seniors, Gabriella Flibotte, led the ‘Cats Friday evening with her three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls. Flibotte in 2013 established a new Northwestern single-season record with 60 ground balls and also concluded her career ranked fourth in program history with 90 caused turnovers.
Flibotte’s running mate in the midfield, Taylor Thornton, completed her incredible Northwestern career having started all 90 games the Wildcats played during her tenure, finishing up ranked No. 2 in program history with 178 ground balls, third with 101 caused turnovers and tied for sixth in draw controls with 198.

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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: #2 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Faces #3 North Carolina In Semifinals On May 24 At Villanova

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse vs North Carolina NCAA Semifinals

Once again peaking when it matters most, second-ranked Northwestern heads to Philadelphia and Villanova University this weekend looking to extend one of the most impressive dynasties in collegiate sports. The Wildcats, winners of seven NCAA championships in the last eight years, will try to stay perfect in NCAA semifinal outings (8-0) when they face third-ranked North Carolina to lead off semifinal Friday in Philadelphia.
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• Just over three months to the day since being dealt its first loss of the season on a rainy February night in Chapel Hill, Northwestern has a second crack at North Carolina this weekend. The Tar Heels emerged as 11-8 winners in the regular-season meeting despite a dominant effort on the draw circle by Northwestern (16-5) — specifically Alyssa Leonard, who had 12 in the game. Nine first-half turnovers by the ‘Cats allowed the hosts to surge to a 7-1 lead less than 15 minutes in, and although NU would cut its deficit to two with 14:40 to play, North Carolina held on for a key early-season win.
• The victory by the Tar Heels in February snapped Northwestern’s four-game winning streak in the series between the two schools, as well as a run of 10 straight wins against ACC opponents by the Wildcats. Despite NU’s lopsided advantage in the all-time series (10-3), the two teams head into Friday’s semifinal matchup with their last four head-to-head meetings having been decided by a total of six goals.

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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: ESPN Releases Television Schedule For Semifinals On May 24 And National Lacrosse Championship Game On May 26 At Villanova Stadium

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The NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual field has been whittled down from the original 26 teams with the top four seeds advancing to the semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3 on Friday, May 24, from Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. Winner of the last seven-of-eight national titles, including the last two, No. 2 seed Northwestern will face No. 3 North Carolina at 5 p.m. ET, followed by top-seeded Maryland taking on No. 4 seed Syracuse at 7:30 p.m.
The National Championship game will air Sunday, May 26, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and WatchESPN. SportsCenterU on ESPNU will have coverage of the postgame celebration, trophy presentation and net cutting.

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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: #2 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Pounds Penn State 15-7 On May 18 To Advance To Final Four

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse vs Penn State 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships

By working its way to a 5-0 lead and holding its opponent without a shot for the first 17 minutes of the game, No. 2 Northwestern set the tone for what turned into a convincing 15-7 win over No. 7 Penn State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship in front of over 1,100 fans Saturday night in Evanston.
Northwestern, which led 13-3 at the half and by as many as 12 in the second half, earned a spot in the tournament’s national semifinals for a remarkable ninth consecutive season, setting the stage for a rematch with one of the teams responsible for NU’s two losses in 2013 — third-ranked North Carolina.
“I think down the stretch the girls have been really focused, and it takes a lot of focus to be able to put a team away,” head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said after winning her 34th career NCAA Tournament game. “You have them on the ropes, you got to get that knockout punch and I think earlier in the year we lacked the focus to be able to get over the hump. Every single player since our loss to Florida has been really committed, and that’s the difference, that level of focus.”
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The ‘Cats improved to 19-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament home games under Amonte Hiller and extended their current winning streak in tournament play to 10 in a row dating back to 2011.
“I think people think it’s automatic that we’re going to go to the (semifinals), but it’s very hard to get there,” Amonte Hiller said. “With the expansion of the (NCAA Women’s Lacrosse) Tournament, there were so many great teams in the Tournament and to be one of those four teams left is an honor.”
Northwestern and Penn State were meeting for an unprecedented third time this season, but Saturday’s quarterfinal affair much more closely resembled the teams’ regular-season outcome than their American Lacrosse Conference Tournament tilt that required overtime to decide a winner. The Nittany Lions, who managed only three goals and 10 shots against the Wildcats back on April 5, were limited to three first-half goals and 16 total shots for the evening on Saturday.

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