SU cruises to victory over Blue Devils

SU cruises to victory over Blue Devils

The Syracuse women’s lacrosse started quickly with few problems as the team improved to 2-0 in conference play.

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Syracuse’s Emma Tyrrell (24) attacks the defense during a game against Maryland at the JMA Wireless Dome in February.

No. 4 Syracuse women’s lacrosse opened up a commanding early lead and picked up a 15-8 victory over the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon at the JMA Wireless Dome.

SU is now 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.

Syracuse was able to control the tempo from the jump, scoring 29 seconds in and found itself ahead 6-0 just over eight minutes into the game.

Out of those six goals, three of them were scored by Emma Tyrrell.

“She had a great week of practice”, Syracuse head coach Kayla Treanor said about how Tyrrell was able to be such a factor today. “You really get to see that on game day.”

The graduate student finished the day with five goals. She now sits at 11 goals through the first five games of the season.

Junior attack Olivia Adamson was able to continue her hot start, racking up two goals and two assists. 

“We’ve been practicing that all week,” Tyrrell said when talking about her give-and-go’s with Adamson. “It was really about executing the game plan.”

Joely Caramelli, Kaci Benoit, and Superia Clark all notched their first goals of the season for the Cuse, really displaying the all-around talent this fourth-ranked squad has. 

The Syracuse defense stood strong throughout the game’s entirety, forcing multiple shot clock violations and only giving up 13 shots on goal the whole game. 

A lot of that game plan was shutting down Duke’s Katie DeSimone, who led the nation in goals scored with 29 coming into the contest. 

“It’s really team defense,” Treanor said about how her defense was up to the task today to keep Duke right where they wanted them. “Knowing their personnel and knowing that [DeSimone]’s a top player, knowing her tendencies, what she likes to do.”

The two goals she scored today is DeSimone’s season low.

Duke goalie Kennedy Everson was tested in the net by the Syracuse attack throughout the game and was able to come up with 9 saves. 

The Blue Devils were eventually able to tally four goals in the final 5:21, but it was too little too late for any comeback to amount. 

Another highlight for SU tonight was its dominance in the faceoff circle. Grad student Katelyn Mashewske was able to win that battle 20-7, at Syracuse up all game for success. 

“My teammates, my coaches, they’ve all had the utmost belief and confidence in me”, Mashewske was able to say after making her return to the field this year after a season-ending injury back in 2023. “Get back to the basics and really just dial in, I think that showed today.”

Even though the outlook on the day is certainly positive up on the hill, Treanor knows that this team has to clean up in some areas. 

“We got a little too comfortable and casual, we were turning the ball over”, said Treanor. “We’ve got to play the style and the brand of lacrosse that we wanna play for the entirety of the game.”

Treanor also noted that the team was disappointing in man-up opportunities, and would work to get more good looks when those chances arise.

Next up for the Orange are the Stony Brook Seawolves. It’ll take place on Tuesday in the JMA Wireless Dome at 6 PM.