No. 2 Orange Dominates the Huskies in Big East Opener

STORRS, Conn. Sophomore Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) recorded seven goals to lead No. 2 Syracuse (5-2, 1-0) to a 20-8 victory against Connecticut (6-2, 0-1) in the Big East opener for both teams on Saturday, March 24 in Storrs, Conn. Murray led a balanced offense for the Orange as seven different players recorded goals.

"The ball was moving around quickly around the offense, which gave me scoring opportunities," Murray said. "It was a Big East game so it means a lot to us. We want to win the Big East regular season and the Big East Championship and just keep rolling."

Murray added an assist to finish with eight points. Sophomore Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted a season-high five goals to go along with one assist, while junior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) recorded five points on two goals and three assists. Tumolo now has 85 career assists, moving her into a three-way tie for second place on the Orange's career leader list.

Connecticut started the scoring on Lauren's Kahn first of two goals at the 29:05 mark. Murray tied the score on a free position goal at the 26:33 mark, sparking the Orange on a 7-0 scoring run. Tumolo had two goals and two assists during the run. She notched her second goal when her pass went by Murray and bounced into the net. Murray also had two goals during the run, her second coming on an assist from Tumolo that put the Orange ahead 7-2 with 17:03 to play in the first half.

Kiersten Tupper halted SU's run with an unassisted goal, but freshman Devon Collins (Rochester, N.Y.) posted two consecutive goals as SU outscored the Huskies 4-2 during the final 11 minutes to take a 10-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Orange continued the offensive outburst in the second half as senior Sarah Holden (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Murray netted back-to-back goals to give SU a 12-3 lead. With Syracuse leading 15-7, Webster scored for the fifth time in the game as the Orange recorded four unanswered goals to take its largest lead of the game at 19-7 with 6:09 to play. Connecticut ended its scoring drought of more than nine minutes on Chelsea Hauswirth's goal before freshman Paige Savia (Bellmore, N.Y.) scored her first career goal on sophomore Natalie Glanell's (Davidsonville, Md.) first career assist for the 20-8 final.

Collins tied her career high with four points (2g, 2a), while Holden also finished with four points (2g, 2a). Junior Bridget Daley (Schenectady, N.Y.) added a goal to go along with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Syracuse outshot Connecticut, 29-22, and both teams picked up 12 ground balls. Connecticut held a slight advantage in the draw controls, winning 16 of 28. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) and freshman Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) each recorded four saves for the Orange. They anchored the Orange defense which held M.E. Lapham, the Big East's leading scorer, to one goal. Britteny Testa made three saves and Marya Fratoni had two for the Huskies.

The Orange tries to extend its winning streak to four when it takes on Harvard on Saturday, March 31 at noon. The game will be played at Gillette Stadium.

2012-03-24



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