April 8, 2011

Finally Home, Syracuse Routs UConn

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In its first home game since February, the 13th-ranked Syracuse women’s lacrosse team scored nine unanswered goals to start the second half on its way to a 17-9 victory against Connecticut on Friday, April 8 in the Carrier Dome. With the win, the Orange improves to 2-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Huskies are now 0-3 in conference action.

Sophomore Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) led a balanced scoring attack for Syracuse (4-6) as eight different players recorded goals. Tumolo finished with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Junior Sarah Holden (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) had hat tricks with three goals apiece, while senior Catherine Rodriguez (Bellevue, Wash.), sophomore Marley Ciferri (Ithaca, N.Y.) and freshman Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) each scored twice.

The Orange took control of the game in the second half. Holden took a pass from Tumolo as she was cutting in front of the crease and put her shot by Connecticut (6-5) goalkeeper Brittney Testa at the 28:18 mark to break a 6-6 tie and give SU the lead for good. Holden’s goal sparked Syracuse on a 9-0 scoring run that gave the Orange a 15-6 lead with 5:39 remaining. Rodriguez had two goals during the run as did Webster. Tumolo accounted for two goals and dished out one assist in the offensive outburst, which was capped by Holden’s third goal on an assist from junior Lauren Welch (Camillus, N.Y.) at the 6:03 mark.

The Orange defense held Connecticut scoreless for the final 3:22 of the first half and for the first 24:21 of the second half before Jordan Christopher found the back of the net with 5:39 remaining. Sophomore Taylor Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) and Ciferri each posted unassisted goals to give Syracuse its largest lead of the game at 17-7 with 2:48 left in the game. The Huskies scored twice in the final minute for the 17-9 final.

“The defense played great and they really settled down in the second half,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “A lot of that has to go to our attack and our midfielders for riding so hard and causing turnovers in the second half and making it very difficult for Connecticut to get the ball on its offensive end. When they did get it down there, the defense was poised and Liz (Hogan) made some stops. It was a good all-around effort from our team.”

The first half was closely contested as both teams recorded 12 shots on goal and went into the locker room tied, 6-6. Trailing 4-2, the Orange recorded four consecutive goals, including the second career goal by sophomore defender Becca Block (Stratham, N.H.), to take a 6-4 lead with 10:45 remaining, but Connecticut netted the final two goals of the half to tie the score for the fourth time in the game.

Syracuse outshot Connecticut 33-18, including 21-6 in the second half. The Orange picked up 23 ground balls to 13 for the Huskies. Connecticut held a slight advantage in draw controls, winning 15-of-28. Senior goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made nine saves, while allowing six goals, and Testa had 11 saves for Connecticut.

Tumolo tied her career high with three goals and posted single-game highs with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. She helped the Orange force 21 Husky turnovers and hold Connecticut to just nine clears in 19 attempts.

Several Syracuse players recorded the first points of their careers against the Huskies. Junior Jill Cammett (Norwell, Mass.) and Welch recorded their first career assists, while Ciferri and Nims scored their first career goals. In addition, freshman Kirkland Locey (Baltimore, Md.) led the Orange with a career-high four draw controls.

Syracuse goes for its third consecutive league victory on Sunday when it hosts Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

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