March 29, 2009

Dove Hits Mark; 'Cuse Rolls Cincy

from press releases

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Junior Christina Dove recorded five points and became the third player in school history to score 200 points in her career as No. 8 Syracuse defeated Cincinnati, 23-7, in the Carrier Dome on March 29. The win extended the Orange's BIG EAST regular-season winning streak to 12, dating back to the 2007 season.

"It was a good weekend for us," said head coach Gary Gait. "It was a nice chance to demonstrate what we have been working on in practice."

Dove scored the Orange's first goal of the game and then found the back of the net again at the 25:25 mark for her 200th career point. She joins teammate Katie Rowan and Leigh-Ann Zimmer (2001-04) as the only players to reach the 200-point plateau in their careers. Dove finished with four goals and an assist, giving her 204 points in 50 career games.

"It's a huge honor," Dove said of reaching the milestone. "I'm just glad I can help my team win as many games as possible.

Syracuse (8-2, 3-0) took control of the game early, outscoring Cincinnati (5-5, 0-2), 9-1, in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Orange led by as many as 15 in the second half as it scored a season-high 23 goals.

Eleven different players scored goals for Syracuse. Rowan and junior Halley Quillinan each recorded hat tricks, while seniors Awehiyo Thomas and Bridget Looney and sophomore Lindsey Connell had two goals each. Senior Megan Mosenson and juniors Sarah Sedgwick and Jackie DePetris also found the back of the net.

Rowan had three assists on the day to give her a team-high six points, and sophomore Tee Ladouceur dished out a career-high four assists to go along with two goals. In addition, Thomas has two assists, while Looney, Dove and Mosenson had one apiece.

Several players recorded their first career points in the win. Freshman Kelsey Nangle scored two goals, while freshmen Sarah Holden and Heather Wentz each recorded assists.

Syracuse outshot Cincinnati, 40-13, and held a 20-11 advantage in draw controls. The Orange picked up 19 ground balls to 12 for the Bearcats, and Syracuse caused 23 Cincinnati turnovers. Sophomore Liz Hogan made three saves in goal for the Orange.

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