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WLAX: No. 7 Orange Fall to No. 6 Duke in Fourth Loss of the Season

Syracuse faced a tough Duke squad in Durham, North Carolina and came up on the short end of another one-goal loss.

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In another Top-10 matchup, Syracuse (8-4, 1-2 ACC) stuck with the Blue Devils (10-1, 4-1 ACC), never being down more than two goals after the first half, but failed to score in the last nine minutes to surrender their third one-goal loss of the season. Kayla Treanor led the Orange with three goals, bringing her total for the season to 28, but it wouldn't be enough to propel her team to victory, unfortunately.

It was all Duke for the first 20+ minutes of the game. The team went on a 4-1 run to put Syracuse down three goals. But, the Orange then went on a 3-1 run to finish out the half, only down a goal. Already, four different players had scored for Syracuse, while Maddie Crutchfield had two for the Blue Devils.

Brigid Smith scored her second goal of the game for Duke to put her team up by two, but the Orange struck right back with two goals of their own to tie the game at six-all. It was a back-and-forth battle for the next four goals before the Blue Devils went up by two again. Taylor Gait scored about eight minutes later with what would end up being the final goal of the game.

Final Score: Syracuse 9, Duke 10

Key Players

In addition to her three goals, Treanor had two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls. Gait had two goals on the day for the Orange. Four other players scored to amount to the team's nine goals. In goal, Kelsey Richardson allowed 10 goals and saved three with two ground balls. Kailah Kempney was held to four draw controls, less than half of the 11 for the team.

Smith was the leading scorer for the Blue Devils, matching Treanor's three goals. Crutchfield and Katie Trees both had two. Kerrin Maurer had eight draw controls, all but two of the team total of 10. Between the pipes, Kelsey Duryea had nine saves and two ground balls, allowing nine goals.

Up Next...

This Saturday, before the football team's spring scrimmage, Syracuse will take on Virginia Tech (6-7, 0-4 ACC) at 10:00 a.m. EST in the Carrier Dome. The Hokies have lost four of their last six games, all of them in conference. The Orange shouldn't have too much trouble against them, but we shall see.