#2 Syracuse Defeats Harvard in First WLax Game at Gillette

FOXBORO, Mass. In the first intercollegiate women's event at Gillette Stadium, No. 2 Syracuse defeated Harvard, 10-6, on Saturday, March 31. The Orange extended its winning streak to five and improved its record to 6-2, while the Crimson goes to 4-5.

"It was fun to get out there," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "It was an incredible facility to play in and our girls played well. It was a slow game today. Harvard came in to slow the game down. Our defense held strong and they did very well. Six goals we'll take that any day. Our offense could have done a little bit more with our shooting, but we're happy with the 10-6 victory."

Sophomore Alyssa Murray (West Islip, N.Y.) led Syracuse with five points on four goals and an assist, while sophomore Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) added three goals.

A caused turnover by sophomore Amy Cross (Oreland, Pa.) on a Harvard clear led to Syracuse's first goal by senior Sarah Holden (Marcellus, N.Y.) at the 24:43 mark. After the Crimson tied the score on Jenn Lefew's goal, Murray gave Syracuse the lead for good at the 13:14 mark with a goal off a one-on-one move against her defender.

Murray's goal sparked the Orange on a 5-0 scoring run as Syracuse went into the locker room at halftime with a 6-2 lead. Webster added a pair of goals during the run, which also included junior Becca Block's (Stratham, N.H.) first goal of the season. Chelsey Newman halted the run and ended the Crimson's scoring drought of more than 20 minutes when she scored with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

Harvard started the scoring in the second half when Melanie Baskind found the back of the net for her first of a team-high three goals at the 26:50 mark to cut SU's lead to 6-3. Murray followed with a free position goal before Baskind recorded back-to-back goals to bring the Crimson within two at 7-5 with 22:02 to play.

That was as close as Harvard would get as Webster and Murray recorded consecutive goals to put the Orange ahead 9-5 with 15:27 remaining. Danielle Tetreault scored on an assist from Baskind before Murray netted the final goal of the game and her team-leading 25th of the season at the 6:39 mark for the 10-6 final.

Harvard outshot Syracuse, 22-20, and picked up 16 ground balls to 12 for the Orange. Syracuse won 12 of 17 draw controls. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) recorded six saves in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) had two in the second half. Kelly Weis made seven saves for Harvard.

Syracuse returns to Big East play on Thursday, April 5 when it plays at No. 6/6 Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised live by CBS Sports.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. In the first-ever women's collegiate sporting event at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Melanie Baskind's five point effort was not enough as Harvard fell to No. 2 Syracuse, 10-6.

Baskind converted three of her six shots on goal for a hat trick and dished out two assists to lead the Crimson (4-5) offense. Kelly Weis, meanwhile, recorded seven saves in the losing effort. Micaela Cyr led the Harvard defense with four ground balls and a caused turnover. The Crimson outshot Syracuse, 22-20, held a 16-12 advantage in ground balls and owned a 12-9 edge in turnovers.

The Syracuse (6-2) offense was led by Alyssa Murray and Katie Webster, who recorded five points (4g, 1a) and three goals, respectively. Becca Block registered a goal, two ground balls and three draws, with Kailah Kempney notching a goal, six draws and one ground ball.

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