Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse Starts Season With a Win, Gets Revenge on Northwestern
Syracuse’s season ended early in the Elite Eight when they lost to Northwestern, last year. However, today was a different story. No.5 Syracuse defeated No.4 Northwestern 16-15 in an elite offensive matchup. And in a game like this one, you’d expect Meghan Tyrell, the Preseason Player of the Year to score a lot. But today, she was the playmaker, having six assists and leading the team in that category. Coach Trainer after the game talked about Meghan and the team’s elite offensive performance.
“One of the things that we’ve been talking about with the team is just being able to make in-game adjustments and be ready to do that. And they did today,” Coach Trainor said. “I just thought the offense was so confident and they knew exactly what we were trying to do.”
Meaghan Tyrrell and Megan Carney gave their thoughts on how the team was able to be so successful scoring. Tyrrell led the team in Assists (6), while Carney led the team in goals (4).
Tyrrell: “After I think the first quarter, we were noticing things and made adjustments depending on where they were sliding or if they weren’t going to slide to people. So kind of just reading that and figuring that part out definitely helped the offense level a little bit.”
Carney: “It’s definitely helpful when your teammates are feeding you the ball and you can score. I think all of them were assisted, so yeah, they make it easy for me.”
The offense today was impressive. Everyone here in the building knew it, but the defense was nothing to gloss over either. Delaney Sweitzer got the start in goal today after being benched early last year, but today you could tell why the senior deserved the start. Sweitzer had a career-high 11 saves against a top-five opponent in Northwestern.
The Orange will have to carry this momentum into next week when they take on Maryland at 3 o’clock on Friday, to get a win and start to 2-0 for the second year in a row.