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STONY BROOK — Sarah Holden scored her fourth goal with 2:02 remaining in double overtime and No. 4 Syracuse upset top-seeded Florida on Friday, 14-13, to advance to its first women’s lacrosse national championship game.

Holden netted the winner by making a move from up top and buried a bounce shot by Florida goaltender Misty Meagher.

“It actually was kind of slow motion,” Holden said. “I remember specifically the first play of the game when we were in our set offense, and I went low and the goalie made a save.

“I was 100-percent certain that would not happen to me again. So, I just did a split dodge (move), buried it and it went in.”

The goal completed the second-largest comeback in NCAA Division I tournament history. In the 2007 semifinals, Duke blew a nine-goal lead against Virginia, which scored the final 10.

The win gave Syracuse its first victory against a top-ranked team in 16 tries.

Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray added three goals apiece for the Orange (19-3), who overcame a pair of seven-goal deficits and will face No. 2 Northwestern on Sunday night.

“I think it’s been our whole motto this year,” Tumolo said. “We look at each other in the eyes, and we don’t give up. We had each other’s back.”

Shannon Gilroy scored five goals for Florida (19-3).

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