March 3, 2012

Webster Scores in OT as 'Cuse Upsets Florida

from press release

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore Katie Webster scored a goal 45 seconds in to the second overtime period to give the No. 9/11 Syracuse women’s lacrosse team (2-2) a 12-11 victory against No. 4/5 Florida (4-2) in Gainesville on Saturday, March 3. It marks the Orange’s first win against an opponent ranked in the top five since 2006.

Sophomore Kirkland Locey won the opening draw of the second overtime and passed the ball to junior Bridget Daley on the left side. Daley gave the ball to Webster, who started her dodge at the top of the fan on the right side. She put a low bounce shot from the eight-meter arc in the goal for the game winner.

“It’s a great win for the program,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “We never gave up and kept fighting. We made a shot when we needed to. We haven’t been able to do that the last couple of games, but that’s what you learn from playing tough games and a tough schedule.”

The Orange led 6-4 at halftime and Webster’s goal 1:33 into the second half extended SU’s lead to 7-4. Gabi Wiegand recorded her second goal of the game at the at 25:09 mark to spark the Gators on a 3-0 scoring run to tie game with 13:20 left in the second half. Syracuse responded with three unanswered tallies to take a 10-7 advantage. Sophomore Alyssa Murray recorded a free position goal before freshmen Devon Collins and Gabby Jaquith scored back-to-back goals. However, the Gators posted the final three goals of regulation, the last coming with 53 seconds on the clock, to force overtime.

Syracuse struck first in the first extra session when senior Sarah Holden found the back of the net for the third time off an assist from Murray at the 3:48 mark. The Gators once again answered with Brittany Dashiell’s free position goal at the 1:33 mark. Dashiell had a chance to win the game for Florida, but her shot with 25 seconds left was blocked to send the game into a sudden-victory second overtime period.

The Orange jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with goals from junior Michelle Tumolo, sophomore Amy Cross, Holden and sophomore Linley Block. The Gators scored four of the game’s next five goals to cut the lead to 5-4, but Collins netted a goal with 13 seconds left on the clock to give the Orange a 6-4halftime advantage.

Florida outshot Syracuse, 39-26, and picked up 16 ground balls to 14 for the Orange. The Gators also won 15-of-27 draw controls. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino made a career-high 13 saves for Syracuse, while Mikey Meagher finished with 10 saves for Florida.

The Orange goes on the road again next weekend to face No. 3/4 Maryland in College Park. Game time is set for 1 p.m.


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