This put Syracuse into the Final Four for the 17th straight year, another good omen. It won 13-9 over Georgetown in the semis, but its good fortune ended when it faced Virginia, another squad clad in orange.
Syracuse said bye-bye to Byrd Stadium while wahooing Virginia fans scrambled for souvenirs. Parents yelled at their sons-in-armor to pose for pictures as children begged for a keepsake, be it a stick or a T-shirt. Marty had a very special memento—a trash bag filled with rest room detritus. She hoped, she said, that her ring was within. As she said that, an earring fell off. "I'm not having a good jewelry day," she said with a smile, "but I'm having a great lacrosse day."