Strong First Half Carries No. 2 Syracuse Past No. 13 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – No. 13 Cornell and No. 2 Syracuse played an even second half, but it was the visiting Orange's 10-goal first half that proved to be the difference in a 16-9 Big Red defeat at Schoellkopf Field on Tuesday night.

Syracuse started the game with two straight goals and then followed with a 7-0 run that put Cornell down 9-1 with a mere 22 minutes elapsed.

From that point on, the Big Red actually outscored Syracuse 8-7, but by then the team had dug itself a hole so deep that a hat trick from Caroline Salisbury and excellent relief goaltending from freshman Carly Gniewek could not help it recover.

Cornell (8-4) is now 3-3 this season against ranked opposition, while Syracuse (11-2) leaves Ithaca with its sixth consecutive victory over the Big Red.

The Big Red scored a season-low three first-half goals – all off the stick of Salisbury – but it netted two of them just before the halftime break. Right after halftime, Cornell completed a four-goal sandwich with two scores in the second half's first four minutes by Katie Kirk and Kelly Lang.

Those goals made it 11-5 in favor of the visitors, and Cornell had hope. Helping the cause was Gniewek, who came in to replace starter Kyla Dambach with two minutes remaining in the first half. Gneiwek was terrific against the nation's second-ranked team, doubling her career high with six saves and nearly doubling her career total, which now sits at 13. Gniewek had played a mere 39:48 all season, and she nearly doubled that total as well.

With Gneiwek saving many of the shots that came her way, the Big Red got goals from Olivia Knotts, defender and captain Cacki Helmer – just her second of the year and third of her career – Shannon McHugh and one more from Kirk.

But in the end, Syracuse's lead was just too large. Alyssa Murray went from 40 goals on the season to 44, Katie Webster had a hat trick and Kailah Kempney scored three goals as well. The Orange defense was stellar for much of the night as well, as it held senior attack Jessi Steinberg goalless for the first time since April 30, 2010 against Dartmouth.

The Big Red outdrew the Orange 7-6 in the second half – Salisbury had a career-high five draw controls on the night – and also caused turned the ball over just three times in the second half to Syracuse's 11.

Cornell's home season concludes with a visit from Yale on Saturday at noon. Senior Day festivities will be held before the first draw at noon.

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ITHACA, N.Y. –Sophomore Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) recorded seven points to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 16-9 victory at No. 13 Cornell (8-4) in Ithaca, N.Y. on Tuesday, April 17. The Orange (11-2) has now won 10 consecutive games for its longest winning streak since the 2008 season.

Murray tallied four goals and three assists to pace Syracuse's attack. Sophomore Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) each had a hat trick, while junior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

Webster started the scoring with a hard shot from the left side 1:15 into the game. The teams traded goals before freshman Gabby Jaquith (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored on an assist from Webster, which sparked the Orange on a 7-0 scoring run that gave Syracuse a 9-1 lead at the 7:38 mark. Kempney gathered a loose ball in front of the crease and found the back of the net with her shot before Webster scored on an assist from Tumolo.

Murray, senior Sarah Holden (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Tumolo scored unassisted goals before Collins capped the run with a goal on an assist from Murray that gave SU its largest lead of the first half. Caroline Salisbury netted her second and third goals of the half for Cornell to cut the Orange's lead to 10-3 at intermission.

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