April 12, 2013

No. 5 Syracuse Routs Louisville 19-7

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 5 Syracuse jumped out to an early lead and defeated rv/rv Louisville, 19-7, in its return home to the Carrier Dome on Friday, April 12. The Orange improved its record to 8-3 on the season and 4-0 in BIG EAST play, extending its BIG EAST regular-season winning streak to 16.

Senior Michelle Tumolo and junior Alyssa Murray led a balanced offensive attack for Syracuse as both finished with seven points. Murray had a team-high five goals, giving her 131 in her career and moving her into sixth place on SU's career leader list. Tumolo dished out four assists, while freshman Kayla Treanor posted five points (3g, 2a). Senior Bridget Daley tied her career high with three goals as eight different players scored for the Orange.

Tumolo sparked SU early, recording three points on the first three goals of the contest. She was the first to find the back of the net and then assisted on scores by Treanor and Murray. The Orange added a pair of goals before Louisville (8-5, 0-4) scored its first goal of the game on a free position shot at the 16:59 mark.

The Cardinals scored back-to-back goals by Nikki Boltja and Carissa Corbett to cut the lead to 6-3, but the Orange responded with a 6-0 scoring run during the final 8:10 of the half, giving Syracuse a 12-3 lead at intermission. Murray and Tumolo each scored twice during the run.

"The team came out ready to play," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We jumped on them early, played tough, were very focused — a much different effort than the last game we played. It was nice to see. It started out a little slow on shooting but the hustle, the play, the sharpness, it was there. I thought everyone worked on hustling and played a great game. I was very happy with the effort today."

The second half featured more Orange offense as six different players found the back of the net and Murray's goal on an assist from Tumolo with 21:39 on the clock gave SU its largest lead of the game at 16-3. Louisville netted three consecutive goals to cut SU's advantage to 10, but Syracuse recorded three of the final four goals of the game for its third consecutive victory.

Syracuse outshot Louisville 34-21 and won 17-of-28 draw controls. The Orange recorded 21 ground balls, including a career-high six by Tumolo, compared to Louisville's 11. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson and junior Alyssa Costantino shared the duties in goal for SU, each recording five saves. Syracuse forced 12 turnovers and held Louisville, the highest scoring offense in the BIG EAST, to well below its season average of 14.67 goals per game.

"You shut down a high-scoring offense with team defense," Gait said. "It starts from the rides, draw controls, limiting their possessions and limiting the number of shots they have. We outshot them dramatically. Play good team D-- that's how you shut down a team that has been scoring a lot of goals."

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