All but two of the Syracuse Orange's conference games this season have been decided by one goal. After a blowout loss to No. 2 UNC, Syracuse needed to right the ship before the conference tournament begins later this week. They did exactly that, only allowing four goals each half by the No. 14 Cardinals in a blowout victory on Thursday in Louisville, KY.
Halle Majorana started the scoring off for Syracuse in the first minute of the game. It was the start of a 4-1 run, that Louisville would tie up with 7:55 to go in the half. The three goals in-a-row that the Orange then scored would put them ahead for good.
Syracuse carried that momentum into the second half, scoring four straight goals before the Cardinals put one past Kelsey Richardson with 23:03 to go in the game. The Orange finished it out with a 5-3 run from the ninth minute onward.
Final Score: Syracuse 16, Louisville 8
Kayla Treanor found her stride again during this game, scoring five goals, three of them coming in the second half. She also had two assists on the day. Four players had two goals each, Majorana, Kailah Kempney, Taylor Gait, and Loren Ziegler, with Treanor amounting to 13 of the team's 16 total goals. Kempney and Kaelie O'Connor had 15 of the team's draw controls. In goal, Richardson had 11 saves on eight goals and three ground balls.
While Syracuse had five main goal scorers, Louisville had three. Courtnee Daley had the most for the Cardinals with three on the day. She was followed by Kelli Gerding and Hannah Koloski with two a piece. The team had only eight total draw controls, Kaylin Morissette having the most with five. Ashley Peacock spent the majority of the time between the pipes for Louisville (40:24) and had 10 saves on 13 goals. Brittany Read spent the remaining 19:36 in goal and had eight saves on three goals.
The Orange wraps up their pre-ACC Tournament schedule tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Dome against Albany.
Also, we will know the seeds for the tournament by the end of the weekend.
As always, G'Orange!