Just hours before taking the field Friday, both Maryland and Syracuse waited as North Carolina dismantled traditional powerhouse Northwestern to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse national championship game.
The No. 4-seeded Orange, however, were not as fortunate against the top-seeded and undefeated Terrapins.
Maryland defeated Syracuse, 11-10, in the second semifinal at Villanova Stadium, surviving a second-half surge by the Orange.
"We're really excited to have the opportunity to compete for a national championship on Sunday," said Maryland coach Cathy Reese. "That's been a goal we've had the entire year."
Reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann found teammate Brooke Griffin waiting in the crease with a little less than three minutes remaining, and Griffin buried the decisive goal past Syracuse keeper Alyssa Constantino.