Sports SUmmary: Syracuse women’s lacrosse pulls off 9-4 win over Virginia Tech

Sports SUmmary: Syracuse women's lacrosse pulls off 9-4 win over Virginia Tech

The Orange advance to the ACC Semifinals on Friday after the lowest scoring win of the season.
Published: April 28, 2021
NCAA Womens Lacrosse: Stony Brook at Syracuse
Syracuse Orange midfielder Sam Swart (3) celebrates her goal with teammates against the Stony Brook Seawolves during a Feb. 27, 2021 game.

Syracuse women’s lacrosse scored nine goals en route to an opening-round win in the ACC Tournament, but the showing was out of the ordinary for the Orange. Nine goals is the lowest number scored by SU in a win this season and the second-lowest overall, and the Orange’s opponents will only get more challenging after knocking out the second-lowest seed in the tournament.

Meaghan Tyrrell opened up the scoring and she, Emma Tyrrell, and Sam Swart led the way with two goals apiece. Meaghan Tyrrell added two assists for a four-point game, and Sierra Cockerille scored one goal and picked up a team-high three assists for four points of her own.

The Orange offense outshot Virginia Tech 20-9, while goalie Asa Goldstock made five saves in net.

Wednesday’s game was all about the defense, and Syracuse’s squad dominated. The Orange won the ground ball game by a 20-12 advantage, and caused more turnovers, taking the 14-6 advantage in that statistical category.

Ella Simkins led the defense with four caused turnovers, four draw controls, and three ground balls.

Syracuse advances to the semifinal round, where the Orange will take on Boston College on Friday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. This will be the third matchup between Syracuse and the Eagles in a week, with the regular-season series tied at 1-1 each.

ACC Rookie of the Year Kamilla Cardoso enters transfer portal

Freshman center Kamilla Cardoso joined 11 other Orange teammates and entered the transfer portal this past weekend. This may be the most significant loss for the Syracuse squad as Cardoso was named ACC Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

In her first season of collegiate basketball, Cardoso averaged 13.6 points and eight rebounds. Prior to coming to Syracuse, she was the highest-rated recruit in program history.

Cardoso confirmed her decision to leave the Orange to but gave no reason for her departure. She has not yet decided what team to move to but will follow the footsteps of at least five former Syracuse players who have already committed to other schools.

2021 ACC WomenÕs Basketball Tournament
Syracuse's center Kamilla Cardoso (14) celebrates her team's lead during the 2021 New York Life ACC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Women’s basketball starter Strautmane moves to Georgia Tech

Digna Strautmane, a senior on the Syracuse women’s basketball team, has transferred to Georgia Tech, it was announced last week. She notified fans via a post on social media.

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing,” Strautmane captioned the post.

Strautmane started every game of her career at Syracuse, and averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in her final season. She is now the fifth player this season to transfer within the ACC, and the twelfth player to enter the transfer portal this year.

“Thank you Coach Q and the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity for four years,” said Strautmane in another post. “I want to thank everyone that works with this program and makes it so great. Thank you for taking care of me, making me the person I am and helping me make the best memories while earning two degrees.”

Jan 31, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Digna Strautmane (45) controls the ball between Notre Dame Fighting Irish center Mikayla Vaughn (left) and forward Madelyn Westbeld (34) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Syracuse Orange forward Digna Strautmane (45) controls the ball between Notre Dame Fighting Irish center Mikayla Vaughn (left) and forward Madelyn Westbeld (34) during the first half at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse men’s lacrosse has three players picked in Premier Lacrosse League draft

Senior men’s lacrosse players Peter Dearth, Stephen Rehfuss and Jamie Trimboli were picked in the third and fourth rounds of the Premier Lacrosse League draft. With three picks, Syracuse held its spot as the college with the most players drafted in pro lacrosse history with 67 total picks.

Dearth, a short-stick defensive midfielder, is a two-time All-American and the first three-time team captain in program history. Through 10 games this season, Dearth collected 22 ground balls and caused two turnovers. Dearth was the first pick of the third round, going 17th overall. He’ll join the Atlas.

Rehfuss, an attacker, also earned All-American honors, and was Syracuse’s Doris Soladay Award winner last season, awarded annually to a student-athlete who possesses a history of campus and community involvement, along with a history of positively influencing their peers personally, academically and athletically. He’s averaging 2.3 points per game this season and has picked up 22 assists through 10 games. Rehfuss was the first pick of the fourth round and the No. 25 pick overall. He’ll join the Cannons.

Trimboli, a midfielder, is a three-time All-American and was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list earlier this season. He has 14 goals and 3 assists so far this season. Trimboli was picked by the Redwoods at the No. 29 spot.

NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina at Syracuse
Jamie Trimboli (12) of the Syracuse Orange dodges to the goal against the defense of Justin Anderson #21 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half at the Carrier Dome.