SU Women’s Lacrosse Guts Georgetown, 15-10
By Joe Puccio
CitrusTV Women’s Lacrosse Beat Reporter
Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) traveled to DC for their second road game in less than a week. The Orange dominated Georgetown (3-6, 2-2 Big East) 15-10.
Wait, wait, wait. How can Syracuse dominate a game, but only win by 5 goals? Have patience, my friend.
SU dropped one spot to No. 3 in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings. However, the loss to No. 1 North Carolina didn’t dampen their spirits; it only gave the Orange some momentum coming into today’s game.
Syracuse had a chip on their shoulder. Coming out of the gates, the Cuse scored eight goals in the first 10 minutes. There were seven different goal scorers for the Orange, including freshman Jenny Markey who tallied her first career goal. Syracuse carried a 13-2 lead entering the halftime break.
The second half was a period of resting for Syracuse’s stars. The time off allowed Georgetown to explode offensively. Six different Hoyas scored in the second frame, including attack Mary Pagano who had a multi-goal period. Georgetown ended the contest on a 7-0 scoring run with all of Syracuse’s reserves seeing ample playing time.
The freshmen on the Syracuse squad played a major role in the team’s victory. Markey, Maddy Baxter, and Emma Ward each found their way on the score sheet in the first frame. Ward recorded a goal and two assists in today’s victory to register 19 points halfway through her freshman campaign.
The upperclassmen exceeded their expectations. Junior Meaghan Tyrrell led the team with seven points and four goals. Fellow junior Megan Carney tallied her fifth hat-trick of the season and bolstered her Tewaaraton Watch List resumé.
One of the six goalies on the Watch List for Player of the Year is Syracuse’s Asa Goldstock. The graduate had four saves on seven Hoyas attempts for a .571 save percentage. Due to the large lead for SU, senior Hannah Van Middelem played 18 minutes between the pipes. She made four stops on 11 shots.
Although the final score resembles a closer game, Syracuse dominated their Big East foe. With their A-team on the turf, Georgetown looked lost. SU outshot the Hoyas 21-6 in the opening frame and Cuse forced five more turnovers than G’town.
Head Coach Gary Gait knew his team would win this ballgame and allowed for the exorbitant amount of young guns to get their chance to fire. From an outside perspective, it seems as if Georgetown solved the starters and challenged the Orange. Not to discredit the Hoyas in any stretch because they are a talented group, but Syracuse took their foot off the gas and rested their leaders for this weekend.
The rest for the starters will play dividends on this short week. Syracuse is back home this Saturday to host No. 6 Virginia (8-3, 3-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference). The general public will be allowed to cheer on inside the Dome for the first time in over a year. Faceoff is scheduled for 11 AM.
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