The View - Syracuse Women's Sports Roundup

This week we have ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and basketball. So put your seat backs in their upright position, and get ready for takeoff.

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LAST WEEK: The season began Tuesday, when the No. 12/12 Orange hosted No.13/8 Boston College. The game was a complete mismatch, as ten Orange players recorded a point, led by Alyssa Murray's school record eight goals, in the 23-12 romp. Syracuse never trailed in the game, as they won their fifth consecutive season opener.

Sunday was a different story, as the Orange traveled to Virginia, and lost to the Cavaliers, 9-5. Alyssa Murray led Syracuse with one goal and two assists.

NEXT WEEK: Syracuse (1-1, 0-0) has a home date on Wednesday with perennial power, No. 1 ranked Northwestern, and a Saturday trip to Gainesville to battle the Gators.

Softball

LAST WEEK: Syracuse traveled to sunny Palm Springs, to compete in the Cathedral Classic. Friday opened with a game against Pacific, and the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, en route to a 5-2 win. Lisaira Daniels hit her first home run of the season for the Orange. Later Friday, Syracuse played Northwestern, and cruised to a 9-3 win. Julie Wambold had two home runs (including a grand slam), Lisaira Daniels hit a home run for the second consecutive game, and Jenna Caira pitched a complete game to lead the Orange.

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Saturday was another trip to Splitsville for the Orange, who defeated UC Davis 5-3, and lost to No. 16 Arizona 5-0. Syracuse trailed UC Davis 3-0 after five innings, but rallied for two runs in the sixth via the first career home run from Carey-Leigh Thomas. With two outs In the bottom of the seventh, Julie Wambold hit a walk-off two run home run for the Orange. In the second game of the day, No. 16 Arizona led 5-0 after five innings, and the Orange loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but were not able to drive in any runs, in suffering the shutout loss. Syracuse outhit the Wildcats 6-4, but three errors doomed the Orange.

The weekend concluded on Sunday, as the Orange battled No. 5 UCLA, and Syracuse held a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning. A home run by Lisaria Daniels, and two runs driven in by Julie Wambold had the Orange primed for the biggest win in program history. However, a hit batter, wild pitch, and an error by Syracuse let UCLA score three runs in the sixth inning, and the Bruins tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh inning,to defeat the Orange, 6-3. Lisaira Daniels was the offensive star of the weekend, hitting 7-for-13, with three home runs.

NEXT WEEK: Syracuse (5-5, 0-0) competes in the Citrus Classic in Orlando: No. 19 Auburn and North Carolina on Friday, Virginia and No. 12 Michigan on Saturday, and No. 10 Baylor on Sunday.

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Basketball

THIS WEEK: The week began with a BANG, as the Orange traveled to Chicago, and throttled No. 21/20 DePaul, 81-65. Syracuse held a one-point advantage at the half, but put the game away with 23 unanswered points in a 7:57 span during the second half. Carmen Tyson-Thomas had a monster game with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Rachel Coffey had a career high 22 points, and Kayla Alexander poured in 17 for Syracuse.

Unfortunately, the Orange could not keep the momentum going on Saturday, then they hosted No. 15/14 Georgetown on Senior Day. Syracuse held the lead at the half, and the game stayed close throughout the second half. An Iasia Hemingway jumper with 1:02 remaining gave the home team a 62-60 lead, but the Hoyas scored the final five points of the game, and went back to Washington with a 65-62 victory. In her final home game, Iasia Hemingway lead the Orange with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

NEXT WEEK: Syracuse (17-12, 6-9) concludes the regular season on Monday at Villanova. The Big East tournament begins Friday in Hartford.

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Tennis

THIS WEEK: The Orange saw their 27-match home winning streak snapped on Friday, when No. 59 William and Mary (2-6) visited Drumlins and walked away with a 5-2 victory. Emily Harman lost her first match of the season, in straight sets. The last home loss for Syracuse was on February 22, 2009 to Iowa State. On Sunday, the Orange began a new home winning streak, defeating No. 25 Yale (7-2) in dramatic fashion, 4-3. With the match tied 3-3, everything was riding on sixth singles, and sophomore Aleah Marrow won the third set tiebreak by a score of 7-2, to seal the victory for Syracuse. The recap on suathletics.com called this win "the biggest win in program history."

NEXT WEEK: A weekend of Big East road matches as Syracuse (8-4, 3-1) travels to West Virginia on Saturday, and Pitt on Sunday.

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Ice Hockey

LAST WEEK: Syracuse closed out the regular season with a pair of road games against College Hockey America foe Niagara. On Friday, Niagara scored a power-play goal in overtime, to down the Orange 3-2. Holly Carrie-Mattimoe score her team leading 14th goal of the season, and Margot Scharfe scored a shorthanded goal for Syracuse.

Saturday's game also ended with a power-play goal in overtime, except this time it was Syracuse coming away with a win, by a score of 2-1. Margot Scharfe scored the winning goal, which was her 14th of the season, putting her in a tie for the team lead. Jenesica Drinkwater made 24 saves for the Orange.

NEXT WEEK: Syracuse (10-21-3, 1-8-3) is the No. 4 seed in the CHA tournament, and will play No. 1 seed (and No. 5 ranked) Mercyhurst on Friday. Mercyhurst, the nine-time conference champion, has defeated SU in the previous two CHA championship games.

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