Cavs' Run Ends with Loss in Final Four

Virginia's longest run in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament in seven years has come to an end.

Syracuse jumped out to an early three-goal lead and never looked back, advancing to Sunday's national championship with a 16-8 win over the Cavaliers Friday night in the NCAA semifinals.

Friday's game had marked UVa's 14th appearance all-time in the women's lacrosse Final Four, but the program's first since the 2007 season. The Cavaliers' year ends at 12-9.

UVa got three goals apiece from sophomore Kelly Boyd and senior Maddy Keeshan. The Orange scored three times in the game's first 10 minutes before Boyd got UVa on the board with 19:23 left in the first half, but that two-goal deficit was as close as the Cavaliers would come the rest of the night.

Alyssa Murray scored a game-high six goals for Syracuse, which improved to 21-2 with the win. Kayla Treanor added four goals and three assists.

Syracuse out-shot the Cavaliers 30-19, and beat UVa 20-6 in ground balls.


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