No. 19 Syracuse Comes Back to Edge Louisville

Syracuse goes for its fourth consecutive win at home when it hosts Cincinnati at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Admission is free of charge. Seven members of the Orange's senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony. In addition, the athletics department's 'Cuse Cares Community Outreach program will host a carnival in the lower concourse to benefit the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. Ahead by three goals, the largest advantage either team had until late in the second period, University of Louisville had victory in sight. However, No. 19-ranked Syracuse rallied with four-straight goals in the last six minutes to take an 11-10 victory Thursday evening at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Entering the second period, Louisville and Syracuse were knotted at five apiece. Despite a score by the Orange's Sarah Holden less than two minutes into the half, the Cardinals responded with five of the next six goals, including three straight in a six-minute span.

Lianne Bobal tied the game at six apiece on a free-position shot, and Liz Lovejoy rattled off a pair of goals one via free position and the other courtesy of an assist by Emily Dashiell to put Louisville (10-5, 3-3 Big East) ahead, 8-6. In between Lovejoy's two scores, Bergan Foley was given her second yellow of the card of the game, forcing the team's leading goal scorer to miss the final 24:47.

Syracuse's Lindsey Connell brought the deficit to one at the 18:57 mark, but Lovejoy continued to have little trouble finding the back of the net, tallying the next two scores in the game to put Louisville ahead, 10-7. However, it was the Cardinals' final tally, and the Louisville defense had trouble containing Syracuse's offense.

Tee Ladouceur sparked the 4-0 run that closed the game for Syracuse, registering her second goal of the contest at the 6:09 mark. A pair of scores by Holden tied the game at 10 apiece, and Ladouceur struck again for the third and final time with 49 seconds remaining to give Syracuse the 11-10 victory.

The first period had a similar theme, with the Cardinals striking early and often. Dashiell opened the scoring for Louisville at the 21:54 mark after a set up by Foley. Just two minutes later, Foley found the back of the net for her lone score of the game, and Dashiell capped the spurt on an unassisted goal to put Louisville up, 3-1.

After a Kirkland Locey goal for the Orange, Colleen O'Malley and Lovejoy netted scores, putting the Cardinals at a 5-2 advantage. Syracuse, though, closed the first period on 3-0 run, with the final goal coming at the 4:40 mark to tie the game at five apiece.

The Cardinals finished with an advantage in shots (25-18) and ground balls (16-10), while Syracuse won the draw control (13-10) battle. Both teams finished with three free-position goals and 11 turnovers.

Louisville plays its final regular-season road game on Saturday, April 23, in Storrs, Conn., at Connecticut. First draw at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex is at noon.

Notes

Liz Lovejoy set a career high with her 11th assist this season. Previously, Lovejoy dished out 10 assists in 2008. The senior's six points were a team high against the Orange. Currently, Lovejoy owns the team lead with 61 points on the season, two ahead of Bergan Foley.

In the last three games, Lovejoy has earned 16 points, tallying four goals and an assist against Rutgers, recording four goals and an assist against Villanova and totaling five goals and an assist at Syracuse.

Emily Dashiell extended her point-scoring streak to 41 games and her goal-scoring streak to 33 games.

The Cardinals recorded 16 ground balls to the Orange's 10, marking the 12th time this season the Cardinals have recorded more ground balls than their opponents. Individually, Katie Oliverio led the Cardinals with four ground balls, while Sammy Allen added three. Allen needs just two more ground balls to become the second Cardinal in program history to record 100 ground balls.

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