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Northwestern women beat Duke in NCAA lacrosse

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Erin Fitzgerald scored four goals and defending national champion Northwestern rebounded from a slow start to defeat Duke 12-7 on Saturday night to advance to the NCAA women's lacrosse Final Four for the eighth straight season.

The second-seeded Wildcats (19-2) pulled away in the second half - outscoring the Blue Devils 6-3 - and will face No. 3 Maryland in the semifinals on Friday in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Northwestern's Shannon Smith scored three times, giving her 252 career goals to set a team record. Amanda Macaluso, Taylor Thornton, Alyssa Leonard, Lacey Vigmostad and Garbiella Flibotte also connected for Northwestern, which has won 6 of the last seven NCAA titles, missing only in 2010.

Taylor Trimble and Maddy Morrissey both scored twice for Duke (12-7), which also got goals from Makenzie Hommel, Amanda Jones and Kerrin Mauer.

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