Fast Start Propels No. 2 Orange Past Stony Brook
from Press Release
|Senior and Tewaaraton Award finalist Alyssa Murray scored the first four goals of the game as Syracuse ran out to a 10-2 lead at the half. (Greg Wall)|
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior Alyssa Murray scored the first four goals of the game to spark Syracuse in its 13-6 victory against Stony Brook in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament second round. The Orange improves to 19-2, tying the school record for most wins in a season.
"I was very happy with the way the team played today," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "They came out and executed from the opening whistle. It was an awesome first half. That's one of the better goalies in the country and we shot incredibly well. We were prepared and I was really happy with the effort we put in."
The Orange has now won its opening contest in the NCAA Tournament in each of its last seven tries dating back to 2007. Syracuse will make its seventh appearance in the national quarterfinals next weekend.
Murray finished with six points on four goals and two assists. In her career, she has recorded 33 points in the national tournament, which is the second-highest total in school history, and scored 23 goals, which tie her with current assist coach Katie Rowan'09 for the most by an Orange player in NCAA Tournament play.
Kayla Treanor had a goal and two assists and became the highest scoring sophomore in school history. She now has 105 points this season, breaking the previous record of 104 set by Murray in 2012.
The duo teamed up on Syracuse's first goal when Treanor, stationed behind the net, connected with Murray, who was cutting toward the goal from the right side 1:18 into the game. Murray's second goal came off an assist from senior Katie Webster before she netted back-to-back free position goals to give the Orange a 4-0 lead with 21:24 on the clock.
After Amber Kupres put Stony Brook (17-4) on the scoreboard, senior Bridget Daleysparked Syracuse on a 6-1 scoring run when she picked up a ground ball in front of the crease and put her shot in the back of the net. Junior Kailah Kempney followed with a goal off an assist from Murray and Treanor worked her way through three defenders to net her only goal of the day. Kempney followed with her second goal and freshmanTaylor Poplawski found the back of the net on an assist from Murray.
After the Seawolves briefly halted the Orange's offensive outburst with a goal by Kristin Yevoli, Syracuse took advantage of a fast break opportunity in the closing seconds of the first half to take a 10-2 halftime lead. Stony Brook turned it over and sophomore Maddy Huegel picked up the ground ball. After a Seawolves' foul, senior Amy Cross passed the ball 30 yards into Syracuse's offensive end to Treanor as the Orange had a two-on-one advantage. She found a wide open Devon Collins, who went straight to goal and put her shot past Stony Brook goalkeeper Frankie Caridi with two seconds on the clock.
The Orange started the second half much like it did the first, recording three of the first four goals to extend its advantage to double digits. Collins scored her second straight goal on an assist from Kempney before sophomore Kelly Cross converted a free position. Courtney Murphy scored the first of her four second-half goals before Cross assisted on junior Gabby Jaquith's goal at the 18:13 mark to give the Orange a 13-3 lead. The Seawolves netted the final three goals of the game for the 13-6 final.
Kempney finished with three points and had two draw controls to become the first player in school history to record 100 draw controls in a season. Collins also finished with three points. Overall, eight different players scored for the Orange.
Syracuse outshot Stony Brook, 22-9, and dominated in the draw circle, winning 14-of-19. The Orange had an 18-12 advantage in ground balls, led by senior Kasey Mock's (Pottstown, Pa.) four. Junior Kelsey Richardson had a save in the first half, while seniorAlyssa Costantino made two saves after intermission. Caridi, who leads the nation in goals-against average, made four saves for Stony Brook.
The Orange advances to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the seventh time in the last eight years where it will take on ACC foe Boston College on Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated the Eagles, 11-9, in February.
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