Syracuse Wins ACC Debut on Road at Virginia
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|Sophomore sensation Kayla Treanor scored five goals as Syracuse won its ACC opener on the road at Virginia on Sunday afternoon.|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Sophomore Kayla Treanor scored a game-high five goals to lead No. 3 Syracuse to an 18-14 victory in its Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) debut at No. 10 Virginia on Sunday. The victory is the first for the Orange in Charlottesville since 2004.
"It was a great first road win in the ACC," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We had our backs against the wall, but we kept playing and fought hard for the victory."
Treanor finished with a team-high seven points (5g, 2a) as four different players scored at least two goals in the game. Junior Devon Collins tallied a season-high four goals, while junior Kailah Kempney dished out a career-best five assists to go along with one goal.
Virginia (1-3, 0-1) got on the scoreboard first when Mary Alati found the back of the net on an assist from Ashlee Warner. The Orange (4-0, 1-0) responded with a goal by Collins on an assist from Treanor off a clear attempt. Collins' goal was the first of four straight for Syracuse as it led 4-1 at the 25:31 mark. Senior Alyssa Murray scored off a re-start, and then assisted on Treanor's goal 46 seconds later. Sophomore Lisa Rogers then scored on an assist from Kempney at the 25:31 mark to give the Orange a three-goal advantage.
Virginia fought back and trailed by one, 6-5, with 16:18 on the clock, but Collins scored her second goal of the game, sparking the Orange on a 5-0 scoring run, which gave SU its largest lead of the first half at 11-6. Freshman Taylor Poplawksi scored twice during the run, which was capped by senior Amy Cross' perfectly placed soft shot in the top left corner of the goal with 4:26 to play in the first half. Courtney Swan scored the last goal of the half at the 3:39 mark for Virginia's first goal in more than 12 minutes of action as Syracuse led 11-7 at intermission.
The squads traded goals to start the second half before back-to-back goals by the Cavaliers cut the Orange's lead to 13-11 with 20:56 to play. With SU leading 14-12, Treanor scored an unassisted goal at the 18:02 mark, starting a 4-0 scoring run for Syracuse, which gave the Orange its largest lead of the game. Treanor scored twice during the run, which also included goals by Kempney and Collins, as Syracuse led 18-12 with 6:28 remaining.
The Syracuse defense made the lead stand up as it held Virginia without a goal for more than 14 minutes. The Cavaliers finally broke through with Maddy Keeshan's goal at the 5:43 mark, but Orange goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson stopped her fifth free position attempt of the game, and senior Kasey Mock blocked a shot to preserve Syracuse's four-goal victory.
Syracuse outshot Virginia, 34-32, and picked up 26 ground balls to 22 for the Cavaliers. Virginia won 19-of-34 draw controls. Richardson finished with seven saves and a career-high seven ground balls. Liz Colgan made nine saves for Virginia.
The Orange plays its second consecutive road game on Wednesday, Feb. 26 when it takes on Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at 2 p.m.
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