May 10, 2009

Rowan, Syracuse Blast BU to Advance

from press release

Senior Katie Rowan scored 11 points, including five goals and six assists, leading the 7th-seeded Orange past Boston University, 20-10, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament. Syracuse will travel to play 2nd-seeded Maryland, which beat Colgate, 20-4. Rowan, the 2009 BIG EAST co-Attack Player of the Year, now has 38 points in NCAA Tournament play in her Syracuse career, which is the highest total for any SU player in program history.

"I thought that all our hard work and preparation came together," head coach Gary Gait said. "We controlled the game and played the way we wanted to play the game. We were able to keep that control the entire game. I'm happy with the win and ready to move on."

Rowan's 11 points tie for the second-highest single-game total in NCAA Tournament history. She set the single-game mark last year when she recorded 13 points against Towson in the first round of the tournament. In addition, she climbed to third place on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 389 points in her career.

Boston University (15-4) started the scoring on Alyssa Kovach's goal at the 27:29 mark. Senior Bridget Looney scored twice in less than a minute, the second coming off an assist from Rowan, giving Syracuse (14-4) the lead for good with 25:45 left in the half. Rowan assisted on three straight goals, helping the Orange to a 6-2 advantage. After the Terriers netted two consecutive goals to cut the lead to two, Rowan had a hand in Syracuse's next four scores, with three goals and an assist. Her goal at the 8:14 mark sparked Syracuse on a 5-1 scoring run to end the first half as the Orange took a 14-6 lead into the locker room at halftime. The 20 combined goals tie for second on the record list for most goals scored in a half by two teams in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

The Orange controlled the second half, and senior Awehiyo Thomas' goal on an assist from Rowan with 2:10 remaining gave Syracuse its largest lead of the game, 20-9. The Terriers' Traci Landy netted her fourth goals of the day with 1:02 remaining for the 20-10 final.

Rowan finished with a game-high five goals, while Looney tied her career high with four goals. Juniors Halley Quillinan and Christina Dove had four points each on three goals and an assist, while Thomas and sophomore Tee Ladouceur (Slingerlands, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece. Senior Megan Mosenson added a goal and an assist. Landy and Sarah Dalton led Boston University with four goals each.

Syracuse outshot Boston University, 35-16, and held a 17-15 advantage in draw controls. The Orange had just two turnovers while causing 10 Terrier miscues. SU goalkeeper Liz Hogan made two saves, while Boston University goalkeeper Rachel Klein had two stops.

With the victory, the Orange advances to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the third straight year and improves its all-time record in tournament play to 4-7. Its 14 victories this season are the second-highest single-season total.

Syracuse travels to College Park, Md. to take on No. 2 Maryland on Saturday. The Terrapins defeated Colgate in the first round to improve its record to 20-0 this season.

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