SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) –
The No. 5/5 Syracuse women’s lacrosse team outlasted Cornell to earn a 16-13 victory on Senior Day Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange fell behind early, but used multiple scoring runs to gain the advantage over the Big Red.
“It was a great way to wrap up the 2019 regular season with an upstate rival game,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “We’re coming off a tough weekend game on the road to come back in here and play a very good Cornell team. I think we had a little bit of the rust left from the weekend and it took us a while to get going, but once our offense started getting fired up and we started getting those saves on D, I think things were good.”
Syracuse’s offense was aided by four hat tricks. Morgan Alexander, Emily Hawryschuk and Sam Swart posted three goals, while Meaghan Tyrrell scored four. Nicole Levy tallied two assists and Natalie Wallon accrued four caused turnovers and four points (2g, 2a) to contribute to the Orange effort.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Syracuse (14-3) got off to a slow start in the first half, with the Big Red (8-5) beginning the game with a 4-0 run. After hitting the pipes on their first three shots, the Orange got on the board with a goal from Megan Carney. Hawryschuk followed up with a goal of her own, but Cornell’s Shannon Brazier added one for the Big Red to set the score at 5-2 with 17:59 left.
That’s when the momentum swung back to the Orange. Alexander started an offensive onslaught for Syracuse, followed by goals from Sam Swart and Hawryschuk. Cornell would respond with Olivia Jensen’s third goal of the evening, but Syracuse tallied the last goal of the half as Swart found the back of the net again for her 24th of the year to tie the game at 6-6 heading to the intermission.
Syracuse kept up its attack after the break, starting with goals from Tyrrell and Wallon. Cornell and the Orange would trade goals thereafter, leading to an 11-9 Syracuse advantage with 18:03 remaining.
The Big Red fought back, scoring three straight goals to regain the lead, 12-11. However, Syracuse responded with a four-goal run of its own. Hawryschuk, Swart, Tyrrell and Alexander all contributed to the Syracuse push that resulted in a 15-13 Orange lead. The teams traded goals in the final 2:44 to give Syracuse a 16-13 victory.
THANK YOU SENIORS
Prior to opening draw, Syracuse honored its senior class. Morgan Alexander, Julie Cross, Nicole Levy, Cara Quimby, Alexa Radziewicz, Mary Rahal, Emily Resnick, Bri Stahrr and Natalie Wallon were all honored during the pregame celebration. Syracuse has a tradition of honoring seniors during their academic senior year, so while being redshirt juniors, Alexander, Rahal, Resnick and Quimby took part in the ceremony.
“Senior Day is a great opportunity for all the players that have given so much to the program and continue to lead this team,” Gait said. “A 14-3 record with the schedule we have is pretty good. You have to give the credit to the seniors for the leadership. Not just for the season, but what they’ve done from the end of last year all the way through the summer, fall ball, the winter, everything. They bring this team together.”
Together, the seniors account for 319 goals, 147 assists, 295 ground balls, 139 caused turnovers and 36 saves.
Junior Asa Goldstock’s six saves against the Big Red make her the sole owner of the No. 3 spot on Syracuse’s all-time save list. On a similar note, Hawryschuk’s three goals increased her career total to 143, which tie her for seventh place with Riley Donahue ’18 on Syracuse’s career leader list.
Alexander recorded the first hat trick of her career, while Tyrrell set a career high for goals (4) and Hawryschuk set a career high in assists (3).
The Orange have now won eight of their last nine games and finish the regular season with a 14-3 record. The 14 victories are the most Syracuse has posted in the regular season since 2016.
Syracuse awaits its ACC tournament seed, which will be announced this weekend. The ACC Tournament runs from April 23-28 at Boston College. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.