Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse End of Year Grade Check-In

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Friday, Apr 05, 2024 at 11:34 am by Sports Editor

Rahill Jaiswal | @RahillJaiswal 


With only three games left in the 2024 regular season, let’s look at some player grades for this year’s Women’s lacrosse team. 


Emma Tyrrell: A  

After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, the graduate student has been playing at an absurd level. Tyrrell now leads the team in goals with 40. The midfielder can’t stop scoring. The New York native has scored five hat-tricks in the last six games. Her best game of the year was a six-goal performance against Loyola a couple of weeks ago. After the win against Louisville head coach Kayla Treanor said it best, “I think that kid is playing like a Tewaaraton finalist.” The grad student was also named a Mid-Season All-American honorable mention. However, if she keeps playing like this, it’s hard not to see her being maybe a first-teamer. 


Katie Goodale: A 

While Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse has a great offense, you have to show its defense some love. The Orange have done a great job shutting down opponents’ best players. A big reason for this has been the play of Katie Goodale. The junior was the only Syracuse player to be named to the Mid-season All-American first team. Goodale was also added to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier this year. The defender has managed to tally a turnover in every game this year. Her best game was against Virginia Tech where she caused five turnovers. Goodale has also managed to win 31 draw controls this season. 


Kate Mashewske: A 

Kate Mashewske has been nothing but spectacular this season. The grad student got her 440th draw control against Louisville last week. That means she is the program’s all-time leader. In Su’s recent win at Cornell, Mashewske was the main reason The Orange won 13 of the first 14 draw controls. The specialist has tailed 109 draw controls this year. She has also managed to have double-digit wins inside the circle in three of the last four games. Keep in mind, that this is all coming off an ACL tear last year. When people ask you, what could be the difference between this team and last year? Your answer should be the presence of Kate Mashewske inside the circle. When she is dominating at the draw circle, Syracuse’s offense is nearly unstoppable. 


Emma Ward: A

Emma Ward has turned in another solid season. The senior has 26 assists which puts her top 30 in the country. The Attacker has been the quarterback of this offense once again. While her assist counter is not as high as last year, her role on this team is still extremely critical. Ward is more than capable of taking over a game when she wants or needs to. Her best game was against Louisville when she had four goals and two assists. Ward is the engine that makes this offense go. She is the one who disturbs the ball and makes sure there is good ball movement.  


Some other key contributors have been KC Benoit on defense, Savannah Sweitzer has been a steady presence in the midfield, and Natalie Smith on offense.