No. 2 Syracuse Holds off No. 16 Georgetown in Big East Semis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Sophomore Alyssa Constantino (West Islip, N.Y.) made a save with no time remaining to seal No. 2 Syracuse's (16-2) 7-6 victory against No. 16 Georgetown (9-8) in the semifinals of the Big East Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday, May 3 at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange advances to the championship game where it will face No. 12/10 Loyola on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. It will be Syracuse's third appearance in the finals and its first since 2008. The Greyhounds advanced to the finals with an 11-9 victory against No. 6/6 Notre Dame in the first semifinal.

Trailing 4-3 at the break, the Orange recorded three straight goals to open the second half. Senior Sarah Holden (Marcellus, N.Y.) and sophomore tandem Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) each had a score during that stretch.

The fourth-seeded Hoyas would cut SU's lead to one on two occasions, but could not overcome the early second stanza barrage by the Orange.

"I thought our players responded well when it was a close game," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "Mistakes were made both ways, but we made the plays when we needed to. We stuck together and held on for a nice W."

Georgetown held top-seeded Syracuse to a season-low three goals in the first half. It also marked the second time the Orange was down at intermission. The Hoyas built an early advantage behind two tallies from Caroline Tarzian and a Kelsi Bozel score.

After being held scoreless until the 8:03 mark in the first half, the Orange recorded three consecutive goals to knot the game at 3-3. Murray recorded the first SU goal on a free position attempt. Junior Bridget Daley (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored on another free position try to cut the deficit to one before junior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.), the 2012 Big East Attack Player of the Year, tied the game with a goal with 5:55 remaining in the half.

The Hoyas retook the lead behind a Kristen Coleman goal with 2:51 left in the first frame to give them a one-goal advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.

Syracuse outshot Georgetown, 20-14, and won 11 of 15 draw controls. The Hoyas picked up 11 ground balls to nine for the Orange. Costantino and Hoyas' goalkeeper Barb Black each recorded six saves.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. Georgetown dropped a heartbreaker to Syracuse (16-2) on Thursday evening in the Big East Championship semifinal game at the Carrier Dome. The fourth-seeded Hoyas led early on and had chances to tie it late, but couldn't connect falling, 7-6, to the top-seeded Orange. Georgetown is now 9-8 on the season.

"Syracuse made some plays at the end, but I said to the team after the game that I'm really proud of their effort, proud of the execution and the belief that they played with for 60 minutes and we're going to walk out of here with our heads up even though we fell a little short," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried.

The Hoyas opened the game with a 3-0 run, looking solid on the defensive end and patient on offense. Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) tallied the first two goals, connecting on a spin move at 22:45 and hitting on a fast break from junior attacker Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy). The second goal was started by a caused turnover from freshman defender Megan Marinelli (Northpoint, N.Y./Northpoint).

Junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) made it 3-0 with a score at 12:41, but the Orange answered to stop the run with free position goals at 8:03 and 6:36.

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