April 5, 2009

Rebound: No. 8 'Cuse Zaps No. 16 Loyola

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BALTIMORE, Md.  - Junior Halley Quillinan (Glenmont, N.Y.) had five goals and senior Katie Rowan (Delmar, N.Y.) dished out six assists to lead the No. 8 Syracuse women's lacrosse squad to a 17-10 victory against No. 16 Loyola in Baltimore, Md. on Sunday, April 05, 2009. Rowan now has 137 assists in her career, which ranks fifth on the NCAA Division I all-time leader list.

"We came out very focused after a tough game on Friday night," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We had a bit of a lapse that gave them a chance to come back. Our effort is what gave us the early momentum and that's what we focused on the whole game."

Rowan scored an unassisted goal 31 seconds into the game to give Syracuse (9-3, 4-1) the early lead. Junior Christina Dove (Bel Air, Md.) assisted on a goal by Quillinan and then scored two of her own as the Orange led, 4-0, with 23:29 on the clock.

Senior Awehiyo Thomas (Six Nations, Ontario) scored on an assist from Megan Mosenson (Malvern, Pa.), before sophomore Tee Ladouceur (Slingerland, N.Y.) and Dove netted goals as Syracuse took its largest lead of the game, 7-0, with 17:37 remaining in the first half. After Loyola (8-4, 1-3) cut the lead to 7-4, the Orange recorded the final three scores of the half as Rowan, Thomas and Ladouceur found the back of the net to give SU a 10-4 halftime lead.

Loyola opened the second half with four unanswered goals to cut Syracuse's lead to 10-8 with 26:08 left in the game, but that as close as the Greyhounds would get. Mosenson scored on a fast break off on an assist from Rowan, sparking the Orange on a 4-0 scoring run to take control of the game.

Quillinan scored twice during the run, while junior Jackie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) netted her first goal of the game that gave Syracuse a 14-8 lead with 15:05 remaining. Two goals by the Greyhounds cut the lead to four, but the Orange found the back of the net three times in the final 6:02 for the 17-10 final.

Rowan led all scorers with eight points (2g, 6a), while Dove finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Thomas netted two goals to go with two assists, and Mosenson finished with two goals and an assist. Ladouceur added two goals for the Orange. Abby Rehfuss had three goals and an assist to lead Loyola.

Syracuse outshot Loyola, 33-27 and won 16-of-29 draw controls. The Orange held a 19-13 advantage in ground balls and caused 16 Greyhound turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made eight saves for the Orange, while Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff combined for 11 saves for Loyola.

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