April 14, 2012

Syracuse Slams Georgetown to Stay Perfect in Big East

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 2 Syracuse squad extended its winning streak to nine and remained unbeaten in BIG EAST play with a 22-11 victory against No. 14 Georgetown in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, April 14. The Orange is now 10-2 this season and 4-0 in league play, while the Hoyas go to 8-5 overall, 4-2 in the BIG EAST.

For the second consecutive game, junior Michelle Tumolo led Syracuse with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) to tie her career high. Freshman Kailah Kempney also tied her career high with five goals, while freshman Devon Collins tallied five goals in a game for the first time in her career. Overall, nine players registered goals for the Orange.

“I’m extremely happy again today with our performance,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “We stepped on the field prepared and ready to play. I think both ends of the field were very well organized and prepared. We executed our game plan to perfection – certainly in the first half and throughout the game. We had many players contributing on the offensive end, we had lots of players get in on defense so it was a great team effort from top to bottom.”

Syracuse has outscored its opponents, 44-15, in its last two games. In addition, SU has posted 20 or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since the 2008 campaign.

The Orange never trailed against the Hoyas as it jumped out to a 3-0 lead. With SU leading 8-4, sophomore Alyssa Murrayscored on an assist from sophomore Katie Webster at the 13:06 mark, sparking the Orange on a 5-1 scoring run as it took its largest lead of the first half with 5:45 on the clock. The squads traded goals in the final five minutes and the Orange took a 14-6 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

The Hoyas notched the first goal of the second half, but Syracuse’s offense continued to click as three consecutive goals increase its lead to 17-7. After Georgetown’s Sophia Thomas scored at the 17:05 mark, the Orange netted four unanswered goals to take its biggest lead of the game at 21-8 with 8:58 remaining. Collins had two of the four goals. Georgetown recorded three of the game’s final four goals for the 22-11 final.

Murray finished with six points (3 goals, 3 assists), while Webster (1 goal, 2 assists) and senior Sarah Holden (2 goals, 1 assist) had three points each. Junior Linley Block and freshman Gabby Jaquith each posted a career-high two assists. Erin Lovett recorded three goals to lead Georgetown.

Orange goalkeepers Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson combined for 14 saves. Costantino made eight in the first half, while Richardson added six in the second half. Barb Black made eight saves for the Hoyas.

Syracuse plays its final non-conference regular-season game on Tuesday when it takes on Central New York foe No. 15/17 Cornell in Ithaca at 7 p.m.


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