March 22, 2009

No. 8 Syracuse No Match for Top 'Cats

from press releases

EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Megan Mosenson (Malvern, Pa.) scored three goals and had an assist to lead the No. 8 Syracuse University women's lacrosse team in its 19-8 loss to No. 1 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday, March 22.

"We wanted to put forth our best effort," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We came out flat and that's what happens when you put pressure on yourself."

Syracuse (6-2) scored the first goal of the game when Awehiyo Thomas (Six Nations, Ontario) found the back of the net off an assist from Jackie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.). Northwestern's (9-0) Hilary Bowen tied the score when she found the back of the net on an assist from Hannah Nielsen 21 seconds later, starting the Wildcats on a 7-0 scoring run.

Junior Christina Dove (Bel Air, Md.) halted the streak when she scored on an assist from Mosenson with 16:51 left in the half. Mosenson then netted a pair of goals, the second coming on an assist from junior Sarah Sedgwick (Fayetteville, N.Y.), to cut the Wildcats' lead to 7-4 with 13:26 on the clock. Northwestern ended the half with five straight goals and led, 12-4, at halftime.

The Wildcats netted the first four goals of the second half before Mosenson recorded her third goal of the contest with 18:47 remaining. Juniors Halley Quillinan (Glenmont, N.Y.) and Breanna Stiff (Hampstead, Md.) each scored on free position attempts to cut the lead to 16-7 with 10:05 left on the clock. Following a Northwestern goal, Dove netted a fast break goal on an assist from junior Rebecca Greenslade (Glen Falls, N.Y.) to cut the lead to 17-8 with 3:01 left in the game, but the Wildcats scored twice in the final minute of play for the 19-8 final.

Mosenson's four points led Syracuse and give her 114 in her career. With her next point, she will move into the top 10 on Syracuse's all-time scoring list. Nielsen led Northwestern with seven goals and two assists.

The Wildcats outshot the Orange, 35-27, and won 16 draw controls to 13 for Syracuse. Northwestern also held a 16-13 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made eight saves for Syracuse, while Morgan Lathrop had 10 saves for Northwestern.


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