No. 6 Syracuse Runs by Rutgers to Open Big East Play

SYRACUSE, N.Y. For the third consecutive season, the sixth-ranked Syracuse women's lacrosse team posted a victory in its BIG EAST opener, defeating Rutgers, 17-10, on Sunday, March, 28 in the Carrier Dome. The Orange netted 13 goals in the first half, which is its highest total in a half this season.

After Rutgers (6-3, 0-2) scored the game's first goal, senior Jackie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) found the back of the net off an assist from Halley Quillinan (Glenmont, N.Y.) to tie the score and spark Syracuse (5-3, 1-0) on a 4-0 scoring run. Senior Christina Dove (Bel Air, Md.) had two goals and an assist and junior Tee Ladouceur (Slingerlands, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist during the run as SU built a 4-1 advantage.

Leading 8-4, the Orange netted four consecutive goals by four different players and led 12-4 with 55 seconds remaining in the half. Rutgers halted the run with Marlena Welsh's goal with 20 seconds left on the clock, but sophomore Sarah Holden (Syracuse, N.Y.) registered her first goal of the game on an assist from freshman Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hills, N.J.) with three seconds remaining to give the Orange a 13-5 halftime advantage.

The squads traded goals to start the second half before freshman Tegan Brown (Perth, Australia) and Tumolo found the back of the net to give Syracuse its largest lead of the day, 16-6, with 24:36 left on the clock. The Scarlet Knights scored four of the game's final five goals, but it wasn't enough as the Orange posted a 17-10 victory.

"My goal, from day one, was to create an offense where you could attack from behind, up top, left, right and really create some balance," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "And so far, they've done a pretty good job. We certainly have a couple players dominating, but everybody does their part and everybody gets opportunities. Hopefully we'll all continue to improve and even get better on the offense end."

Dove finished the game with four goals and a team-best four assists for a game-high eight points, while Ladouceur recorded five goals to go along with an assist. Quillinan had two goals and two assists and set a career high with five caused turnovers. DePetris added two goals, and Tumolo recorded two goals and an assist. Brooke Cantwell led Rutgers with four goals.

The Orange outshot Rutgers, 36-26, and won 16 of 29 draw controls. Syracuse picked up 12 ground balls to four for Rutgers. Syracuse goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made 13 saves, marking the third time this season she has reached double figures in saves in a game. Lily Kalata recorded 12 saves for Rutgers

Syracuse goes on the road for three consecutive games, starting Saturday, April 3 at Boston University at 1:00 p.m.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 28, 2010) The Rutgers women's lacrosse team (6-3, 0-2 BIG EAST), led by senior attacker Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) and junior midfielder Marlena Welsh (Jarrettsville, Md.), closed out its four-game road trip against Syracuse (5-3, 1-0 BIG EAST). Cantwell had a team-high four goals, while Welsh chipped in three tallies in the 17-10 loss to the Orange on Sunday, March 28, at the Carrier Dome.

Despite out-scoring Syracuse in the second half, the Scarlet Knights were unable to overcome an eight-goal halftime deficit at the Orange earned the victory.

Welsh scored the game's first goal on a free position shot at the 27:22 mark, however, Syracuse went on to post five-straight goals for a 5-1 advantage. Junior attacker Kristen Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) scored unassisted to cut into the lead at 5-2.

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