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Syracuse Women's Lacrosse: Orange Take Down Great Danes 8-7

In a homecoming for a handful of the players, Syracuse holds on to beat Albany on the road.

The Syracuse Orange women's lacrosse team drove two hours east to take on unranked SUNY Albany. It was a game of runs but the Orange were able to ride out of Albany with an 8-7 win.

It may have been a road game for No. 4 Syracuse, but for some players it's home for them. Three Syracuse players hail from the capital region, most notably Kayla Treanor.

Treanor played at Niskayuna High School, just 20 minutes away from the UAlbany campus. But her trip home was rather quiet.

She had only one goal, but aided her team with 11 draw controls. Syracuse beat Albany in total draws 14-3. But they couldn't turn those possessions into tallies on the scoreboard.

Their eight goals today ties their season low (scored eight in loss to BC). But it was freshman Nicole Levy that was able to find the back of net. She recorded a hat trick on four shots.

Levy has evolved into one of the most important parts in this offense. She has great lacrosse IQ. She can find the open player, make the extra pass, or finish it. Add to that a powerful sidearm shot that whizzes past goalies and Levy has become a serious offensive threat.

Levy is fitting right in with this Syracuse offense and is a bright light into the future. With seniors like Treanor and Majorana leaving, the young freshman will have to step up. And she is showing incredible potential already at such a young stage in her development.

Syracuse needs to be more effective possession to possession if they want to have a chance against their next opponent. They take on No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday April 16th at home.

Treanor will have to get more involved if they want to contest. Eight goals is not nearly enough to take down a solid Tar Heels team. But, with three days rest the Orange should be ready to go for this ACC matchup.

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