March 27, 2009

Rowan, Dove Lead Syracuse Over Louisville

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Katie Rowan recorded nine points and junior Christina Dove netted five goals to lead No. 8 Syracuse to a 15-4 win against Louisville in the Carrier Dome on Friday, March 27. The victory extended the Orange’s BIG EAST regular-season winning streak to 11 games, dating back to the 2007 season.

“I thought it was a nice game,” said head coach Gary Gait, who recorded his 25th win at the helm of the Orange women program. “Certainly, we can always improve on execution and shooting, but I thought the effort and hustle were great.”

Syracuse (7-2, 2-0) jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first five goals of the game. Rowan had a goal and two assists, while Dove found the back of the net twice in the first six minutes of the contest. After Louisville (6-2, 0-1) cut the Orange’s lead to 7-3, Syracuse scored the final three goals of the half to take a 10-3 lead at intermission. Dove and junior Halley Quillinan each had hat tricks during the first half, while Rowan recorded two goals and three assists in the first 30 minutes of action.

The Orange continued its offensive outburst after halftime, as Dove scored 41 seconds into the second half on an assist from senior Megan Mosenson. Rowan scored her third goal of the contest and then assisted on senior Awehiyo Thomas’ goal as Syracuse built a 13-3 lead with 24:37 remaining. Dove and sophomore Tee Ladouceur added goals before Bergan Foley recorded Louisville’s only goal of the second half and her team-high second of the game with 5:15 left on the clock for the 15-4 final.

Dove’s five goals led the Orange, while Rowan finished with three goals and a team-high six assists. Rowan increased her career points total to 334, which ties her for eighth place on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list. Quillinan had three goals, and Mosenson finished with four points on a goal and three assists. She now has 118 points her career, which ranks 10th on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list. Ladouceur had a season-high three points on two goals and an assist, and junior Sarah Sedgwick recorded one assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hogan anchored the Orange’s defense, recording eight saves and four ground balls. Syracuse forced 16 turnovers and allowed just one goal in the second half, marking the seventh time this season the Orange has allowed two or less goals in a half. Kendra Burawski recorded 11 saves for the Cardinals.

Syracuse outshot Louisville, 33-18. Dove and junior Lindsay Rogers (Rochester, N.Y.) each picked up four draw controls, helping SU to a 15-6 advantage in the circle.

The Orange is back in action on Sunday when it hosts Cincinnati at noon in the Carrier Dome. Admission is free of charge.

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