February 17, 2011

Minus Hogan, Syracuse Offense Steps Up

from staff reports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With reigning IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year Liz Hogan on the bench, the Syracuse women's lacrosse team turned to its prolific offense Thursday.

Senior Tee Ladouceur (Slingerlands, N.Y.) tied her career high with six goals to lead the No. 5 Orange to a 19-14 victory over Colgate at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse (1-0) featured a balanced scoring attack as 10 different players registered goals in the game, which Hogan missed as she served a suspension from the red card she received in the second half of the Orange's 2010 NCAA semifinal loss to Maryland.

Freshman Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) made her first career start in goal for Syracuse. She made nine saves in her debut. Junior Brooke Conley (Chevy Chase, Md.) relieved Costantino with 7:16 remaining and recorded one save.

Hogan should be back in goal Sunday when the Orange plays at Stanford.

Syracuse never trailed in the game after jumping out to 3-0 lead. Senior Lindsey Connell (Tyngsboro, Mass), freshman Kirkland Locey (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Sarah Holden (Syracuse, N.Y.) all found the back of the net in the first 11 minutes of the game. Sophomore Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hills, N.J.) assisted on two of SU's first three goals. The Raiders (1-1) cut the lead to 4-3 before Ladouceur scored back-to-back goals to increase the Orange's lead to 6-3 with 11:19 on the clock. Freshman Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) netted her first career goal at the 5:53 mark, sparking Syracuse on a 4-1 scoring to end the half and give the Orange an 11-6 lead at intermission. Junior Lauren Welch (Camillus, N.Y.) had one goal and Ladouceur added two during the stretch, including the final tally of the half with 16 seconds remaining.

The Orange opened the second half with four straight goals to take its largest lead of the game at 15-6 with 23:21 remaining. Freshman Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) started the scoring with her first career goal off an assist from Murray. Tumolo recorded an unassisted goal before Ladouceur and Murray converted free position attempts. Colgate outscored Syracuse, 4-1, during the next 11 minutes to cut the lead to 16-10, but Connell, Ladouceur and Holden recorded three straight goals as Syracuse matched its largest lead with a 19-10 advantage with 8:11 remaining. Colgate scored four times in the final eight minutes of the game for the 19-14 final.

Ladouceur finished with a game-high seven points, while Connell tied her career high with five points on three goals and two assists. Murray posted four points on two goals and two assists, and Tumolo led the Orange with four assists to go along with a goal. Senior Catherine Rodriguez (Bellevue, Wash.) and sophomore Becca Block (Stratham, N.H.) each scored a goal, while junior Heather Wentz (West Chester, Pa.) and sophomore Tori Praino (Liverpool, N.Y.) had one assist apiece. Kate Bergstrom led Colgate with six points on five goals and an assist.

Christina Roa posted 12 saves for Colgate.

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