Syracuse Opens 2014 with Win over Jacksonville
from Press Release
|Sophomore Kayla Treanor had 11 points as the Orange topped Jacksonville to open the 2014 season. (Photo: Syracuse Athletics)|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore Kayla Treanor tallied a career-high 11 points to lead the No. 3 Syracuse women's lacrosse team to a 21-7 victory at Jacksonville in the season opener for both schools. It marks the seventh consecutive year that the Orange has won its first game of the season.
"It was a great team effort to start the season," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "It was a good opportunity to play a multitude of players and get them experience at the collegiate level."
Treanor did most the damage in the first half. She played a part in 10 of SU's first 16 goals on five goals and five assists. Her 11 points tie her for second on Syracuse's single-game record list with current assistant Katie Rowan, who accomplished the feat twice. In addition, Treanor's six assists tie for fifth on the single-game record list. Senior Alyssa Murray, the Orange's leading scorer last season, also picked up where she left off, tallying seven points on four goals and three assists. Overall, 12 different players recorded at least one point and all 28 players who were available saw action in the game, including seven who made their collegiate debuts.
Syracuse never trailed as junior Kailah Kempney scored 51 seconds into the game on an assist from Treanor. Senior Amy Cross then scored on an assist from Treanor before Murray netted back-to-back goals, the second on an assist from Treanor. Senior Katie Webster converted a free position before sophomore Erica Bodt capped the SU scoring run at the 21:36 mark off an assist from Murray to give the Orange a 6-0 advantage.
A failed clear led to Jacksonville's first goal by Kelsey Wiglesworth at the 18:21 mark. The Orange responded with eight consecutive goals and took a 16-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. Treanor posted 10 points in the first half with five goals and five assists, while Murray had six points on four goals and two assists.
Syracuse's offense continued to click after intermission as Webster scored on an assist from Treanor 15 seconds into the second half. Junior Devon Collins converted a free position and freshman Victoria Wehner netted her first career goal to give the Orange its biggest lead of the game at 19-3. The Dolphins offense came alive as they recorded four consecutive goals to cut the lead to 19-7, but sophomore Brenna Rainone halted the run when she found the back of the net on an assist from Murray. Junior Gabby Jaquith scored the game's final goal with 28 seconds remaining for the 21-7 final.
The Orange outshot Jacksonville, 35-18, and picked up 23 ground balls to 18 for the Dolphins. Kempney recorded six draw controls, helping SU to an 18-11 advantage in the circle. Junior Kelsey Richardson started in goal for the Orange and recorded one save. Senior Alyssa Costantino made four saves in the second half. Asia Moore finished with 10 saves for Jacksonville.
Syracuse is back in action on Friday, Jan. 24 when it faces Stetson at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 7 p.m.