April 20, 2012

No. 2 Syracuse Downs Louisville for 11th Straight

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Becca Block recorded her first career hat trick to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 16-9 victory at Louisville (3-11, 1-6) on Friday, April 20. With the victory, the Orange (12-2, 5-0) extended its winning streak to 11 and remained unbeaten in BIG EAST play.

“We’re happy with the victory,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “It was a total team effort from top to bottom.”

Sophomore Alyssa Murray led a balanced Syracuse attack as eight different players scored. Murray finished with five points (3 goals, 2 assists), while junior Michelle Tumolo netted two goals and became the ninth player in school history to record 100 career goals. She ranks fifth on SU’s all-time scoring list with 198 points.

Senior Sarah Holden, sophomore Katie Webster and freshman Kailah Kempney also recorded two goals each.  Nikki Boltja and Faye Brust led Louisville with four goals each.

The Cardinals opened the scoring at the 26:18 mark to take its only lead at 1-0. The Orange answered with Holden’s goal, which sparked Syracuse on a 7-0 scoring run to end the half. Becca Block followed with a free position goal, and Tumolo scored on a move from behind the right side of the net. Becca Block scored her second goal off the draw to extend SU’s lead to 4-1, causing Louisville to take a timeout.

Syracuse continued to apply offensive pressure as Murray scored on assist from junior Linley Block before Webster and Kempney found the back of the net to give the Orange a 7-1 halftime lead. It marked the second time this season that SU has held its opponent to one goal in a half.

The two teams traded goals to start the second half before consecutive scores by Becca Block, Tumolo and Murray gave the Orange its largest lead of the game at 12-3 with 15:54 to play. Louisville attempted a comeback as Brust and Boltja combined for three of the game’s next four goals, but Syracuse responded with goals from Murray and Webster as it regained its nine-goal advantage.

Syracuse outshot Louisville, 32-21, and picked up 17 ground balls to 14 for the Cardinals. SU held a slight advantage in draw controls, winning 14-of-27.

The Orange defense held its opponent to less than 10 goals for the eighth time this season. Twelve different players recorded caused turnovers for Syracuse as it forced 18 Louisville turnovers. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino made four saves in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson made five stops after intermission for the Orange. Danielle Pawliw and Ashley Herbst combined for 11 saves for Louisville.

Syracuse tries to tie the school record the longest winning streak in program history when it visits Cincinnati on Sunday, April 22. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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