No. 10 Syracuse Collects B1G Win at No. 16 Penn State
By Max Gifford | @GiffMD
After falling in a heartbreaking double overtime loss against Virginia on Friday, No. 10 Syracuse field hockey responded with a Top-20 win on the road in Happy Valley against No. 16 Penn State.
The Orange and Nittany Lions went into halftime with no goals to either side’s name. That can be attributed to the play by the goalkeepers. SU’s Brooke Borzymowski picked up right where she left off after a season-high nine saves on Friday with four more against PSU. On the Lions’ end, grad student Brie Barraco also stood on her head collecting eight saves on the afternoon.
All the tallies in the column that counts took place in the latter half of this contest. Out of the break, Syracuse didn’t waste a second getting on the board. One of the youngest players, Hattie Madden, fed one of the eldest players in Pieke van de Pas a slot pass for her eighth goal of the season, which is tied for the team lead.
Penn State would respond minutes later when its leading scorer Sophia Gladieux got on a fast break and ripped a backhanded shot past Borzymowski to knot this game at one apiece.
The Orange would respond after graduate student Charlotte de Vries split the entire Nittany Lion midfield unit and zipped a rocket from just inside the circle, which would hold up as the game-winning goal.
With the score, de Vries went into a tie with Lindsey Conrad (2008-10) for second all-time for career goals at Syracuse with 47. The only player ahead of her now is current assistant coach Emma Russell (2012-15) who has 57.
The Orange improve to 7-2 on the season after their first stop of four on an East Coast road trip. Next for SU is a trip to Chestnut Hill for another return to ACC play to face a Top-15 opponent in Boston College.