April 21, 2011

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Tee Time: Ladouceur's Late Goal Lifts Syracuse over Louisville in Big East Women's Lacrosse

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Tee Ladouceur’s goal with 49 seconds remaining gave #19 Syracuse an 11-10 come-from-behind victory against Louisville on Thursday, April 21 in the Carrier Dome. The Orange scored four times in the final six minutes to overcome a three-goal deficit.

Junior Sarah Holden led the Orange with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists, which were also personal bests. Ladouceur finished with three goals and moved into a tie for sixth place on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list. She now has 155 points in 52 games, tying her with Monica Joines (2002-05) on the career leader list.

Syracuse (6-7, 4-1) trailed for much of the second half. Sophomore Michelle Tumolo caused a turnover on a Louisville clearing attempt and got the ball to Holden, who scored to give SU a 6-5 lead with 28:43 remaining. Louisville (10-5, 3-3) tied the score less than a minute later on Lianne Bobal's goal, sparking the Cardinals on a 5-1 scoring run that gave them a 10-7 lead with 9:01 left to play. Liz Lovejoy scored four consecutive goals during the run.

The Orange’s comeback started at the 6:09 mark when Ladouceur scored off a pass from Holden on a free position attempt to cut the lead to 10-8. On Louisville’s next possession, junior Jill Cammett forced a turnover, leading to Holden’s goal with 3:23 remaining to bring the Orange to within one. Syracuse won the ensuing draw control and Holden’s fourth goal of the game with 2:02 on the clock tied the score at 10-10.

Freshman Kirkland Locey gained possession for the Orange on the draw and the SU offense worked the ball around the perimeter before Tumolo passed the ball to Ladouceur, who was in front of the net. Ladouceur put her shot past Louisville goalkeeper Ashley Herbst for the game-winner. Locey won her second consecutive draw and the Orange ran out the clock for its third consecutive BIG EAST win at home this season.

“We did what we needed to at the end of the game and that was to get ourselves an opportunity to tie the game up and give us the chance to score and win the game,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “Certainly, it wasn’t our best effort over 60 minutes but it’s just a matter of getting this team sparked up, believing in themselves, handling the pressure, and taking advantage of the opportunities we get. We were struggling with that a little bit throughout the game, but when we needed it at the end, they stepped up. I’m proud of them, they didn’t give up down by three and showed that anything can happen.”

Five different players scored in the first half for Syracuse as the teams went to the locker rooms tied at 5-5 at intermission. The Cardinals led by as many as three, but the Orange recorded the final three goals of the opening period. Goalkeeper Liz Hogan made five saves in the first half and recorded an assist. Hogan made a save and then passed the ball 70 yards to Holden, who scored the final goal of the half.

Tumolo dished out two assists, giving her 62 in her career. She is now tied with Leigh-Ann Zimmer for fifth place on the school’s career leader list. Senior Lindsey Connell had a goal and an assist, while Locey, and freshmen Katie Webster and Alyssa Murray each scored a goal. Lovejoy led Louisville with five goals and an assist.

The Cardinals outshot Syracuse, 25-18, and picked up 16 ground balls to 10 for the Orange. Syracuse won 13-of-23 draw controls. Hogan finished with nine saves, while Herbst made five saves for Louisville.

Syracuse goes for its fourth consecutive win at home when it hosts Cincinnati at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Admission is free of charge. Seven members of the Orange’s senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony. In addition, the athletics department’s ‘Cuse Cares Community Outreach program will host a carnival in the lower concourse to benefit the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.


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