'Cuse Company: Rekindling the Carrier Dome Connection
Moments after Team USA put the finishing touches on a convincing 20-5 victory over Canada in a rematch of the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup final Oct. 9 at US Lacrosse, Canadian assistant coach Gary Gait found his daughter, Taylor, chatting with his former Syracuse players turned U.S. stars Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray in the tunnel leading from Tierney Field into the IWLCA Building.
Gait grabbed Tumolo and Murray playfully by their shoulders. "Stop picking on us, you two," he said.
Tumolo and Murray rekindled their Carrier Dome connection with the UWLX's Philadelphia Force over the summer and continued to demonstrate that chemistry, combining for 14 goals and 16 assists in a four-game U.S. sweep at the Team USA Fall Classic.
"We call it left side, strong side, because we're both lefties and we just work well together from the crease to the elbow," Tumolo said.
With Kayla Treanor (above) and her former teammates Tumolo and Murray, Syracuse is well represented on the U.S. Women's National Team. (Scott McCall)
Add Kayla Treanor to the mix, and the 2017 World Cup team could feature a reunion of one of the most formidable offenses in the country.
In Treanor's freshman season at Syracuse, the trio tallied 141 points in their first 13 games before Tumolo, a senior, tore her ACL.
"It clicked before Treanor even got there," Tumolo said. "Gary would talk about 'this Kayla Treanor' all the time. Lacrosse was still new to me. I didn't play until high school. I just went with the flow. The second she got there, she was wowing every single player on the team. The same with Alyssa Murray. Alyssa Murray suffered a knee injury in high school and was sidelined for the fall to start college. When she came out in the spring, it was unbelievable."
Tumolo, Murray and Treanor — all lefties — graduated in 2013, 2014 and 2016, respectively, as three of the top five scorers in Syracuse history. But the chance to play for gold at the World Cup in Guildford, England, has them together again. The attack position is wide open. Only Danielle Etrasco returns from 2013. Team USA will trim its roster from 25 to 18 in January.
"At Syracuse, the three of us were always expected to get the ball, run the offense and somehow put points on the board," Murray said. "On the U.S., it's not just about three individuals. It's the whole offense."
That's not to say the three former Orange standouts have lost their wow factor.
"I hope we're still the same," Tumolo said, "because we were pretty darn good at Syracuse."
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