Syracuse Survives ACC Opener, Takes Down Notre Dame 17-16 in Overtime
By: Ian Nicholas | @IanNicholas25
CitrusTV Women’s Lacrosse Beat Reporter
South Bend, IA – The first conference game for Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse in 2022 saw No. 3 SU (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) take down No. 17 Notre Dame (1-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 17-16 in overtime. Also the Orange’s first road game, Syracuse saw their stars shine in South Bend. Well, at least the stalwarts on the offensive end. Seven SU players scored at least one goal, and five of them scored multiple times. The stars that shined brightest were not named Meaghan or Megan, though. Junior Emma Tyrrell tied a career high with her seven point performance, accounting for four goals, three assists, and nine draw controls. Meanwhile, graduate student Emily Hawryschuk put together her best game post knee surgery, tallying four goals (albeit off nine shots). Senior Megan Carney scored a hat trick for the second straight game, while fellow senior Sierra Cockerille also nailed a pair of shots.
Although All-American Meaghan Tyrrell scored just twice (compared to her average of five goals a game), her second tally won’t be forgotten anytime soon. From the right side of the cage, Tyrrell dodged right, spun back left, and lazared a shot into the bottom right corner only 49 seconds into OT. Fellow All-American Bridget Deehan couldn’t collect her 10th save of the evening for Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish dropped their fourth straight. ND’s 1-4 record is very misleading, however, as this is a quality win for Syracuse. Notre Dame’s four losses have all come to opponents who are currently ranked. After losing 17-16 to the nation’s sixth best team on Wednesday in Northwestern, Notre Dame suffered another heartbreaker by an identical score tonight to the nation’s third best squad.
Speaking of No. 6 Northwestern (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten Conference), the Wildcats are the next opponent on the schedule for Syracuse. The Orange have two days off before traveling to Evanston on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. showdown. Syracuse is now 3-0 this season when playing a ranked opponent, and looks to stay perfect in that regard in a rematch of their 2021 National Semifinal bout. The Orange advanced to the National Championship game last May with a 21-13 triumph over the Wildcats.