U.S. Women Down Syracuse Before Final Cuts
by Brian Logue | Twitter
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BRADENTON, Fla. – An early Sunday morning start after waiting through five and a half hours of rain delays on Saturday did little to slow the United States women’s national lacrosse team, as the U.S. knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 20-8 to finish with a perfect 2-0 record in the Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy.
Syracuse had a 4-2 lead with under 10 minutes to play in the first half, but the U.S. closed the first half on a six-goal run that was started on an Alex Aust goal off a nice feed from Kelly Rabil. Rabil also had a pair of goals on Saturday night to settle down the U.S. in its 19-8 victory over Florida.
“I like to think of myself as not a goal scorer with this team,” said Rabil, one of the team’s veterans. “I think the biggest thing is getting in the flow of the offense, making sure everyone feels comfortable.”
Syracuse ended the run on a goal by Nicole Levy just over four minutes into the second half to cut the U.S. lead to 9-5, but then the U.S. went on a five-goal run, with two of the goals coming from Syracuse graduate Alyssa Murray, to put the game away.
Shannon Gilroy had a game-high four goals for the U.S. while Katie Schwarzmann added three goals. Murray, Brooke Griffin and Katie Webster each scored twice. Syracuse was playing without senior star Kayla Treanor, who participated with Team USA in the event and had two assists against her current college teammates. Riley Donahue led the Orange with four goals and an assist and Nicole Levy added three goals on some blistering shots.
The game marked the final time the U.S. players will be together before the coaching staff makes cuts for a foreign tour this summer. The U.S. is preparing for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Guildford, England.
“The biggest emphasis, which is so hard to do at this level, is they played for each other even though they’re trying to make the team,” said Fried, who expects to make his roster decisions by the end of the week. “They were able to put that aside and focus on playing as a team.”
Rabil, who was an alternate for the 2009 U.S. team before helping the U.S. win the 2013 World Cup, knows as well as anyone the pressure for the players trying to make the team.
“I think you feel pressure when you walk on the field with the best players in the world,” said Rabil. “That’s what makes the U.S. such a great program, it pushes us. The pressure builds for sure. Each time we meet it gets a little closer.”
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