Treanor Sets 'Cuse Freshman Recrod in Win over UConn
from press release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kayla Treanor registered six points and became the most prolific freshman goal scorer in school history to lead No. 5/5 Syracuse to a 19-6 victory against No. 18/18 Connecticut in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinal on Thursday, May 2. The Orange will play for the tournament title for the second consecutive year on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field on the Georgetown University campus.
The win was Syracuse's 10th consecutive victory and improved the Orange's record to 15-3. SU's defense forced 25 Connecticut (13-4) turnovers and held its opponent to less than 10 goals for the 10th straight contest.
Treanor led the Orange offense with four goals and two assists. She now has 53 goals this season, which is the highest total for a freshman in school history. Junior Alyssa Murray finished with five points (3g, 2a), while freshman Kelly Cross posted a career-high four points (3g, 1a).
The Orange took an early lead on goals by Treanor and sophomore Kailah Kempney. The Huskies tied the score with back-to-back goals before Murray found the back of the net at the 16:14 mark to give Syracuse the lead for good. Murray's tally sparked SU on a 6-0 scoring run that gave the Orange an 8-2 lead at the 9:23 mark. Murray scored twice during the run, while Cross had a goal and an assist. Treanor capped the run with her second goal, her 51st of the season which broke Halley Quillinan's freshman record of 50 set in 2007.
Lauren Kahn found the back of the net at the 7:50 mark to halt Syracuse's offensive outburst and the Huskies' scoring drought of nearly 12 minutes. The squads traded goals before Kempney and Treanor each scored in the final 3:44 to give the Orange an 11-4 halftime lead. Treanor finished the first half with four points.
Treanor continued to spark the Orange offense after intermission. She assisted on junior Amy Cross' goal 1:22 into the second half and then scored her fourth goal of the night on an assist from senior Becca Block off a clear. Syracuse led 15-6 at the 10:19 mark and tallied the final four goals of the game for the 19-6 final. It marked the sixth time this season that SU has recorded 19 or more goals in a game.
"Connecticut was playing zone defense so you have to move the ball around find the open players in the middle," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "I thought our team did okay today. We had too many turnovers, but other than that, we had the right plan on how to attack it. We created some easy opportunities out of it by moving the ball, moving our feet and finding the open players in the middle."
The Orange outshot Connecticut, 29-17, and picked up 23 ground balls to 16 for the Huskies. Syracuse held a 15-12 advantage on the draw control. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson and junior Alyssa Costantino made three saves apiece, while freshman Shannon Byrne had one save. Shannon Nee made five saves for the Huskies.
Syracuse will make its fifth appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament title game. The Orange won back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008.