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Syracuse Women's Lacrosse: No. 4 Orange Take Down No. 20 Cornell 9-7

In their final away game of the regular season, Syracuse outlasts a late push by Cornell to secure a win.

Nick Petraccione (2016)

The Syracuse women's lacrosse team traveled to nearby Ithaca to take on Central New York rival No. 20 Cornell. In their last away game before the ACC tournamentthe Orange took care of the Big Red 9-7.

Syracuse has been solid on the road all season. They are 6-1 in away games, excluding the suspended game against Canisius on April 3rd due to snow.

It's a great bounce back win for 'Cuse who just suffered a loss to No. 3 North Carolina, in a game some say the Orange should have won.

But this Cornell team is not to be taken lightly, their only other losses before this game were to No. 1 Maryland and No. 11 Princeton. A ranked win is something to get the Orange back on track before they meet No. 7 Louisville for their final contest of the regular season.

Syracuse never trailed in the game and a big reason was their defense. The Orange had six caused turnovers and in total the Big Red turned the ball over 17 times. Goalie Allie Murray recorded five saves, and Cornell was 1-5 on free positions.

As for offense, Syracuse is never short of production. Six different players scored for SU. Kayla Treanor led the way with two goals and one assist.

There are some spots the Orange need to clean up before playing the Cardinals. Shot selection is something Syracuse really struggled with in the first half. The had 16 shots and 13 of those were on net. Of those 13 shots on goal, only five went in. Thanks to the defense the Orange held Cornell to only two first half goals, but teams like Louisville won't be forgiving.

SU buckled down and were better with their shooting in the second half, but consistently picking good shots will prove to be big factors in the game. Each possession counts when playing top-10 teams so the Orange need the highest percentage shot possible in order to capitalize on all their opportunities.

Syracuse will play it's final regular season game Saturday April 23rd against No. 7 Louisville in the Carrier Dome at 12pm.

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