April 5, 2014

No. 3 Syracuse Dominates Virginia Tech from Start

from press release

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 3 Syracuse scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back as it defeated Virginia Tech, 18-4, in Blacksburg, Va. The Orange extended its winning streak to six games and improved its record to 12-1, including a 4-1 mark in ACC play.
Senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore Kayla Treanor led a balanced offensive attack for Syracuse as 10 different players scored at least one goal. Murray finished with five goals, while Treanor had four goals and two assists. Junior Devon Collins tallied three points on two goals and an assist , and sophomore Lisa Rogers tied her career high with two goals.
The Orange never trailed as Murray scored twice in the first three minutes to give SU a 2-0 lead. Treanor and Rogers found the back of the net before Murray scored her third goal of the game at the 21:09 mark. Jack Boissonneault tallied Virginia Tech's (7-6, 0-4) only goal of the first half on a free position attempt, but Treanor answered with her second goal of the day to spark the Orange on a 12-0 scoring run that continued into the second half. Syracuse ended the half with nine straight goals to take a 14-1 lead into the locker room at halftime. Treanor had two goals during the run, including one on a behind-the-back shot, while Collins had a goal and two assists.
Murray, sophomore Erica Bodt and Treanor scored in the first six minutes of the second half to give Syracuse its largest lead of the game at 17-1. The Hokies halted Syracuse's offensive outburst with back-to-back goals before senior Trenna Hill scored her first goal of the year for the Orange.  Virginia Tech's Meghan Macera recorded the final goal of the game with 5:15 on the clock for the 18-4 final.
Syracuse dominated nearly every statistical category as it outshot Virginia Tech, 42-13, and picked up 26 ground balls to 13 for the Hokies. The Orange won 15-of-24 draw controls. Syracuse forced 19 Virginia Tech turnovers and held the Hokies' leading scorer, Megan Will, scoreless on two shots. Junior Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) had one save in the first half, while senior Alyssa Costantino made two after intermission for SU, while Meagh Graham recorded 13 saves for the Hokies.
"It was a good all-around win and a good team effort," head coach Gary Gait said. "The defense played hard and the offense created many opportunities to score, especially in the first half. Now we have to get ready to face defending national champion North Carolina in the Carrier Dome next week."
The Orange returns to the Carrier Dome to face the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels on Saturday, April 12. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

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