April 11, 2009

Rowan's Late Goal Lifts Orange Over ND

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hogan’s save on Shaylyn Blaney’s shot with 32 seconds remaining preserved No. 9 Syracuse's14-13 victory against No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday, April 11 in the Carrier Dome. The win improves the Orange’s record to 10-3 overall, 5-1 in BIG EAST play, while the Fighting Irish goes to 11-3 overall, 4-2 in league action.

Senior Katie Rowan led Syracuse with six points on four goals and two assists. With her performance, she moves into sole possession of seventh place on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 355 points, and a tie for the fourth spot on the all-time assists list with 139.

Syracuse controlled the first half, leading by as many as 10. With the score tied, 1-1, junior Christina Dove scored on an assist from Rowan, sparking the Orange on a 10-0 scoring run. After a pair of Notre Dame goals, Rowan netted an unassisted goal with four seconds on the clock to give Syracuse a 12-3 halftime lead. Rowan and Dove recorded hat tricks in the first half, while junior Halley Quillinan and senior Bridget Looney had two goals each.

The Fighting Irish scored a pair of goals to open the second half before Quillinan found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore Tee Ladouceur to give the Orange a 13-5 lead with 25:45 left in the game. Blaney recorded her second goal of the game with 24:47 remaining that started a 6-0 scoring run for Notre Dame, cutting SU’s lead to 13-11 with 7:21 on the clock. Rowan increased the Orange’s lead to three with her fourth goal of the day with 1:55 remaining, but Notre Dame responded and Kaitlin Keena’s goal with 53 seconds left in the game brought the Fighting Irish to within one at 14-13. Notre Dame won the ensuing draw and had a chance to tie the game, but Hogan’s eighth save of the day on Blaney’s shot clinched the win for Syracuse.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “I’m very proud of our team for hanging in there and sticking it out, finishing the game and handling the pressure. It was a great win and now we move on.”

Rowan led all scorers with six points, while Quillinan finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Looney scored two goals to go along with seven draw controls and three caused turnovers. Ladouceur added a goal and two assists, and senior Awehiyo Thomas also had a goal. Senior Megan Mosenson had two assists, while junior Jackie DePetris had one helper. Blaney led Notre Dame with four goals, while Byers netted three goals and dished out one assist.

Notre Dame outshot Syracuse, 30-27, and picked up 15 ground balls to 13 for SU. The Orange held an 18-11 advantage in draw controls. Hogan made eight saves for the Orange, while Erin Goodman had seven saves for Notre Dame.

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