Freshman Emily Hawryschuk (Victor, N.Y.) scored three goals to lead the No. 5/5 Syracuse women’s lacrosse team to a 17-8 victory against Massachusetts on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Carrier Dome. The win extends the Orange’s winning streak to start the season to four games.
“It was a great opportunity to play against a well-coached Massachusetts team,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “It was a super physical game which led to some turnovers on our part. It was a great challenge to refocus. I’m happy with the plays we did make and it was a great opportunity to learn.”
HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED
Syracuse never trailed in the contest and held a 3-2 lead at the 17:40 mark. Junior Alie Jimerson (Irving, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 17:20 on the clock to spark the Orange on a 5-0 scoring run. Junior Riley Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist during the run, and sophomore Nicole Levy (East Islip, N.Y.) capped the offensive outburst with two straight goals.
The Minutewomen (1-3) halted the run when Kiley Anderson scored one of her four goals with 53 seconds left in the half, but Hawryschuk converted a free position attempt with 21 seconds on the clock to give Syracuse a 9-3 halftime lead.
Massachusetts netted back-to-back goals to cut Syracuse’s advantage to 11-6 with 23:20 remaining, but Syracuse recorded six of the game’s final eight goals to record the 17-8 victory.
Donahue led the Orange with five points (2g, 3a) and leads the team in scoring with 19 points. Hawryschuk’s three goals against the Minutewomen give her a team-best 11 this season. Overall, 10 different players found the back of the net for Syracuse, including six who scored two or more goals.
The Orange defense held their opponent to less than 10 goals for the fourth consecutive game. Junior Kathy Rudkin (San Diego, Calif.) recorded a career-high three caused turnovers to go along with three ground balls and a draw control, while senior Kaeli O’Connor (Cockeysville, Md.) picked up five ground balls for the second straight game. She also had two caused turnovers and a draw control.
Freshman goalkeeper Asa Goldstock (Niskayuna, N.Y.) finished with seven saves in just more than 54 minutes of action. She also picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover.
Syracuse has a quick turnaround as it hosts Albany at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in the Carrier Dome. Admission and parking are free of charge.