SU women’s lacrosse continues early season dominance

SU women's LAX continues early season dominance

Megan Carney leads the Orange to 17-10 victory, scoring team-high four goals.
Published: February 20, 2023
Katie Goodale (#12) heads towards the net against Binghamton.
Katie Goodale (#12) heads towards the net against Binghamton on Feb. 20, 2023 in the JMA Wireless Dome.

It was a game of streaks at the JMA Wireless Dome as the Syracuse Orange (3-0) defeated the Binghamton Bearcats (1-2) by a score of 17-10 while going on a four-goal and two six-goal runs. The Bearcats also had a six-goal run.

“Great game today, really happy to walk away with a win,” Syracuse head coach Kayla Treanor said. “Binghamton was a great opponent, and they showed a lot of fight throughout the entire game, which was awesome and a great test for us.”

Syracuse opened the game on fire as they stormed out to a 4-0 lead on the back of two goals from graduate attack Megan Carney, and one each from graduate attack Meaghan Tyrell and junior midfielder Natalie Smith. Though they cooled off, SU still finished the quarter up 5-2.

“I think it feels awesome, I mean everyone wants to score their first goal, so I was really trying not to rush it,” Smith said. “I think the help of my teammates boxing me out, I was able to get open on those eight meters to finish it off.”

The second quarter got off to an even hotter start as the Orange scored five unanswered from five different scorers before closing the half up 11-3. The Orange would again control the third period of play as they scored four unanswered goals to take a 15-3 lead.

“I think our defense stayed consistent throughout the entire game and just our mental focus coming into this game and knowing that Binghamton is going to be a strong team and just be ready to take shots, but we are able to stop the ball and just be ready for when they did come down,” senior goalkeeper Delaney Sweitzer said.

Coco Vandiver (#16) passes the ball forward.

Coco Vandiver (#16) passes the ball forward.

Emma Tyrrell (#24) fights for the ball against Binghamton player, Jamie Golderman (#24).

Emma Tyrrell (#24) fights for the ball against Binghamton player, Jamie Golderman (#24).

The Orange got off to a strong start in the first half of the fourth period as they scored two out of the three goals scored before taking a timeout with 9:21 left in the game. At this point, the Orange removed many of their starters including Sweitzer. Syracuse would then concede six goals unanswered to conclude the contest.

“(Binghamton) just showed a lot of resiliency and fight, and they fought all the way to the end,” Treanor said. “They scored six quick in a row. It is unfortunate, we can help the players out more as a coaching staff, myself, just trying to help them be more prepared when we do put in our substitutes.”

The Orange had 11 different players put the ball in the back of the net with Carney leading the way with four goals herself. Carney and Tyrrell led the team with six points each as Tyrrell tallied five assists on the day.

“It’s awesome, that’s great we want to move the ball,” Treanor said. “The girls are playing unselfish and trying to find that extra pass. So that’s awesome, today’s a great day where you can play a lot of people and a lot of different people contributed, so I am happy to see that.”

Looking ahead for the Orange, they will start conference play in Pittsburgh on Saturday, with the first draw scheduled for noon.