March 2, 2014

Late Scoring Run Helps Syracuse Down Towson

by Tyler Piccotti | LaxMagazine.comTwitter

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse attacks Kayla Treanor and Alyssa Murray rarely struggle as much as they did during the first half Sunday at the Carrier Dome. Treanor wasted two free position opportunities, while Murray failed to find many open passing lanes.

But once they regrouped at halftime, they proved why they are both on the 2014 Tewaaraton watch list.

Treanor rebounded with four goals in the second half, and Murray distributed three assists to help the No. 3 Orange (6-0, 2-0 ACC) pull away from No. 12 Towson (2-1, 0-0 CAA) in a 12-7 victory.

Treanor's five total goals tied her previous season-high set against Jacksonville and Virginia, and Murray has now recorded at least five points in four games this season.

"Lacrosse is a lot about players making plays," Gait said after the game. "These two beside me (Treanor and Murray) made some big plays on offense to put the game away when we needed it."

Towson's Paige Duncan opened the scoring only 34 seconds into the game, but Treanor quickly answered less than a minute later. The assist went to, you guessed it, Murray.

After that, it appeared that Syracuse's Katie Webster would steal the show. Her third goal, which came at the 13:34 mark of the first half, gave the Orange a 5-4 lead.

But then both offenses hit a wall. Neither team scored for the remainder of the half, and poor efforts in the draw circle and on clears plagued the Orange.

"The beginning of the game, it felt like we were a little frantic and maybe a little rushed," Murray said.

The shots Syracuse did fire on net were eaten up by Kelsea Donnelly, who made six saves to keep the Tigers within striking distance. Treanor said she and her teammates were a step behind and needed to adjust.

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"Just working on regrouping, taking quality shots and executing when we had the ball," Treanor said. "They have a really strong goalie, and I think we came out a little flat in the first half."

The second half was a different story for the talented duo.

Only 1:29 into the frame, Murray fed Treanor behind the net. The latter wrapped around the right side of the cage for a top-shelf goal.

Treanor's third goal of the game came four minutes later when Kailah Kempney sprung her loose on a fast break with a graceful lob pass from midfield.

The Tigers fought back to tie the game at seven, but Treanor then put Syracuse ahead for good. This time, it was a wrap-around the left side of Donnelly.

Murray wasn't done either. She assisted on the Orange's next two goals, scored by Gabby Jaquith and Devon Collins. The latter was the result a beautiful tic-tac-toe play in front of the Towson net.

Thus, despite being tested against its third ranked opponent this season, Syracuse cruised to the finish with relative ease.

Additionally, Murray and Treanor again proved why they will be such a dangerous tag team as the season continues.

"I think we had a tough week on the road and really were tested from really cold (Viginia) to BC," Murray said. "Now, we're back in the Dome where it's always nice weather. We're ready to go."

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