Exactly how good is Kayla Treanor at lacrosse? Well, so good that, even after her career had ended on Friday night in a 19-9 blowout to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals, she was still re-writing the record books for the Syracuse Orange and the NCAA.
Treanor and the Orange had just been blown out of Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn., the site of the women's lacrosse Final Four. During the contest, Treanor had originally been credited with 10 draw controls for the game, which would have given her 216 for the season and tied an NCAA Division I record.
However, after video review, Treanor was credited with one more draw control, giving her 11 for the game, 217 for the season, and the NCAA single-season record.
Amazingly, the senior only took over on draws at the start of this season, so to produce record-breaking numbers against top-level competition right away is a testament to her overall talent and athletic ability. As she told Syracuse.com:
"I feel very fortunate to have played on such a talented team, so I think that let me be able to get that record," Treanor said. "I played with some awesome teammates. They know how to make you look good, so it's a lot of credit to them. And then my coach (Gary Gait) for putting me in the position I am and letting me take some draws."
Although Treanor scored just once Friday in her final collegiate game, she finished her career with 260 goals. That's first in SU history and sixth in Division I history. Her points total of 393 is second in school history in and fourth in DI all-time.
Gait was more than willing to heap praise on the senior:
"Kayla Treanor is amazing. She's the greatest Syracuse lacrosse player ever," Gait said. "For a single player to make that much of a difference is amazing. I don't think there's any other player in the country that you could ask to do something like taking the draw, that's never really taken it since high school, and have them go out and just master it and be setting records."
While Treanor gave credit to Gait's coaching style as an assist to her own play, the coach was quick to deflect right back to her:
"(Treanor) plays with flair. She plays with style. She does those things, she makes plays that have never been seen before. I know she's got a tremendous following of young girls that probably love the game because they've seen her play, they've seen the way she plays. It makes you want to pick up a stick and twirl it and throw it behind the back, do something that makes you fall in love with the game. That's the type of person she is, and that's the type of legacy she leaves at Syracuse. There's plenty of upstate girls that have talked about wanting to be Kayla Treanor."
Despite failing to win a championship during her illustrious career, Treanor has left a lasting impact on the Syracuse program, DI lacrosse and the game as a whole. We wish her the best of luck in the future and thank her for all of her contributions to the Orange over the years.