March 14, 2009

Rowan Sets Record in Syracuse Win

from staff reports

STORRS, Conn. - Senior Katie Rowan (Delmar, N.Y.) became the BIG EAST's all-time leading scorer in the No. 6 Syracuse women's lacrosse squad's 13-8 win at Connecticut on Saturday, March 14. Rowan finished with 10 points and recorded her 200th career goal as the Orange won its BIG EAST opener for the second straight year.

Rowan now has 97 points in 16 career regular-season conference contests, surpassing former Orange All-American Leigh-Ann Zimmer (2001-04) for first place on the BIG EAST career scoring list. Zimmer amassed 94 points during her career. Rowan also holds the league mark for most assists with 42.

After Connecticut (0-7, 0-1) scored the first goal of the game, the Orange (5-1, 1-0) responded with six straight goals. Rowan connected with senior Megan Mosenson (Malvern, Pa.) for Syracuse's first score, and then netted her first goal of the contest to give the Orange the lead. Junior Halley Quillinan (Glenmont, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals during the run, while junior Christina Dove (Bel Air, Md.) added a goal and an assist.

Rowan's second goal of the contest with 10:30 remaining in the half gave Syracuse a 6-1 advantage. M.E. Lapham scored her second goal of the contest at the 8:57 mark, sparking the Huskies on a 3-0 scoring to run to end the half, cutting the Orange's lead to 6-4 at the intermission.

The Huskies opened the second half with two straight goals to tie the score, 6-6, with 23:24 left in the game. Rowan netted an unassisted goal to give the Orange a 7-6 advantage, but Lapham's fourth goal of the day on a free position knotted the score, 7-7, with 16:44 remaining.

Syracuse regained the lead when Dove connected with Mosenson in the front of the goal, who found the back of the net to give the Orange the lead for good. The goal sparked the Orange as it outscored the Huskies, 6-1, in the final 12:13 for the 13-8 victory. Mosenson scored two goals during the run, while Rowan added a pair of goals and an assist.

Rowan led the way for the Orange with five goals and five assists, marking the sixth time in her career she has reached double figures in points in a game and tying her for third on Syracuse's record list for most points in a game. She now has 201 career goals, making her the 34th Division I player in NCAA history to reach 200 career goals.

Mosenson finished with three goals, while Quillinan added two. Dove had a goal and two assists, while junior Sarah Sedgwick (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and sophomore Lindsey Connell (Tyngsboro, Mass.) had one goal each. Junior Jackie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) added an assist. Lapham led Connecticut with five goals.

Syracuse outshot the Huskies, 37-16, and won 11-of-20 draw controls. Connecticut picked up five ground balls to four for the Orange. Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Rochester, N.Y.) made six saves for Syracuse, while Ann Wallingford had eight stops for Connecticut.

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