April 5, 2012

Syracuse Extends Winning Streak to Five, Downs Notre Dame

from press release

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Freshman Kailah Kempney tied her season high with five goals to lead the No. 2 Syracuse women's lacrosse team (7-2, 2-0) to a 16-10 win against No. 9 Notre Dame on Thursday.

The win extended the Orange's winning streak to five and was its third victory of the season against a team ranked in the top 10. It marks the third time Syracuse has accomplished that feat in program history.

Sophomore Katie Webster recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assist), while junior Michelle Tumolo added three goals. Sophomore Alyssa Murray finished with five points on two goals and three assists.

The Orange jumped out to an early lead when Tumolo scored on the first of two assists from senior Sarah Holden 1:20 into the contest. Murray increased SU's lead to 2-0 with a free position goal before the Fighting Irish netted back-to-back goasl to tie the score with 24:46 on the clock. Kempney broke the tie with her first goal at the 23:52 mark, sparking the Orange on a 7-2 scoring run that gave Syracuse a 9-4 halftime lead. Murray followed Kempney's goal with her second of the game, and Webster netted back-to-back goals, the second on a give-and-go from Murray, that put the Orange up 6-2.

Kate Newall ended Notre Dame's scoring drought of more than 15 minutes with her first goal of the game, but goals by Kempney, Webster and freshman Gabby Jaquith extended SU's lead to 9-3 with 47 seconds remaining in the first half. Lauren Sullivan recorded the final goal of the half on a free position.

Kempney sparked the Orange's offense in the opening minutes of the second half as she scored her third goal of the game on an assist from Webster just 24 seconds into the second period. Tumolo followed with an unassisted goal, before Kempney and Webster followed with back-to-back goals as the Orange took its largest lead of the game with 27:32 remaining. Notre Dame responded with four consecutive goals to cut the Orange's lead to 13-8 with 8:50 on the clock.

Tumolo scored Syracuse's first goal in nearly 23 minutes and Jaquith netted her second goal to give Syracuse a seven-goal advantage. The Fighting Irish responded with back-to-back scores to cut the lead to 15-10, but Kempney recorded an unassisted goal with 15 seconds remaining for the 16-10 final.

The Orange outshot Notre Dame 31-20 and picked up 17 ground balls to 15 for the Fighting Irish. Syracuse dominated in the draw circle, winning 18-of-27, led by Kempney's team-high seven. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino and freshman Kelsey Richardson each recorded three saves for the Orange defense that held the BIG EAST's leading scorer, Maggie Tamasitis, to just two points. She had been averaging 5.33 points per game. Ellie Hilling made 10 saves for Notre Dame.

Syracuse returns the Carrier Dome for the first time in more than a month when it hosts Rutgers on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.


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