The Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team is having an amazing 2021.
They’re 11-1 with six wins over top-10 teams, and a lone loss against the undefeated, No. 1 team in the country (North Carolina).
Their two stars, Meaghan Tyrrell and Megan Carney, are having incredible seasons and are currently on pace to join some of the greatest individual seasons in program history.
But on Wednesday, Syracuse got news that might make 2022 just as amazing, or possibly even better.
Emily Hawryschuk, the team star who tore her ACL one game into this season, announced on her Twitter and Instagram that she plans to return to the field in 2022 for her sixth year with the Orange.
April 21, 2021
This is obviously phenomenal news for coach Gary Gait and the Orange, who will get one final year from their best player and emotional leader.
And, picture this: next year’s attack line projects as Emily Hawryschuk, Meaghan Tyrrell, Megan Carney, and Emma Ward. I mean, are you kidding? That’s basically an unstoppable quartet. That’ll be the most talented, experienced attack group in the country, by far. That’s going to be fun to watch.
In addition to chasing the program’s first national championship (although hopefully the second if they win this year), Emily will be chasing down her spot in the SU record books. Specifically, where will she slot into the all-time points and goals lists?
Emily has 197 goals and 238 points in her career, currently sitting at 7th on the all-time points list and 6th on the goals list.
She has a very real chance to reach 4th place on the all-time points list. She’s 40 points behind Michelle Tumolo (‘10-’13), whose currently in 4th, so that should be doable. 3rd place is Christina Dove’s (‘07-’10) 338 points, 97 ahead of Emily. That’s not totally out of the question, but it would take her best statistical season yet on a loaded offense.
On the goals list, she’s in 6th with 197, exactly 63 goals behind program leader Kayla Treanor’s 260. So, becoming the program’s all-time goals leader is within reach for Emily, although it’s far from a guarantee.
Regardless of records and lists, Wednesday was a great news today for the women’s lacrosse program with Emily’s announcement.
Congrats to Emily, and we can’t wait to see her back on the field next season!
Meaghan Tyrrell earns ACC Honor
Syracuse’s leading point scorer picked up a big honor on Tuesday, as she was named ACC Offensive player of the week for her excellent performances in three SU games against Albany and Louisville.
Congratulations @MeaghannTyrrell!— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 20, 2021
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Tyrrell had an absolutely incredible week, scoring a total of 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists among the three games for an average of 7.3 points per game.
Tyrrell’s five goals and two assists against Albany was somehow just an appetizer as she went on to set career highs in goals (7) and points (10) in the first game against Louisville on Friday. She then toned it all the way down to five assists for finish off her week. Just ridiculous.
Tyrrell (along with Carney) is having an amazing season stepping up in Hawryschuk’s absence. Her six points per game currently leads the ACC and is the third best mark in the country.
Syracuse has a huge weekend coming up to close out the regular season as they host No. 4 Boston College Eagles for a two-game series with massive postseason implications.
The two teams have identical 11-1, 7-1 records and are playing for second place in the ACC tournament behind North Carolina. Much more important than that, however, is the NCAA tournament implications that these games will have.
Right now, North Carolina is the clear No. 1 seed. Northwestern is also undefeated, having played a significantly inferior schedule, but are still factoring into those top seeds. Right now, Syracuse and BC round out the top four seeds, but avoiding that No. 4 seed is critical for SU. Since UNC is a virtual lock for the one seed, the Orange definitely want to stay out of the four so that they can avoid the Tar Heels as long as possible in the tournament. Since Northwestern is likely to keep rolling, it looks like one of SU and BC will be the team to drop to that four seed. These games plus the ACC tournament will be the ultimate determiners of where SU ends up, so despite an 11-1 season so far, there is still much work to be done for optimal tournament placing.
Anyway, make sure to tune to ESPN U at 6 PM tonight for the first SU-BC game, and...
Let’s Go Orange!!!