2012 Olympics: Syracuse Alum Shannon Taylor Leads US Field Hockey To Victory

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: The United States women's field hockey team practice during a training session ahead of the London Olympic Games at at Riverbank Arena on July 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

If you want the east rooting experience for Syracuse Orange in the 2012 Olympics, root for Carmelo Anthony and Jim Boeheim to win the gold in men's basketball. If you want to root for a Syracuse Orange in a sport whose outcome is unknown, root for Shannon Taylor and the women's field hockey team.

Taylor gave you something to root about yesterday when she clinched the United States' 1-0 victory over Argentina, the No. 2 ranked team in the world, with the game-winning goal.

It was a massive win for Taylor and Team USA (1-1) as they move into a tie for second place in Group B with three points. The U.S., ranked No. 10 in the world, returns to action on Thursday at 5:45 a.m. ET against Australia, the No. 7 ranked team.

The Americans are still in a fight for their Olympic lives as they're now tied with Argentina, Australia and Germany in Group B at 1-1. New Zealand leads the group with six points (2-0). Up next is Australia on Thursday in what could be a make-or-break result for the squad.

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