What was supposed to be the second-straight weekend of a doubleheader became a one game day. The game that Syracuse was slated to play got cancelled at the beginning of the day on Sunday, most likely because of the lovely wintery mix that was happening on and off all weekend. Neither the official Twitter accounts of Syracuse Athletics, the lacrosse team itself, nor Cuse.com disclosed the reason, so we can only assume.
Enough speculation, let's move on to the main event!
The Syracuse Orange got on the board first with a goal from Kailah Kempney on an assist from Kayla Treanor. The Griffs would answer right back about a minute of gameplay later to knot the score at one. This would be the closest the game would ever be again, as Treanor scored two goals of her own, unassisted. Riley Donahue and Taylor Gait would add to the lead with two more goals, bringing the score to 5-1.
Canisius would score three-straight goals to cut the lead back down to one, before the likes of Kempney, Kelly Cross, and Donahue would each score one for Syracuse. Including those three goals, the Orange would go on a 6-1 run leading into the half, with goals by Treanor and Halle Majorana.
That run would be extended to 9-1 at the start of the second half, thanks to goals by Donahue, Kempney, and Treanor. After another Canisius goal, the Orange would go on a 5-1 run to end the game. Gait, Cross, Gabby Jaquith, Loren Ziegler, and Erin Fransis provided the goals for Syracuse.
With the victory, the Orange improves to 3-0 on the season.
Final Score: Syracuse 19, Canisius 7
Donahue had a great day offensively with three goals and one assist. Teammate Treanor had four goals for the Orange, one assist, one ground ball, and two caused turnovers. Kempney scored three goals and added eight draw controls to her resumé. Majorana and Gait each finished with two goals a-piece and each had two ground balls.
In goal, Kelsey Richardson played all but about six-and-a-half minutes. She allowed six goals while saving eleven. Freshman Melina Woon Avery was between the posts for those final minutes, allowing one goal and saving another.
The Orange welcomes No. 5 Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC)to the Dome next Monday, February 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. for their first ACC matchup of the season.