April 7, 2012

Murray Leads Orange to Seventh Straight Win

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sophomore Alyssa Murray scored five of her six goals in the second half, and junior Michelle Tumolo added a goal and an assist in the final period as the No. 2 Syracuse women’s lacrosse team used a second-half scoring burst to defeat Rutgers, 15-10. The victory extends the Orange’s (8-2, 3-0) winning streak to seven games.

Tumolo’s four points (3g, 1a) moved her into a tie with Tee Ladouceur for sixth place on the Orange’s record list for career points (176).

Syracuse and the Scarlet Knights (7-5, 2-2) battled back-and-forth in a highly competitive first period. After Rutgers claimed an early two-goal advantage at the 24:55 mark, the Orange responded, scoring four out of the next five goals in the contest to take a 4-3 lead. SU and Rutgers battled to a 6-6 tie after Bridget Daley struck with a hard shot from the right side with 3:12 remaining in the half.

Freshman Kailah Kempney gave SU the lead, 7-6, heading into halftime when she found the back of the cage off of an unsettled situation in front of the goal.

The Orange exploded out of the locker rooms in the second period, beginning the half on an 8-2 scoring run. Murray began the scoring streak when she came from behind the net and fired it from the right side. After Rutgers’ Stephanie Anderson countered with a goal of her own, Murray tallied two goals, one on a free position and another off of an assist from Tumolo. Tumolo recorded an unassisted goal at the 16:02 mark, before sophomore Amy Cross registered a goal on a free position opportunity.

Beginning with a tally with 7:08 remaining in the contest, Murray scored three consecutive goals over the span of five minutes to bring her game total to six, two shy of her career best, and give the Orange its largest lead of the game at 15-8. Rutgers scored two goals in the final two minutes for the 15-10 final.

“I think the first half was more about mental errors,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “I think that just came from a long week, travel and everything else. The only adjustment we made was trying to get them energized, and trying to get a little more effort. You may be tired you got to step it up a notch. That was the difference.”

Syracuse outshot Rutgers, 28-24. The Scarlet Knights recorded nine ground balls, while the Orange had eight. SU claimed the draw control battle, 15-12. Stephanie Anderson had three goals for Rutgers, while Annie McGinley recorded four points (1g, 3a).

Freshman Kelsey Richardson registered her first career win as goalkeeper for the Orange. She posted six saves in the second half. Sophomore Alyssa Constantino registered four saves in the first 30 minutes of play. Rutgers’ junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata allowed 13 goals, while saving five shot attempts in 52 minutes of work.

Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome for its second consecutive home game when it battles No. 10 Dartmouth on Monday, April 9. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

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