SU Shares the Scoring Love, takes down Louisville in Weekend Sweep
No. 3 Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse (11-1, 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference) spent the weekend in Louisville and defeated the No. 15 Cardinals (5-9, 1-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference) 19-6 on Sunday.
SU continued their stellar play from Friday. However, there was, in fact, a different formula as to how this game would be played. Whether this was intentional or not, the Orange distributed the rock to a plethora of different goal scorers that normally do not find their way on the scoresheet.
Graduate midfielder Cara Quimby recorded her first goals of the season in the first eight minutes. Attackwomen Sierra Cockerille, Jenny Markey, and Emily Ehle all scored in the opening frame as well, giving Syracuse a 5-1 lead. Freshman phenom Emma Ward proceeded to score a hat-trick in the first half.
You might be asking yourself: where is the Meg Show? Well, the star-studded duo of Meg Carney and Meaghan Tyrrell had a combined three points in the first half. Certainly not up to their normal standards, but it didn’t seem to matter. The Orange carried a 11-5 lead into the break.
Coming out of the second, Syracuse continued to get more scorers involved. Freshmen Maddy Baxter and Jenny Markey scored once again. For Markey, this is the third straight contest in which she’s tallied a goal. Midfield scoring machine Sam Swart also piled on a goal to add insult to injury.
On the defensive side, Asa Goldstock rebounded after a shaky performance on Friday. She made six saves on 13 shots from Louisville, posting a 46% save percentage. Her save percentage doesn’t tell the whole story. She made critical saves on opportunities that seemed impossible to defend. The Cardinals had a difficult time cracking her code all afternoon.
There were a handful of Cards that made their way on the scoresheet. Freshman Kylea Dobson was the only player to record a multi-goal performance for Louisville. The Orange silenced leading scorer Caroline Blalock, who finished with one mere tally in the ballgame.
This contest proved that No. 3 Syracuse isn’t led by a show-stopping duo and a brick wall goaltender. SU passed the ball with purpose, finding the open player, and converting inside the shooting space. Instead of Meaghan Tyrrell pouring on endless amounts of snipes, it was players like her sister Emma that came away with multi-goal performances. It’ll be interesting to find out the Tyrrell family group chat after Emma outshined Meaghan.
Emma Tyrrell and Meg Carney led the way with 4 goals a piece. SU got nine different goal scorers involved to win their fourth-straight contest.
Syracuse finishes up the regular season with a weekend series against No. 5 Boston College (11-1, 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference). The Golden Eagles took care of business this morning, defeating No. 4 Notre Dame 18-12.
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