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No. 7 Syracuse WLAX Secures Sixth Seed in ACC Tournament, #OrangeEagle Showdown Looms

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With the Orange's victory over Louisville last week, and the result of this weekend's games, Syracuse secured the sixth seed in the conference tournament which begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

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Unlike the previous three years, Syracuse Orange women's lacrosse (11-6, 3-4 ACC) has had a very up-and-down season this time around. They've also complied their first losing record in conference play since 2006, this their second year in the ACC.

They started this campaign off strong with five straight wins, four of them against non-conference opponents. Their first victory of the season over a ranked team came in a one-point decision over No. 8 University of Virginia. On February 28th, Boston College handed the Orange their first loss in another one-goal game. They then faced the number one team in the country in Maryland in College Park and tallied their second loss.

The team then rattled off three wins in-a-row against the likes of No. 5 Florida, Harvard, and in-state rival Cornell. The Florida game was a double-overtime battle. Harvard put up a fight, but Syracuse held on for the one-point victory. The Cornell game was much more relaxed, a comfortable six-point victory for the Orange. They then traveled to No. 7 Northwestern and No. 6 Duke, resulting in two more one-point losses.

A much-needed true blowout win came when Syracuse faced Virginia Tech in the Dome before the football Spring Scrimmage, in which the team scored 22 goals and allowed only eight.

In the final four games of the season, before the ACC Tournament, the Orange went 2-2. Their two losses came at the mercy of No. 13 Notre Dame, in overtime, and No. 2 UNC. On the other side, the team solidified their sixth seed with their victory over No. 14 Louisville this past week.

Senior Day against Albany was a two-point win, the team now with momentum going into Thursday's tournament game against No. 3 seed Boston College.

Key Players This Season

It has been a true team effort this season, with nine players in double-digit goal totals, and three more with the potential to join them. The two who have led the way are junior attacker Kayla Treanor with 45 and junior Maryland transfer midfielder Halle Majorana with 38. Both of these ladies also have the highest assists totals with 28 for Majorana and 20 for Treanor. In many instances, they have been able to put the team on their back for a game, carrying Syracuse to victory. Four members of the double-digit "club" have just under 20 goals a-piece, including Riley Donahue (19), Taylor Gait (19), Erica Bodt (18), and Kailah Kempney (18).

Kempney has been pretty consistent on the draw control for the Orange, with 142 so far. Kaeli O'Connor has come into her own, particularly as of late, with 45 draw controls of her own. The next highest total is Kelly Cross with 12.

On defense, Syracuse has been solid in several categories. The team has amassed 294 ground balls, 41 of them controlled by senior goaltender Kelsey Richardson. Senior Mallory Vehar has contributed 28 of her own, while Treanor has the next highest with 25. Vehar has also caused 20 turnovers, the highest total by six.

Richardson has held her own in goal for the Orange this season with 125 saves on 175 goals allowed, a respectable .417 save percentage. Freshman Melina Woon Avery has had four saves on four goals allowed in her 10:56 total minutes played over three games this season.

Up Next: #OrangeEagle Rematch

In their quarterfinal game, Syracuse faces No. 4 Boston College at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. The last time around, the Eagles came away with a one-point victory, as Syracuse failed to score again from 16:20 until there were 44 seconds left on the clock. It's an opportunity for both teams to add to their Orange Eagle Trophy point totals, making it more than just a conference tournament game.

Since they last saw each other, BC has only lost two games while amassing 10 more wins. The Orange will have their work cut out for them, figuring out how to stop the Eagles from pulling away late and holding top goal scorers Mikaela Rix (40), Sarah Mannelly (38), Covie Stanwick (35), and Caroline Margolis (32) at bay.

As always, G'Orange!