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Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Behind Abbey Miller, the Orange captures its first win of the season

By Luke Mcgrath

SYRACUSE, N.Y.– Syracuse captured its first win of the season Friday night defeating Lindenwood 4-0.

The Orange offense had scored just seven goals in their first six games, but tonight the offense exploded scoring their four goals on 37 shots.

It wasn’t just the offense that was locked in for the Orange. Junior goalie Abbey Miller put together another stellar performance in net for the Orange.

Miller faced 22 shots and did not let a single one slip by earning her first career shutout.

“My confidence is really high right now,” Miller said. “I’m just like feeling very comfortable in the net and I’m not really – I’m not nervous.”

At the beginning of the season, Miller was in competition for the starting job with sophomore Maddi Welch. After the two split the exhibition game against Montreal, Miller started the season opener and has not looked back.

Miller has started every single game this season for SU and she has put up some eye popping numbers.

Miller has made 133 saves while giving up just ten goals. She currently has a 93 save percentage and is allowing just 1.63 goals per game.

“I just feel very strong and like I’m very confident in my abilities right now,” Miller said.

However, Miller stays humble. She was quick to give credit to the defense that has had her back all season.

“There were a couple bad rebounds I gave up but my D did a really good job clearing it out so yeah, I give them a lot of credit,” Miller said after the game.

Miller is in uncharted territory. Before this season she had never played in back to back games at the college level. Now she is the rock for this SU team that is looking to continue its success Saturday.

The second leg of the home and home starts at 3p.m. on Saturday at the Tennity Ice Pavilion.