GAINESVILLE — Nora Barry and Brittany Dashiell each scored three goals as Florida beat Penn State 15-2 to reach the semifinals of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament on Saturday.
The Gators, in their third season, are the youngest program to reach the semifinals.
"We've been preparing for this since we lost to Duke in this same round last year," coach Amanda O'Leary said. "These young ladies have put in so much hard work. They have the heart. They have the passion. This was 60 minutes of great lacrosse for Florida."
With Florida up 2-1, Dashiell and Ashley Bruns each scored twice during a 5-0 run. Kitty Cullen scored with 23 seconds left to put Florida up 8-2 at halftime.
UF (19-2) faces Syracuse on Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.
The Orange (18-3) reached its third semifinal over the past five years by beating visiting North Carolina 17-16 on Michelle Tumolo's goal with five seconds left. Syracuse beat Florida 12-11 in double overtime March 3 in Gainesville.
In the other semifinal, Maryland (18-3), which beat visiting Loyola (Md.) 17-11, faces Northwestern (19-2), which beat visiting Duke 11-7.
Softball: Bulls have two shots to advance
GAINESVILLE — Gina Kafalas' two-run triple highlighted a four-run second inning that helped USF beat Florida Gulf Coast 8-3 in the NCAA region tournament.
The Bulls got to the final of the double-elimination tournament and face Florida at 1 today. If the Gators win, a rematch immediately afterward determines who goes to the Super Region.
Florida, which lost 2-1 to Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, stayed alive by beating Central Florida 7-1 behind Lauren Haeger's two home runs and then Florida Gulf Coast 6-2 behind two homers by Kelsey Horton (Durant High).
Seminoles out: Two errors and an illegal pitch led to a run as Florida State lost 1-0 to San Diego State in an elimination game in Los Angeles. Earlier Saturday, the Seminoles, who lost 1-0 to San Diego State on Friday, stayed alive by beating UCLA 2-1. Monica Perry allowed six hits in a complete game to eliminate the tournament's No. 12 seed.
FSU 6, N.C. State 2: The host Seminoles tied an ACC record with their 24th conference win. FSU (43-12, 24-6) matched the 2006 Clemson and 2008 FSU teams and earned the top seed for the ACC tournament that begins Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. FSU will be in a pool with No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Clemson and No. 8 Georgia Tech. The winner of the round robin advances to the title game. The schedule will be announced today.
Auburn 5, Florida 4: Former Plant High standout Preston Tucker was thrown out trying to score from third on a fly ball to end the game and the visiting Gators' chance to share the SEC regular-season title. A win for UF (40-16, 18-12) would have tied LSU. Instead, it is the No. 3 seed and faces No. 10 Auburn at 5:30 Tuesday in the first round of the double-elimination conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.
USF 5, West Va. 4 (12): Buddy Putnam's groundout brought home the winning run for the visiting Bulls. USF (34-20, 17-10 Big East) earned the No. 4 seed for the double-elimination conference tournament that starts Wednesday at Clearwater's Bright House Field. It faces No. 5 UConn in the first round at 8 p.m.
Women's tennis: Alex Cercone won singles and doubles matches to help Florida beat Miami 4-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals in Athens, Ga. Florida, the No. 2 seed, faces No. 3 Duke on Monday. No. 1 UCLA faces No. 5 USC.
Men's golf: Florida and FSU reached the NCAA championship by finishing among the top five in region tournaments. The Gators shot 3-under 285 to finish second, three behind Liberty, in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles shot 12-over 300 to finish tied for third, 11 back of first-place Washington, at Norman, Okla. The NCAA championship starts May 29 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.