This past Saturday, the Syracuse Orange faced Maryland for the 17th time in program history. They went in there looking to right the ship, as they had lost all but one game to the Terps in their previous meetings.
The game began being a back-and-forth contest, the Orange staying within 1-2 goals until there was 4:10 left until the half. Maryland began a three-goal run from then until the buzzer. Syracuse began a three-goal run of their own at the beginning of the second half, all three of them scored by Kayla Treanor, to pull the team back to within one. Taylor Cummings sealed the victory with three more goals to add to her total. Seven fouls called against the Orange in the last 10+ minutes, and four in the last 4:10, also didn't help the comeback attempt, either.
For Syracuse, it was all about Treanor with two goals by former Terp Halle Majorana and one for Erica Bodt. Between the pipes, Kelsey Richardson had a nice outing of her own, stopping 16 attempts by Maryland. Kailah Kempney was held to three draw controls, a very unusual stat for her, as she is usually a stalwart at the position. The team had some other opportunities to score, but just couldn't capitalize.
Credit to the Maryland defense for holding the Orange scoreless for the final 23 minutes of play. Cummings did her part on offense, scoring six of the Terps' 10 goals. Erin Collins scored two, while Megan Whittle and Kristen Lamon each scored one a-piece. The team truly showed why they are No. 1 in the country.
Final Score: Syracuse 7, Maryland 10
Syracuse faces their fourth-straight Top-10 opponent, and second on the road, when they meet up with the No. 5 Florida Tuesday, March 10th. The Gators have won six in-a-row after starting off the season with an 11-17 loss to No. 2 UNC. Shannon Gilroy leads the way with 24 goals and 21 draw controls. In goal, Mary-Sean Wilcox has a .452 save percentage, saving 38 and allowing 46 on the season so far.
Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. EST and it will be broadcast on the SEC Network.