April 19, 2014

Quick Start Leads No. 1 Syracuse Past Notre Dame

from press release

Syracuse wrapped up a share of the ACC regular season title in its first season in the league with an 18-10 victory over Notre Dame.

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 1 Syracuse scored the first eight goals of the game and went on to defeat No. 13 Notre Dame, 18-10, in Notre Dame, Ind. on Saturday, April 19. The victory gives the Orange a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season title with a 6-1 league record.
 
"It has been a great first year in the ACC," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We look forward to going to Boston College next week to compete in the ACC Tournament for another championship."
 
Senior Alyssa Murray had three goals, giving her 201 in her career. She is just the second player in program history to record 300 points, 200 goals and 100 assists in her career. She joins current assistant Katie Rowan '09 on the exclusive list. She's also the fourth Syracuse player to scored 200 career goals. Murray finished with five points on the day.
 
"Alyssa's success is directly related to the time and effort and amount of work she puts in to be the best she can be," Gait said.
 
Syracuse scored on its first three possessions of the game. Webster started the scoring on a bounce shot 57 seconds into the game. That goal was the first of eight straight for the Orange. Junior Kailah Kempney had three goals during the offensive outburst, while sophomore Kayla Treanor had a pair of goals and an assist. Senior Kasey Mock capped the scoring run with her first career goal on a free position attempt. Courtney Forunato put the Fighting Irish on the scoreboard when she netted an unassisted goal at the 17:07 mark. That goal was the first of three unanswered for Notre Dame as it cut Syracuse's lead to 8-3 at the 13:51 mark.
 
Webster and freshman Taylor Poplawski found the back of the net for Syracuse to push the Orange's lead to 10-3 before a pair of Fighting Irish goals again cut the lead to five. Murray answered with her 200th career goal on hard shot from the right side of the crease. Junior Devon Collins followed with a goal on an assist from Kempney, and a save by goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson in the closing seconds preserved Syracuse's 12-5 halftime lead.
 
The defenses dominated the first 13 minutes of the second half as neither team could score. Notre Dame finally broke through at the 16:13 mark on a goal by Kaitlyn Brosco, and Grace Muller recorded her 10th goal of the year to cut deficit to 12-7. Webster ended Syracuse's scoring drought that covered the final 11:53 of the first half and 17:36 of the second half. Senior Amy Cross hit the post with her shot, but Webster picked up the ground ball and put her shot in the back of the net to push Syracuse's lead to 13-7. With the Orange leading 13-8, Murray converted on a free position and Poplawski scored a wrap-around goal to push Syracuse's lead to 15-8. Both teams scored twice in the final 2:14, including a pair of goals by Treanor, for the 18-10 final.
 
Treanor led the Orange with four goals to go along with one assist, while Kempney finished with four points on three goals and an assist. Webster also had a hat trick with three goals, and Poplawski had two goals. Senior Bridget Daley added a goal in her first game back since being injured in the Stetson contest on January 24. Three players had three goals apiece for the Fighting Irish.
 
Syracuse outshot Notre Dame, 32-27, while the Fighting Irish picked up 17 ground balls to 15 for the Orange. Kempney recorded six draw controls to help the Syracuse to a 22-8 advantage in the circle. Richardson made five saves in the first half, and senior Alyssa Costantino had three saves after intermission.
 
The Orange will begin play in the ACC Tournament on Thursday, April 24 at Boston College.


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