Syracuse field hockey crushes Cornell 6-0 in regular season finale
SU field hockey crushes Cornell to close regular season
Syracuse field hockey celebrated Senior Day with a 6-0 defeat over Cornell at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Four different Orange players found the back of the net, and the defense conceded only one shot all game in an all-around stomping of the Big Red.
Graduate forward Quirine Comans made her first goal with 4:17 left in the first quarter. Comans, who used her extra year of eligibility to return to the field hockey squad, was set up by SJ Quigley and Eefke Van Den Nieuwenhof off of a penalty corner. The deflected shot from Quigley was her eighth goal of the season.
From there, the Orange pummeled Cornell netminder Aerin Park with shots, but could not capitalize any more in the first half. After halftime though, Cuse stepped on the gas and didn’t look back.
Laura Graziosi scored her seventh goal of the season, unassisted, three minutes into the third quarter to double the Orange lead. With three minutes left in the quarter, Van Den Nieuwenhof scored another goal making that her fifth of the year. Quigley collected her second assist of the afternoon on the play.
As the fourth quarter approaches, Cornell had all but thrown up the white flag. Backup Laura Kubit entered the game as goalie but didn’t fare any better than the starter. Cuse rattled off three goals within the final six minutes of play.
Olivia Bell notched the first goal of her career on a deflection in front of the net. Followed by Van Den Nieuwenhof and Comans each adding a goal just forty seconds apart.
Before Sunday’s game, the team honored its seven senior players with a ceremony on the field. This group of seniors is particularly special: the Orange were nationally ranked throughout their entire tenure at SU.
This victory was the perfect way for Syracuse to end its regular season – but it won’t be the last time the Orange play in front of the home crowd. SU will host the ACC Tournament this week. It’s the first time Cuse has hosted a field hockey tournament since leaving the Big East in 2013.
“I think it’s an awesome opportunity,” head coach Agne Bradley said. “It’s been a long time for hosting a tournament of field hockey in Syracuse – so to finally get the ACC Championship on campus, there’s nothing better.”
The Orange hold the No. 2 seed in the tournament, which begins on Thursday. SU will take the field then at 3:30 p.m. for a matchup against No. 6 seeded Duke.
With any luck, those same seniors that shined today will do the same in the tournament – and move one step closer to an elusive second national championship.