February 29, 2012

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No. 9 Syracuse to Entertain No. 1 Northwestern Wednesday

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
– The No. 9/11 Syracuse women's lacrosse team (1-1) faces its third ranked opponent in as many games when it hosts No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Northwestern (2-0) on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Game time in the Carrier Dome is set for 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

The game will be televised live on Time Warner Sports Cable in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and New York City. The game will also be broadcast live on WJPZ 89.1FM in the Syracuse area. Fans can follow the action on SUathletics.com with live video and audio on Orange All Access as well as live stats. Subscriptions to Orange All Access are available at daily, monthly and yearly rates.

SYRACUSE AGAINST NO. 1

Syracuse has never beaten a team ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Orange has played the top-ranked squad 14 times in the program's history, including five meetings in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse and Northwestern have played eight times in the last six years, including the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the semifinals of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have been ranked No. 1 in seven of those meetings.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ORANGE

Syracuse cut a four-goal deficit to two with five minutes to play but could get no closer in a 9-7 setback at Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Orange led 2-1 before the Cavaliers went on a 4-1 scoring run to take a 5-3 halftime advantage. Virginia recorded the first goal of the second to take a three-goal lead with 27:50 to play. After the teams traded goals, junior Bridget Daley (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored on a hard shot from the top of the fan to cut the deficit to two. The Cavaliers netted back-to-back goals to take its largest lead of the game at 9-5 with 7:20 remaining.

Senior Sarah Holden started SU's comeback attempt when she found the back of the net for her first goal of the year. Freshman Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) followed with her second goal of the game to cut Virginia's lead to 9-7 with 5:40 to play. The Orange couldn't convert on its next two possessions as the Cavaliers recorded the two-goal victory.

Syracuse outshot Virginia, 25-22, and had 17 ground balls to 14 for the Cavaliers. Both teams recorded nine draw controls.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

Senior Shannon Smith and junior Erin Fitzgerald lead the Northwestern offense. Smith has 10 points this season on eight goals and two assists, while Fitzgerald has posted eight points on seven goals and one assist. Brianne LoManto has played every minute in goal for the Wildcats. She has a 5.50 goals-against average and a .450 save percentage.

Head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller is in her 11th season at Northwestern. She has guided the Wildcats to six national titles in the last seven years. Since the 2004 season, Amonte Hiller has amassed an overall record of 162-10 (.942) and won 29 of 31 games her team has played in the NCAA Tournament.

THE SERIES

Northwestern has won the last eight meetings against Syracuse after the Orange claimed the first clash back in 2003. Last season Northwestern defeated the Orange, 16-11. Two years ago, the Wildcats and the Orange battled to the finish in Syracuse, where Northwestern took the victory 13-12. The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time at the Carrier Dome, with its last win coming on March 24, 2008.


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