April 22, 2012

Syracuse Wins 12th Straight to Equal Program Best Streak

from press release

CINCINNATI – No. 2 Syracuse won its 12th consecutive game to equal the program's longest winning streak with a 22-5 victory at Cincinnati on Sunday. The Orange is now 13-2 overall, 6-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Bearcats go to 3-11, 0-7 in league play.

Junior Michelle Tumolo tied her career high with five assists and became just the second player in school history to record 100 career assists. She now has 103 assists in her career, which rank second behind Katie Rowan's (2006-09) 164 on SU's all-time record list. In addition, Tumolo recorded her 200th career point in the victory. She has tallied 203 points in her two-plus seasons, which rank fifth on SU's career scoring list.

"It's awesome to be right behind Katie (Rowan) because she's such an awesome person and a great player," Tumolo said. "Today's game had a different pace. We were focusing on settling the offense and making good plays. I was looking to hit the open cutters with good passes."

Sophomore Alyssa Murray led a balanced scoring attack for the Orange as 10 different players scored for SU. Murray finished with seven goals and an assist for a team-high eight points. Senior Sarah Holden and junior Bridget Daleyrecorded three goals apiece, which is a career high for Daley. Freshmen Devon Collins and Kailah Kempney added two goals each.

With the score tied at three, Murray won the draw and went straight to goal, netting her second goal of the day that put the Orange ahead for good. Murray's goal sparked the Orange on a 7-0 scoring run that gave it a 10-3 lead with 7:40 remaining in the first half. Murray had three goals during the run, while junior Linley Block, freshman Gabby Jaquith and Kempney each added a goal.

Laura Simanski halted Syracuse's run with a free position goal, but Collins and Katie Webster recorded goals in the final 5:08 as the Orange took a 12-4 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Syracuse continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second half as it tied its season high with 22 goals. Murray and Daley both recorded three goals after intermission. SU's defense held the Bearcats to one goal in the second half, marking the second consecutive game that Syracuse has limited its opponent to one goal in a half.

The Orange outshot Cincinnati, 33-13, and picked up 23 ground balls to 17 for the Bearcats. Syracuse dominated in the circle, winning 21-of-29 draw controls. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino recorded six saves for SU, while Jennifer Walsh made eight stops for Cincinnati.

Syracuse closes out the regular season next weekend at home. The Orange hosts No. 14/14 Loyola on Friday, April 27 at the SU Soccer Stadium and Villanova on Sunday, April 29 at the Carrier Dome.

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