Syracuse Wins 14th Straight Big East Contest
from press release
VILLANOVA, Pa. – Junior Alyssa Murray recorded seven points to lead No. 5/8 Syracuse to a 19-7 victory at Villanova on Friday, April 5. The Orange has now won 14 consecutive BIG EAST regular-season games, dating back to the 2011 season.
Murray led a balanced attack for Syracuse (6-3, 2-0) as seven different players found the back of the net. She tied her season high with five goals to go along with two assists. Freshman Kayla Treanor also tied her season high in points (6) and goals (5), while senior Michelle Tumolo had a team-high three assists to go along with one goal.
Villanova (5-5, 1-1) took an early lead on Jackie Froccaro's goal at the 24:47 mark. The Orange answered 33 seconds later when Murray found the back of the net, which sparked SU on a 7-0 scoring run. Murray tallied back-to-back free-position goals before Treanor scored an unassisted goal. Murray converted another free-position opportunity, and Treanor scored on an assist from senior Becca Block. Freshman Kelly Cross capped the run with an unassisted goal at the 11:19 mark to put Syracuse ahead 7-1.
Elise Bendinelli briefly halted the Orange's offensive outburst with a goal at the 9:26 mark, but Syracuse responded with five of the game's next six goals to take a 12-3 halftime lead. Freshman Erica Bodt and Tumolo scored back-to-back goals and junior Amy Cross, freshman Brenna Rainone and sophomore Kailah Kempney all found the back of the net in the final 1:14 of the half as the Orange posted its highest goal total in a half this season.
The second half featured more Syracuse offense. With SU leading 14-4, Kelly Cross scored on an assist from Treanor at the 20:02 mark, which started the Orange on a 5-0 scoring run that gave Syracuse its largest lead of the game. Treanor scored twice during the run, and Block's goal with 7:46 on the clock pushed SU's advantage to 19-4. The Wildcats netted the final three goals of the game for the 19-7 final.
Syracuse outshot Villanova, 42-8, and won 17-of-27 draw controls. Both teams picked up 14 ground balls. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) recorded one save, while freshman Shannon Byrne (Skaneateles, N.Y.) made her collegiate debut, playing the final 5:17 in goal for the Orange. Amanda Hirschfeld and Danielle Wiedmeier combined for eight saves for Villanova. Froccaro led the Wildcats' offense with five points on four goals and an assist.
The Orange looks to remain unbeaten in conference play when it takes on Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. on Sunday at 1 p.m.