The No. 18 Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team upset the No. 7 Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds Friday, 10-9, in Baltimore. The Orange improved to 9-7 (6-1 Big East) and increased their longest winning streak of the season to four games.
The Orange started off the first half strong when Catherine Rodriguez scored at the 28:27 mark, but the Greyhounds responded. Caroline Hager and Abby Rehfuss both scored shortly after Rodriguez’s goal, giving the Greyhounds a 2-1 lead.
Tee Ladouceur scored her 30th goal of the season at the 21:58 mark, tying the game at two goals apiece. Loyola responded, however, by scoring two more goals courtesy of Hager and Grace Gavin. The first half ended tied 5-5 after Katie Webster, Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray scored for the Orange.
The second half commenced with a barrage of goals by the Orange. Tumolo scored two goals, one at the 28:58 mark and the other at the 11:27 mark, to complete her hat trick and bring her scoring tally to 21. Ladouceur and Murray both scored their second goal of the match during the Orange’s scoring run. SU shut out Loyola during the five-goal, 20-minute scoring run, but the game was not over.
The Greyhound offense woke up after Holden’s goal, and Loyola 13-2 (5-2 Big East) scored four unanswered goals to end the game. Gavin scored her second of the match at the 8:17 mark, Taryn Vanthof scored two and Marlee Paton scored with 25 seconds left. The Greyhounds, however, weren’t able to complete the comeback.
Tumolo led the way for the Orange, as she recorded a game-high five points off of two assists and a hat trick. Gavin led the way for Loyola with three points. Liz Hogan had six saves and allowed nine goals for the Orange. Kerry StootHoff recorded six saves for the Geyhounds.
Both teams were evenly matched in many statistical departments. The shots tally was won by the Orange, 23-22, while Loyola won the groundball battle 18-15. Loyola also won 11 draw controls to Syracuse’s 10. Loyola also managed to commit fewer turnovers than the Orange, as they recorded 14 turnovers to Syracuse’s 16.
The Orange will close out the season Sunday at noon at Villanova.
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