This was what you call a “get-right” game.
Before returning to Central New York following their shellacking at the hands of No. 1 North Carolina over the weekend, the Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team (7-1, 4-1) stopped over in Washington DC on Tuesday to take out their frustrations on the Georgetown Hoyas, 15-10, in a game that wasn’t remotely that close.
The ladies came out with a vengeance, scoring early, often, and with authority against the completely overmatched Hoyas.
They started the game on a blistering 10-0 run in just 13 minutes, meaning the running-clock started less than a quarter into the game. That’s gotta be at least close to the record for fastest running-clock.
The offensive explosion was led on the day by Meaghan Tyrrell’s (4G, 3A) career-high-tying seven points and Megan Carney’s (3G, 3A) six. Emma Ward (1G, 2A) chipped in three, and a quad of players had two point days to round out the offense. Among that group was graduate student Emily Ehle (2A) and true freshman Jenny Markey (2G). Ehle was making her return to the school where she spent her undergraduate career, while Markey scored the first two goals of her career.
Ehle ➡️ Markey— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 6, 2021
Markey | 2 goals
Ehle | 2 assists pic.twitter.com/O8ZykrW0R3
As a unit, the offense got back to being themselves on the day, shooting a torrid 15-of-28 (53.6 percent) and assisting on 11-of-15 goals (73.3 percent). It was great to see the offense sharing the ball this efficiently in their patented weave, because that is when they’re at their most dangerous.
Defensively, the team had a strong day while the starters were in the game. Goalie Asa Goldstock made four saves while only allowing three goals in 41 minutes of action, and the defense caused 12 of the 18 Georgetown turnovers.
Meg to Meg— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 6, 2021
Tyrell's 3rd today & 27th goal of the season pic.twitter.com/9Npk9qGsCJ
Eight different players scored goals during the opening run, which started just 26 seconds into the game on a feed from Carney to Tyrrell. The scoring pace didn’t let up from there as SU scored their first eight goals in under 10 minutes.
Georgetown didn’t get on the board until 19 minutes into the first half, and by then the game was essentially already out of reach. From there, the Orange scored three of the final four goals to take a 13-2 lead into halftime.
In the second frame, the Orange scored two of the first three goals to get up 15-3 at the 18:29 mark. After that, Gary Gait took everybody out, allowing the Hoyas to score the final seven goals of the game to arrive at the very-misleading 15-10 final line.
Meg Carney gets— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 6, 2021
Cockerille finds Carney pic.twitter.com/udgAzngC4Z
There’s really not much to take away from this one other than the fact that it was good for the team to have a lot of positive things happen after everything went wrong on Saturday against North Carolina.
Georgetown (3-6) is by far the worst team Syracuse has played this season. For a team that’s played six Top-10 teams in eight games, this was a stroll through the park on a beautiful spring afternoon in the nation’s capital.
There’s really nothing to learn from any of the gaudy stats put up in the game, and that’s okay, because the most important thing was for the team to get the good vibes rolling and have positive momentum heading into this weekend.
The ladies will be back at home this Saturday, April 10 for an exciting ACC clash with No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers. The game is at 11 AM and will be televised on ACC Network.
This will be the first game in any sport in the Dome that will be attended by members of the general public since the start of the pandemic last March. Let’s Go!!!