March 13, 2012

Red-Hot Syracuse Blows Out Towson in the Dome

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Michelle Tumolo recorded a career-high eight points to lead No. 3 Syracuse (4-2) to an 18-7 victory against No. 18 Towson (4-2) on Tuesday, March 13 in the Carrier Dome.

Tumolo scored a career-high five goals and dished out three assists to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Orange as seven different players registered goals. Sophomore Alyssa Murray and freshman Devon Collins had three goals each, while senior Sarah Holden, junior Bridget Daley and sophomore Amy Cross scored two goals apiece. Sophomore Katie Webster added a goal and an assist for Syracuse, which scored 18 goals on 23 shots (81.8 percent).

“It was nice to see our team come out today still focused and not relaxing, coming off an incredible three games against top five opponents,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “To turn around and have another ranked opponent, to stay focused, and to stick to the game plan just shows that our team is maturing. We definitely still have some work to do, but we are moving forward and looking forward to our next opponent.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 lead before Cross tied the game after taking a pass from Webster as she was cutting in front of the goal from the left side and putting her shot in the back of the net. Cross’ goal sparked the Orange on a 9-2 scoring run that gave Syracuse a 10-4 halftime advantage. Collins had three goals during the run while Tumolo had two.

The teams traded scores to start the second half before Murray netted her second goal of the game on an assist from Tumolo as the Orange tallied six unanswered goals to take a 17-5 lead with 11:10 to play. Murray and Tumolo combined for four goals during the run. Towson recorded two of the game’s final three goals as Syracuse posted its second 11-goal victory of the season.

The Orange outshot the Tigers, 23-22, while both squads picked up 12 ground balls. With sophomore Kirkland Locey in the circle for nearly every draw, SU won 15-of-27 draw controls.

Syracuse’s goalkeepers combined for 12 saves. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino played the first 30 minutes and recorded five stops, while freshman Kelsey Richardson posted seven saves in the second half. Mary Teeters, who is leading the nation in goals-against average, made four saves for Towson.

The Orange has 11 days off before it opens Big East play at Connecticut on Saturday, March 24.



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