Top-Ranked Syracuse Fends Off Cornell Upset Bid
from press release
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior Katie Webster dished out
a career-high three assists and finished with a season-high four
points to lead No. 1 Syracuse to a 7-5 victory at Cornell on
Tuesday, April 15. The win extends the Orange's winning streak to
eight games and improves its record to 14-1.
Sophomore Kayla Treanor tallied a team-high three goals for Syracuse, while senior Alyssa Murray had two goals, giving her 198 in her career. Lindsay Toppe had three goals to lead the Big Red (6-7).
The Orange led 4-0 at halftime, but three straight goals by Toppe, two on free position attempts, to start the second half cut the lead to one with 15:25 on the clock. Her first goal ended the Big Red's scoring drought of more than 36 minutes.
Treanor answered with her third goal of the night on a hard shot from the right side to push Syracuse's lead to 5-3 with 13:20 on the clock. Cornell again got within one on Rachel Moody's goal at the 9:17 mark, but Murray took a long pass and started her dodge on the right side of the fan and found the back of the net to again extend Syracuse's lead to two at 6-4 with 7:55 on the clock. The Big Red wouldn't go away and Moody's second goal brought Cornell within one before Webster netted her first goal of the game on a fast break with 6:03 remaining to give Syracuse a 7-5 advantage.
Cornell goalkeeper Carly Gniewek recorded her seventh save of the night on a shot by Treanor, but the Big Red wasn't able to clear the ball, turning it over in its defensive end, and the Orange ran out the final 3:14 to record the victory.
"Cornell did a great job of getting long possessions and then converting on their opportunities," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "But we got the turnovers when we needed them and got the win."
Treanor started the scoring at the 18:52 mark of the first half when she started her dodge on the right side and found the back of the net on a low shot. Junior Gabby Jaquith took a pass from Webster and buried her shot from in front of the crease and Treanor scored on a wraparound goal to extend the Orange's lead to 3-0 with 14:28 on the clock. Webster notched her second assist of the game when she connected with Murray, who scored the final goal of the half to give Syracuse a 4-0 lead at intermission. It marks the third time the Orange has shutout its opponent in a half this season.
Syracuse outshot Cornell, 19-16, while the Big Red had a 21 to 16 advantage in ground balls. The Orange once again dominated in the circle. Junior Kailah Kempney posted seven draw controls, helping the Orange win 11-of-14 draws. Senior Alyssa Costantino made four saves and recorded her fourth win of the year.
The Orange returns to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play on Saturday, April 19 when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind. to face the No. 13 Fighting Irish.
comments powered by Disqus