Villanova, PA will host the women’s lacrosse Final Four this weekend, with the semifinals on Friday and the championship Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Northwestern (19-2) will try to make it nine consecutive national championship appearances when they take on the ACC runners-up North Carolina Tar Heels (16-3) at 5:00 p.m. North Carolina’s first and only title game appearance was in 2009.
Following that game, the Lady Terps (21-0) will face Syracuse (18-3). The Orange appeared in the national championship for the first time in school history last year. Maryland’s last appearance was 2011 and their last title came in 2010.
Maryland is coming off a 14-9 victory over Duke on Saturday, their second victory against their conference rival this season. Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust had a stellar game in the victory, helping the Terps to their fifth consecutive national semifinals. She led the team in goals with five, in assists with two, and in ground balls with four.
Sophomore Brooke Griffin scored three goals to help the offense and Freshman Taylor Cummings turned in a fine defensive effort, causing three turnovers.
The Terps visited Syracuse in February and defeated the Orange 19-11. So far this season, the two teams play a fairly similar style. Both teams score roughly 15 goals per game and give up around 8 goals per game.
Syracuse is slightly more aggressive, taking a few more shots per game. But Maryland has a higher SOG (shots on goal) percentage on offense and gives up a lower percentage on defense than the Orange.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and you can watch for free on ESPN3. The earlier game will also be available.