Syracuse Orange women's lacrosse failed to advance to the NCAA title game as they lost to top-seeded Maryland 19-9 Friday. This marks the fourth-straight year that the Terrapins have ended Syracuse's season.
This one stings more than the others because it was a flat-out domination. Maryland stormed out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. Syracuse just didn't have an answer and they went into halftime down 10-2.
The Orange looked out of place in this game. While Maryland oozed confidence, Syracuse looked dazed and discouraged. When Maryland came out to that fast start, you could really sense this one was over. Syracuse looked defeated before there was even 10 minutes left in the first half.
Maryland is the best team in the country and tonight they had one of their best games of the season. Syracuse is the fourth ranked team in the nation and UMD made it look easy. It is not a simple feat to make the Syracuse look like a breeze, especially with the talent loaded on this roster. But Maryland did just that.
Syracuse just didn't look like themselves.
Allie Murray allowed 13 goals and didn't record a single save before being pulled from the game, SU only recorded 20 total shots, and the committed 57 fouls (!!!) to Maryland's 15.
The fouls alone tell a lot of the story. Not only does it signal sloppy play, but it shows a team that was frustrated and played like they had just had enough.
Syracuse didn't play to their full potential and they certainly didn't execute the game plan or came in with the wrong one.
In my ten keys to the game article, 'Cuse didn't execute a single one.
For any Syracuse fan, this game was tough to watch. This definitely was one of the strongest rosters this program has had in years. Now next year they will be without players like Kayla Treanor, Erica Bodt, Halle Majorana, Kelly Cross, Brenna Rainone, the list goes on.
But even in the face of defeat there is a lot to be said about this team. They fought all season and especially in the NCAA tournament and made it to the Final Four. Sure they still need to get over the hump and win a title one day, but this group won like a team and lost like a team.
Even though this isn't the way they wanted to go out, it was a great season that they all should be proud of.