Northwestern advances to lacrosse Final Four

The Wildcats defeated Loyola Maryland 16-6 in Evanston. Next up is Denver.

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Northwestern and Izzy Scane, shown in an earlier match against Michigan, advanced to the lacrosse Final Four.

Northwestern and Izzy Scane, shown in an earlier match against Michigan, advanced to the lacrosse Final Four.

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Top-seeded Northwestern (19-1) will be making its fourth consecutive NCAA women’s lacrosse semifinal appearance after a 16-6 victory over No. 9 Loyola Maryland on Thursday at Martin Stadium in Evanston.

NU attacker Izzy Scane scored seven goals with three assists.

The Wildcats got the best of the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense. Entering Thursday’s match, Loyola Maryland had conceded more than 10 goals only once, a 14-11 loss on March 11 to then-No. 10 Florida. Overall, the Greyhounds allowed an average of 6.67 goals per match, trailing only No. 5 Denver, the Wildcats’ next opponent.

“It’s good to get in a little bit of a groove,” Scane said in a statement on the Northwestern athletics website. “Continuing our preparation this week, making sure we’re playing our best offense, playing for each other in a way that’s going to allow us to pick apart any defense we’re going to play. … (Friday will) be an awesome opportunity to see what our group can do against such a great defense.”

Northwestern will face Denver on Friday May 26 at 2 p.m. (ESPNU) in the Final Four at Cary, North Carolina. NU won 19 consecutive games since dropping the season-opener at Syracuse.

Syracuse will play Boston College in the other semifinal.

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