April 23, 2011

Syracuse Scores Season-High 20 Goals, Routs Cincinnati

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 19 Syracuse scored its most goals of the season in a 20-3 victory against conference opponent Cincinnati on Saturday, April 23 in the Carrier Dome. Saturday's game also marked Senior Day for the Orange, as seven seniors were honored in a ceremony before the game.

With the win, Syracuse improves to 7-7 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play. Cincinnati goes to 2-13 overall and 0-7 in league action.

Thirteen different players scored for the Orange as it posted its largest margin of victory this season. Senior Tee Ladouceur led Syracuse with three goals and three assists for a team-high six points. She now has sole possession of sixth place on SU’s all-time scoring list with 161 points. Sophomore Michelle Tumolo dished out three assists to go along with a goal. Tumolo, Syracuse’s leading scorer this season, now has 65 assists in her career, which gives her sole possession of fifth place on the Orange’s all-time record list.

Syracuse took control of the game early, scoring six times in the first 10 minutes of the game. Freshman Alyssa Murray had two goals during the stretch, while Ladouceur and Tumolo each added a goal and an assist. Seniors Lindsey Connell and Catherine Rodriguez and junior Sarah Holden all found the back of the net to increase Syracuse’s lead to 9-0 before Cincinnati (2-13, 0-7) netted its first goal of the game at the 15:11 mark. The Orange added three more goals, including two by Ladouceur, to take a 12-1 halftime lead.

The second half featured more Orange offense as Syracuse led by as many as 19 before the Bearcats scored the final two goals of the game for the 20-3 final.

“It was a solid effort from top to bottom today,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “I challenged the players not to play down, give their best effort and stay focused throughout the entire game. They did everything we asked today. Hopefully it’s a good game to build off heading into the next game Tuesday against Cornell.”

Sophomore Trenna Hill recorded a career-high three goals, all in the second half, and Murray finished with two goals and an assist. Rodriguez and Holden had two goals each, while sophomore Tori Praino had a goal and an assist. In addition, junior Heather Wentz, sophomores Taylor Nims, Becca Block and Caz-Marie Norwich and freshman Katie Webster scored one goal apiece. Sophomore Marley Ciferri added an assist.

Goalkeepers Liz Hogan, Alyssa Costantino and Brooke Conley combined to limit Cincinnati to just three goals, which is the lowest number of goals SU has allowed in a game this season. Hogan made two saves, while Costantino and Conley had one each.

Every player who dressed for the game for Syracuse saw action in the contest, which was the Orange’s final BIG EAST home game this season.

“It’s nice to see the practice that all the players do pays off when they get opportunities,” Gait said. “It was well done by all and we’re just happy that some players that haven’t received much (playing) time stepped up. It was nice to see it and they played well. “

Syracuse outshot Cincinnati, 26-9, and picked up four ground balls to four for the Bearcats. Cincinnati held a slight advantage in draw controls, winning 13-of-25.

Prior to the game, Ladouceur, Connell, Hogan, Rodriguez, Lindsay Rogers, Lindsey Steeprock and Christine Danielson were honored for their dedication to the Orange women's program. They will play in their final regular-season home game on Tuesday when Syracuse hosts Central New York rival Cornell on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Admission is free of charge.

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