April 29, 2011

Syracuse Upsets No. 7 Loyola on the Road

from press release

Alyssa Murray had two goals and two assists as No. 18 Syracuse upset No. 7 Loyola.

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BALTIMORE – No. 18 Syracuse scored five consecutive goals to start the second half while holding No. 7 Loyola without a goal for more than 20 minutes to upset the Greyhounds, 10-9, in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, April 29. With its fourth consecutive victory, the Orange improves to 9-7 overall and 6-1 in the BIG EAST. Loyola goes to 13-2, 5-2 in league play.

Syracuse, which has won five of its last six contests, is now tied for first in the BIG EAST with Georgetown. The Orange will play for a share of the conference regular-season title on Sunday against Villanova.

“We’re a really young team, especially in the midfield,” said head coach Gary Gait. “We had the toughest schedule in the country on the road for the most part. I’m hoping that we learned from that and our freshman grew up a lot. We got the job done today and did what we had to. If that game was earlier in the season, we probably we have let that one get away.”

Sophomore Michelle Tumolo snapped a 5-5 halftime tie with an unassisted goal 1:04 into the second half. That goal started Syracuse on a 5-0 scoring run that covered a span of more than 20 minutes that gave the Orange a 10-5 lead with 8:17 to play. Freshman Alyssa Murray recorded an unassisted goal before senior Tee Ladouceur scored off an assist from Tumolo on a failed Loyola clear. Murray then assisted on two consecutive goals off restarts – the first by Tumolo and the second by junior Sarah Holden, which gave the Orange its largest lead of the game at 10-5.

Loyola’s Grace Gavin halted the Syracuse scoring outburst with an unassisted goal at the 7:19 mark, and Taryn Vanthof recorded two consecutive goals to cut SU’s lead to 10-8 with 1:28 to play. Marlee Paton scored on a free position with 25 seconds remaining to bring Loyola to within one, but that was as close as the Greyhounds would get as the Orange held on for the one-goal victory.

The first half featured back-and-fourth action as neither team could pull away. Senior Catherine Rodriguez netted the first goal of the game on an assist from Tumolo less than two minutes into the game. Caroline Hager put Loyola on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at the 27:45 mark, starting the Greyhounds on a 4-1 scoring run that gave them a 4-2 lead with 18:04 to play in the first half. Freshman Katie Webster found the back of the net on a shot to the left side of the goal at the 10:35 mark, sparking the Orange on a 3-0 scoring run that gave SU a one-goal advantage with 6:01 remaining. Tumolo and Ladouceur also netted goals during the scoring run to give the Orange a 5-4 lead. Meg Decker recorded the final goal of the first half with 2:46 remaining as the teams went into the locker room tied, 5-5.

Tumolo led the Orange with five points (3g, 2a), while Murray added four points (2g, 2a), Ladouceur had two goals and an assist. One of Ladouceur’s goals came on the first career assist for freshman Amy Cross.

Syracuse outshot Loyola, 23-22. Loyola picked up 18 ground balls to 15 for Syracuse, and held an 11-10 advantage in draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Liz Hogan made six saves for Syracuse. Kerry Stoothoff also recorded six saves for Loyola.

The Orange closes out the regular season on Sunday at Villanova at noon.

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