Syracuse Runs by Jacksonville to Open 2013 Lacrosse Season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 2013 NCAA women's lacrosse season has officially begun. Jacksonville gave preseason No. 1 Syracuse a challenge before falling 21-8 in the earliest played regular season game in NCAA history.

Eight different players scored for the Dolphins (0-1) which held a 7-5 advantage over the Orange (1-0) for a 30 minute stretch during the middle of the game. Junior Brit Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) started things off for JU scoring the first goal by anyone in the nation this season. The score came just two minutes into the historic contest and staked the Dolphins to a 1-0 advantage.

Syracuse quickly responded and showcased the talent that earned them a national runner-up finish last spring. The Orange would rattle off eight unanswered goals over the next 10 minutes before the Dolphins finally slowed the attack.

JU, which led the NCAA with 18.16 goals per game last year, would get back on the board by the way of a goal from senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) with just over 10 minutes to play before half. Hurley's goal helped rally the Dolphins as they held a 4-3 advantage the remainder of the period before going into the break down 11-5.

Junior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) helped the momentum continue for JU in the second half. The Dolphin's leading scorer from a year ago score on a free position shot four minutes into the period. After two more goals from the Orange, JU once again pulled to within five following back-to-back goals from senior Ellyn Spangenberg (Chuoulota, Fla.) and junior Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.).

Hoffman's score sent the lively crowd at the Ashley Sports Complex into a frenzy as the Dolphin faithful sensed their team proving it belonged with the upper-echelon of women's lacrosse.

Syracuse ended the JU threat however, ripping off another eight unanswered goals to close out the game.

Kayla Treanor led the Orange with five goals.

Jacksonville returns to action on Wednesday, January 23 in an exhibition against Team England.

Game Notes

Jacksonville held a 15-8 advantage in ground balls in the second half and a 24-20 edge for the game.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. In the first Division I women's lacrosse game in the nation, Syracuse defeated Jacksonville, 21-8, on Sunday, Jan. 13. The Orange, which opened the season on the road for the first time since 2007, has now won its season opener in six consecutive seasons.

"It was a great team effort from top to bottom," said SU head coach Gary Gait. "Offensively, we had a number of players score. We executed well and we'll build on this performance. I was happy with our defense. We saw a couple of our young defenders do well and we'll continue to solidify our defense."

Freshman Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) led a balanced offense for Syracuse, scoring a game-high five goals and finishing with six points. She equaled the school mark set by sophomore Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) last season for the most goals by a freshman in her collegiate debut.

Junior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.), who led the nation in scoring last season, picked up where she left off, recording five points on three goals and two assists. Senior Becca Block (Stratham, N.Y.) junior Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.), sophomore Devon Collins (Rochester, N.Y.) and Kempney scored two goals apiece.

Jacksonville took an early lead, but the Orange, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll, netted eight unanswered goals to take a seven-goal lead at the 17:56 mark. Treanor had two goals and an assist during the run. The Dolphins fought back and cut the lead to five at 10-5 before Treanor found the back of the net with four seconds on the clock to give SU an 11-5 halftime lead.

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