The Orange came out of the gate flying, scoring three straight goals to start things off from Kailah Kempney, Erica Bodt, and Halle Majorana. Things seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, until UNC scored their first goal. The Tar Heels found open space two more times after that, tying the game at three. Both Kelsey Richardson and Caylee Waters were solid in goal for their respective sides, as no one was able to score for the final 11:05 of the half.
Majorana ended the scoring drought in the third minute of the second half. Two minutes later, Taylor Poplawski put Syracuse back up by two goals, but it didn't take long for Maggie Bill and Carly Reed to tie it back up. The Orange went up by three off of goals by Riley Donahue, Kayla Treanor, and Majorana, which seemed to be a comfortable lead, for all of two minutes. The Heels scored two quick goals to bring their team back to within one with 4:50 to go. It would only be a matter of time before UNC would tie the game again. Richardson came up clutch in the very last seconds of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
The first overtime period was offensively uneventful, but some great defensive plays and saves in goal kept both teams at bay, leading to double overtime. This would be the second game of the tournament that went to 2OT for Syracuse.
The men had just clinched their first ACC Championship during the break between overtime periods. The possibility of a sweep was very real.
After Syracuse won the draw, they got to work, making their way around the net. As soon as the ball was passed to Treanor, you knew she was going to do something special. She went around the other side of the net from where she had scored less than 72 hours ago, created just enough space to maneuver around her defender, and BOOM! the game-winner was in net. The bench rushed the field, joining the rest of the team as the newly-crowned ACC Champions.
T'was a glorious day to be Orange.
On a day when there wasn't that much offensive action, Halle Majorana ended up with a hat-trick that paced the Orange. Kayla Treanor had two goals on the day, the most important being the game-winner in 2OT. The rest of the scoring came from Erica Bodt, Kailah Kempney, Riley Donahue, and Taylor Poplawski. Kempney had another solid day on the draw, winning nine of the team's 15 total draw controls. In goal, Kelsey Richardson came up huge when it mattered most, saving two potential game-winners. Richardson's final line was
For the Tar Heels, Marie McCool and Aly Messenger led the way with two goals each. Lindsey Scott's shot sent the game into overtime in the first place. The other three that got into the scoring column were Maggie Bill, Kelly Devlin, and Carly Reed. Caylee Waters also had a great day in net, Treanor just caught her at the wrong time. Waters ended with 11 saves on nine goals for the day.
The ACC Championship win bumped the Orange up four spots in the Inside Women's Lacrosse poll this week to the number three slot, their highest since the third week of the season (Feb. 23-29).
Syracuse was slated to head down to Maryland to face No. 16 Loyola on Saturday but due to recent events in Baltimore, the game has been moved to the SU Soccer Stadium. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST, and will honor the Greyhound's seniors for their contribution to the team, as this was supposed to be their Senior Day.
The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Selection Show will be broadcast on NCAA.com at 9:00 p.m. EST this Sunday, just in case you want to know what seed the Orange will be in real-time.