(SYRACUSE ATHLETICS 5/12/19) — Junior Emily Hawryschuk scored five goals to lead No. 5/5 Syracuse to a 14-8 victory against No. 20/– Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at the SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange advance to the quarterfinals where they will play at No. 4/4 Northwestern on Saturday, May 18.
“It was quite a day,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “We knew it was going to be cold and wet. I’m proud of my team for stepping out there and competing, giving 100 percent and coming out on top. We made the plays when we needed them in a little bit of a messy game. I thought we executed pretty well.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams traded goals before freshman Megan Carney scored back-to-back goals to give Syracuse (16-4) the lead for good. The squads again traded goals for the remainder of the half as the Orange took a 7-4 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Syracuse slowly pulled away from the Hoyas (12-9) after intermission. Hawryschuk opened the scoring in the second half with a goal off an assist from Carney to push the lead to four. Michaela Bruno’s goal at the 15:23 mark got Georgetown within three at 9-6, but Hawryschuk and senior Julie Cross netted back-to-back goals to put the Orange up by five.
Sophomore Sam Swart and freshman Meaghan Tyrrell each converted on free-position attempts to give Syracuse its largest lead of the day at 13-7 with 5:17 remaining. After Morgan Ryan found the back of the net for the Hoyas, Hawryschuk scored on an assist from Tyrrell for her fifth of the day for the 14-8 final.
Syracuse’s defense held Georgetown’s leading scorers, Francesca Whitehurst and Taylor Gebhardt, to a combined four points. After scoring seven goals against Penn in the first round on Friday, Gebhardt got off only one shot as she was face-guarded by sophomore Ally Trice.
Hawryschuk’s performance ranks among the best for a member of the Orange in an NCAA Tournament game. Her seven goals tie her for fifth on Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament leader list, while her five goals tie for the second-highest total in a tournament game. Her five goals give her 70 this season, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.
The Orange advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 and snaps a three-game losing streak in tournament play.
Syracuse takes on Northwestern, the fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, next Saturday in Evanston, Ill. The squads met earlier this season in the Carrier Dome. Hawryschuk scored four goals, including the game winner in overtime, in a 14-13 Orange victory.