Boston College WLAX hands SU first season loss

Boston College WLAX hands SU first loss

In a game that made SU history, Meaghan Tyrrell became the Orange's all-time leader in career points with an assist to her sister.
Published: April 20, 2023
SYRACUSE, NY - APRIL 20: Cassidy Weeks #12 of Boston College Eagles passes the ball against the Syracuse Orange during the first quarter on April 20, 2023 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images)
Boston College's Cassidy Weeks (#12) passes the ball against Orange defenders during the first quarter of Wednesday's game at SU Soccer Stadium.

One goal means the number one Syracuse Orange (15-1, 8-1ACC) falls one game short of perfection as the number five Boston College Eagles (13-3, 8-1ACC) defeat the Orange by a score of seventeen to sixteen. This completes the first one-loss regular season for the Orange since the COVID-shortened 2020 season and the first complete one-loss regular season since 2014.

“Great college lacrosse game,” Orange head coach Kayla Treanor said. “A great battle between two top five teams, a lot of credit to Boston College and what they were able to do tonight.”

After the Eagles netted the contest’s first goal, the Orange scored six unanswered. After cooling off in the second quarter, the Orange would head into the locker room with an eleven-to-six lead.

“I thought we came out on fire in the first half, and everything seemed to be going for us in the first quarter,” Treanor said.

The script was flipped in the second half as the Eagles would win the third quarter four to three and the final period of play seven to two to hand the Orange their first defeat since last year’s NCAA tournament.

“It flipped to them in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter; they were able to take away and tie it up,” Treanor said.

It was not a completely somber occasion as graduate attack Meaghan Tyrrell dethroned Katie Rowan Thomson as the all-time leader in career points for the Orange with an assist to her sister, senior midfielder Emma Tyrell in the third quarter.

“I feel like there is just a lot more work to do, especially like team-wise,” said the elder Tyrell. “We have a lot of postseason ahead of us, hopefully, so that’s kinda where my head’s at right now.”

The Orange defense conceded its most goals in 356 days. While also conceding 27 shots on goal and 36 shots overall. This goes along with a negative two turnover margin, a negative eight groundball margin, and a negative six free position shot margin.

“Defensively, they are running the same play, just recognizing it a little bit earlier and stopping it before it gets too far,” Sierra Cockerille said.

This was the Orange’s first home game at SU Soccer Stadium, their home for the remainder of the year. A capacity crowd of 1,500 was on hand to witness this top-five matchup.

“I thought it was a really cool environment tonight at the soccer stadium,” Treanor said. “Lot’s of fans, it was loud, under the lights so overall proud of the team.”

Next up, the Orange have the ACC tournament at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their first game will be on Wednesday, April 26th, with the first draw control set for four in the evening. The Orange’s opponent will be the winner of Sunday’s game at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Virginia, where the Pitt Panthers will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Orange won regular season matchups against both programs, beating Pitt sixteen to four on February 25th in Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech by a score of sixteen to five on March fifth at the Dome.