April 10, 2011

Syracuse Cruises to Big East Win over Irish

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 13th-ranked Syracuse remained unbeaten in Big East play with a 12-7 victory against Notre Dame on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. With its second consecutive win, the Orange improves to 5-6 this season and 3-0 in conference action. The Fighting Irish go to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the Big East.

CBS Sports Network televised the game, which drew 821 fans, the seventh-largest crowd in program history.

Senior Liz Hogan anchored the Syracuse defense, which held its opponent to less than 10 goals for the second straight game. She recorded 11 saves, marking the fourth time this season she has reached double figures in saves in a game. Hogan also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover.

Freshman Katie Webster led a balanced scoring attack for Syracuse with three goals. She now leads the team with 24 goals this season. Seniors Catherine Rodriguez and Tee Ladouceur and sophomore Michelle Tumolo registered two goals each.

The teams traded goals for the first 15 minutes of the game before senior Lindsey Connell converted a free position shot to give Syracuse a 4-3 lead at the 18:13 mark. That goal was the first of four straight for the Orange as SU built a 7-3 advantage with 7:58 to play in the first half. Tumolo, Webster and Ladouceur all recorded goals during the run. Back-to-back goals by Notre Dame cut the lead to 7-5, but Tumolo found the back of the net for her second goal of the game at the 2:48 mark to give Syracuse an 8-5 advantage at intermission.

Ladouceur increased the Orange’s lead when came around the right side of the goal and found the back of the net with her shot to put SU up by five with 26:10 to play. Kaitlyn Brosco scored her first goal of the game at the 22:47 mark to bring the Fighting Irish to within three at 9-6. The score remained that way for more than 15 minutes when Webster netted a free position goal with 6:58 remaining. Back-to-back goals by Rodriguez and freshman Alyssa Murray gave the Orange its largest lead of the day at 12-6 at the 3:03 mark. Notre Dame’s Maggie Tamasitis recorded an unassisted goal with 1:42 remaining for the 12-7 final.

“The way the players played, especially in the first half, was outstanding – draw controls, getting the ball out of our end, clearing, transition, and taking advantages of opportunities on offense,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “Overall, it was definitely one of our better games of the year. Part of that is the luxury of being home all week. I thought this was a well-deserved win for the team.”

Tumolo finished with three points on a pair of goals and an assist, while junior Sarah Holden added a goal. Ansley Stewart led Notre Dame with three goals.

Syracuse outshot the Fighting Irish, 31-21, won 12-of-21 draw controls. Notre Dame held a slight advantage in ground balls, picked up 14 to 13 for the Orange. Ellie Hilling recorded 14 saves for the Fighting Irish.

The Orange goes back on the road to take on Big East rival Georgetown on Saturday, April 16. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.


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