STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Florida's first trip to the Final Four in women's lacrosse ended suddenly Friday, as the top-seeded Gators fell 14-13 to Syracuse in double overtime.
Sarah Holden scored her fourth goal with 2:02 remaining in the second extra period after Florida appeared to have won with nine seconds left in the first overtime. But Gabi Wiegand's low shot was disallowed when officials ruled she was using an illegal stick.
"(The stick check was) a smart play by Syracuse," UF captain Brittany Dashiell told Gatorzone.com. "We couldn't do anything about it; just keep playing and try to get the next ground ball, the next draw control."
Syracuse (19-3) reached its first final. Florida (19-3) was aiming for its first final in just its third season. Holden netted the winner by making a move from up top and buried a bounce shot by Florida goaltender Misty Meagher.
Shannon Gilroy scored five goals and Brittany Dashiell added four for UF, which blew leads of 11-4 and 12-5. Gilroy scored with 7:19 left for a 13-8 lead. But less than a minute later, Holden scored the first of five straight goals for the Orange.
FSU out of ACC baseball tourney
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jon McGibbon's three-run homer in the bottom of ninth lifted Clemson past Florida State 9-7 at the ACC baseball tournament, eliminating the top-seeded Seminoles from the championship game.
Clemson (33-25) trailed 7-6 entering the ninth when McGibbon sent Robert Benincasa's 0-1 pitch over the fence in right-center.
Justin Gonzalez homered and drove in two for FSU (43-14), 0-2 in the round-robin tournament.
GATORS STAY ALIVE: Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter and Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer to lead Florida over South Carolina 7-2 in the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala., eliminating the two-time defending national champions. The Gators (42-17) face Vanderbilt today for a shot at the championship. Johnson (7-4) pitched his first career complete game on just 89 pitches, striking out five and walking none. Freshman Casey Turgeon (Dunedin High) went 2-for-4, including a two-run single, and Nolan Fontana scored three runs.
AD: MIAMI COMMITTED TO ACC: Miami reaffirmed its commitment to the ACC, denying speculation that the Hurricanes may be considering a jump to the Big 12 or elsewhere. Hurricanes athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement saying, among other things, that Miami has "not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences."
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Florida's Allie Will, the No. 1 seed, reached the quarterfinals in the NCAA individual championships by defeating Georgia State's Abigail Tere-Apisah 6-1, 6-4. The other Gator remaining, No. 9 seed Lauren Embree, lost to No. 2 Beatrice Capra of Duke 6-1, 6-3. In doubles, Embree and Joanna Mather reached the quarterfinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 over No. 5 Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting of Cal.
MEN'S TENNIS: UF's Andy Jackson, a two-time SEC coach of the year whose teams advanced to the NCAA's round of 16 in 10 of his 11 seasons at UF, resigned. No reason was given. "I'm truly grateful for my time here, and I hope to have the opportunity to coach again," he said.
GOLF: The Florida women finished 12th in the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn., 19 strokes behind first-time champion Alabama. The Gators shot 10-over 298 to finish at 1,190. The Crimson Tide beat USC by a shot, clinching on senior Brooke Pancake's 4-foot par on No. 18. Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil (70—282) won the individual title by four strokes. Florida State's Maria Salinas (70—309) tied for 102nd.