No. 18 Syracuse Nets First 7, Runs by Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa. The No. 18 Syracuse Orange scored the game's first seven goals and went on to post a 20-6 victory over Villanova in a Big East contest played here at Villanova Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Villanova completes the regular season with a 5-11 overall record, 1-7 in the Big East while Syracuse is now 10-7 overall, 7-1 in the Big East.

Seven Villanova seniors Amy Jackson, Maggie Langan, Rachel Lasda, Carly Miller, Mia Naccarato, Jaqueline Peloquin and Amy Wisniewski were honored in pre-game ceremonies for their contributions to the program.

Miller paced VU in scoring with a pair of goals and an assist. Freshman Meredith Mangiarotti also scored two goals for the 'Cats.

The Orange was led by Tee Ladoceur who tallied three goals and five assists on the day. Sarah Holden added three goals and an assist.

Liz Hogan was outstanding in goal for the Orange, recording 10 saves in just over 39 minutes of action while allowing only one score.

Syracuse scored exactly one minute into the contest when Holden found Ladouceur with a pass to make it 1-0. Holden then scored consecutive goals just 1:01 apart. Alyssa Murray made it 4-0 with 23:01 left in the first half before Kirkland Locey extended the Orange lead to five with 20:30 to play in the period.

The Orange scored twice more before Miller got the Wildcats on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 10:04. But Syracuse reeled off the next six goals, including the last one with two seconds to play before intermission, to make it 13-1 at the break.

The lead was 17-1 after Lauren Welch scored for SU with 14:08 to play in the second half. Freshman Caroline Guidera scored for VU with 11:35 left before SU scored three more to get to 20 for the day. Mangiarotti scored twice for the Wildcats along with classmate Katie Collopy and Miller in the final 3:36 to make the final tally 20-6.

Despite the outcome today, head coach Jebb Chagan took note of the strides his program made in its second season in the rugged Big East.

"We had great leadership from these seniors throughout, both on and off the field and that was so important to the growth of this program," stated Chagan. "We played a ton of underclassmen and we made some young mistakes along the way. But I thought our young players progressed as the year went on and there's a lot to look forward to in the next few years."

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VILLANOVA, Pa. No. 18 Syracuse has won a share of the 2011 Big East women's lacrosse regular-season title with a 20-6 victory at Villanova on Saturday, May 1. The Orange, which extended its winning streak to four, ends the regular season with an overall record of 10-7 and a 7-1 mark in conference play. It marks the fourth time Syracuse has either won or tied for the league regular-season title in the last five years.

Senior Tee Ladouceur (Slingerlands, N.Y.) led an explosive Orange offense with a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists. Twelve different players found the back of the net for Syracuse, including six who scored multiple goals. Junior Sarah Holden (Syracuse, N.Y.) had a hat trick to along with an assist, while sophomore Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) added two goals and two assists.

While the offense was clicking, Syracuse's defense was just as effective, forcing 21 Villanova (5-11, 1-7) turnovers. Senior goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made 10 saves, caused one turnover and picked up a ground ball while allowing just one goal in 39 minutes of action.

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