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Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 7:13 pm

Sweitzer Shines in a Special Win for Syracuse over Virginia Tech. 16-5

At the start of today’s game against Virginia Tech, it looked like it could have ended up being a close one, but thanks to a 6-0 second quarter, the Orange were able to run away with it, and the final result looked a lot more like the team’s speed. 
Syracuse won 16 to five today against the Hokies and captured its second ACC win of the season, with a lot of the credit going to goalie Delaney Sweitzer, who set her career high in saves today for the third time this season. Today, she had 15. Postgame Head Coach Kayla trainer had a lot of praise for her star goalie:
“Yeah, I mean, Delaney had one of the best individual performances I’ve seen so far this year. She had 15 saves, six ground balls, two caused turnovers. What is so cool is that when our team isn’t playing great, she stepped up and had their back. And you know, I don’t know if it gets better than that. So we’re really proud of her. I mean, she was the difference maker today. I think that’s a much closer game if you know Delaney doesn’t have the game she did.”
Sweitzer said: “I think just continuing to work on my mentality and my mental preparation has really helped me stay neutral and be ready for what’s coming next. So I hope to break it again and do it again. So I’m ready.”
This one was special because the team was playing for a lot more 15 for life as an organization that honors the life of Syracuse lacrosse alum, Rob Kavovit, and its mission is to have athletes and others talk openly about coping with mental health. Postgame some of the players gave their thoughts on why this event was so important. 
Sweitzer: “Just like as student athletes knowing people who struggle with mental health it’s an honor to play for 15 for life, so I was just happy to be out there with my my girls and have fun and play for something bigger than just a game.”
Meaghan Tyrrell: “Having 15 for life kind of be based around a Syracuse alumni just kind of hit a little bit harder. I think it did for me at least, a little bit harder. Like (Delaney) said, having something bigger to play for, not just yourself or your team, it really just weighs on you and has an impact on how you play.” 
There were so many emotions in the building today, but also a lot of positivity. And the Orange can use that as momentum when Notre Dame is in town on Saturday at Noon to play SU for the third ACC matchup of the season. 
Adam Avin | CitrusTV Women’s Lacrosse Beat Reporter