It didn't take long for Kayla Treanor to score the first goal of the game, putting her team up 1-0 50 seconds in. Catherine Dickinson answered for Penn a minute and 25 seconds later. Syracuse scored another time before the Quakers went on a three-goal run in a span of two minutes of play. Taylor Gait and Kailah Kempney then tied the game at four a-piece with 17:37 to go in the first half. Penn's Tory Bensen put the team back up by one, before the Orange finished out the half on a 4-1 run.
At the start of the second half, Taylor Gait got things going 61 seconds after the opening whistle. Shannon Mangini cut Syracuse's lead back down to two 55 seconds later. Treanor and Riley Donahue extended the lead to four goals, not even four minutes into the half. Dickinson scored her second of the game, and 26th of the season, to bring Penn within three again, before Gait scored her second on the day for the Orange a minute and 35 seconds later. Bensen would cut Syracuse's lead back down to two, the closest it had been since the end of the first half, with 11:08 to go. Neither team could find the back of the net for the next seven and a half minutes. That is, until Treanor scored her fourth of the game with 3:32 to go. The Orange held on for the victory, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament next Saturday.
It was good to see the ladies regroup and rebound after a tough loss to Loyola last weekend.
Kayla Treanor had four goals on the day, her 16th multi-goal game of the season, and contributed two assists. Midfielder Taylor Gait added three goals of her own, followed by fellow midfielder Halle Majorana with two. In goal, Kelsey Richardson had seven saves on 10 goals and two ground balls.
For the Quakers, attackerTory Bensen led the way, equalling Treanor's total, with four goals. Catherine Dickenson, fellow attacker, and Shannon Mangini each had three on the day. Lucy Ferguson had six saves on 13 goals between the pipes for Penn.
After squashing any chance of an Orange-Eagle rematch, Loyola (MD) will play Syracuse for the second time in three weeks this coming Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EST, this time in the Carrier Dome. The Greyhounds are on a 16-game winning streak coming into the game, so the Orange will be on their toes the entire game.