Syracuse Completes Sweep of Lindenwood
By Luke Mcgrath
SYRACUSE, N.Y.– SU Women’s Ice Hockey completed the series sweep of Lindenwood Saturday afternoon in convincing fashion. Syracuse beat Lindenwood 4-0 for the second straight game.
One of the main focuses head coach Paul Flanagan has stressed for the Orange has been to jump on their opponents quickly and establish their offense.
“I go back to the first five minutes. I really felt that we set the tone,” Flanagan said. “All four lines, and all six D [defenders] had gotten out there and made some good plays and that sets the tone.”
Syracuse certainly set the tone early, in the first period of Saturday’s game the Orange out-shot Lindendwood 16-3.
Senior captain Larissa Martyniuk says the Orange found so much success offensively by simply getting to the net.
“Our motto of today was go hard to the net,” Martyniuk said. “Being able to get the lead early was huge for us.”
Once that tone was set, the Orange never looked back. SU continued to attack a weaker Lindenwood squad firing a total of 37 shots.
Abbey Miller, on the other hand, had a rather uneventful afternoon in between the pipes for SU. She notched her second straight shutout for the Orange recording 14 saves.
“I don’t even think I got a shot [until] more than halfway through the first period,” Miller said. “It feels good to not give up a goal on a weekend.”
SU continues conference play next weekend when they travel to play two road games against Robert Morris. The Colonials also kicked off conference play this weekend with two 2-1 home wins over Mercyhurst.
The Orange and the Colonials are tied atop the league standings along side Penn State who also won their first two league games.