April 9, 2012

Tumolo Matches Career High in Syracuse Rout of Dartmouth

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Michelle Tumolo tied her career high with eight points to lead No. 2 Syracuse (9-2, 3-0), to a 22-4 victory against No. 10 Dartmouth (8-2) on Monday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange posted its second-highest goal total of the season and its largest margin of victory as it extended its winning streak to eight games.

Syracuse posted its fourth win against a top 10-ranked opponent in 2012, which is a first for the program since it began in 1998. The Orange has defeated three teams ranked in the top 10 in a season twice (2007, 2010).

"I was very happy with today," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "The focus today was playing the whole 60 minutes. I challenged the team at halftime to continue that effort through the entire game, and they did. Considering that's our third game in five days, and our second top 10 opponent out of those three, it shows we have depth. Our players and our team are really coming together. It was just a solid effort today."

Syracuse featured a balanced scoring attack as 11 different players scored a goal in the game. Tumolo finished with three goals and a career-high five assists. Sophomore Alyssa Murray, this week's Big East Offensive Player of the Week, posted a team-high four goals to go along with two assists, while sophomore Katie Webster finished with four points (3 goals, 1 assist).

Trailing 2-1, sophomore Amy Cross scored on an assist from Tumolo at the 19:44 mark of the first half, which sparked the Orange a 12-1 scoring run that gave SU a 13-3 halftime advantage. Tumolo had four assists and a goal during the run, while Murray, Webster, senior Sarah Holden and freshman Gabby Jaquith each added a pair of goals.

Syracuse continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second half as Tumolo and freshman Kailah Kempney (2 goals) netted back-to-back goals to extend SU's lead to 15-3 with 24:35 to play. Kirsten Goldberg scored Dartmouth's only goal of the second half at the 22:25 mark as the Orange recorded seven unanswered goals for the 22-4 final. Freshman Devon Collins had two second-half goals, while junior Tori Praino and freshman Loren Ziegler tallied their first goals of the season.

The Orange defensive unit was relentless as it held the Big Green scoreless for the final 14:50 of the first half and the final 22:25 of the game. SU allowed just one goal in the second half, its lowest total in a half this season. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino made seven saves in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson recorded four stops in the second half.

Syracuse outshot Dartmouth, 35-17, and picked up 17 ground balls to eight for the Big Green. Dartmouth held a slight advantage on draw controls, winning 15-of-28. Sarah Plumb scored three goals to lead Dartmouth, while Kristen Giovanniello made five saves for the Big Green.


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