No. 2 Syracuse Comes Back in 2nd Half to Edge No. 8 Virginia

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 2 Syracuse came back from a four-goal first-half deficit to defeat No. 8 Virginia, 10-9, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Feb. 24. Both teams are now 2-1 this season.

Senior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) led the Orange with five points on two goals and three assists, while junior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) tallied a team-high four goals.

Virginia opened the game with four consecutive goals by four different players to give the Cavaliers its largest lead of the game at the 9:52 mark. Murray scored twice in less than a minute, the first on an assist from Tumolo and a second on a free position attempt, to cut the deficit to 4-2 with 3:37 remaining. Virginia's Morgan Stephens netted the final goal of the half with 57 seconds on the clock to give the Cavaliers a 5-2 halftime lead.

The two squads traded goals to start the second half before senior Bridget Daley (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Murray recorded back-to-back goals to bring the Orange within one at 6-5. Virginia responded with two straight goals to stretch its advantage to 8-5 with 19:48 remaining.

Freshman Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) started Syracuse's comeback when she took a long pass from junior Liz Harbeson (Annapolis, Md.) off a restart and went straight to goal. She made a move on her defender and put her shot past Virginia goalkeeper Kim Kolarik. Tumolo followed with a goal and then assisted on sophomore Devon Collins' (Rochester, N.Y.) goal, which tied the game at 8-8 with 13:18 to play. Murray recorded her second free position attempt of the day to give the Orange its first lead of the day at the 12:04 mark.

Stephens posted her third goal of the game at the 10:19 mark to tie the game for the second time with 10:19 remaining. Murray had a chance to break the tie, but Kolarik stopped her shot to keep the game knotted. Senior Becca Block (Stratham, N.H.) caused a turnover on the Cavaliers' ensuing possession, giving the Orange the ball. Treanor took advantage of the opportunity, recording the game winner on an unassisted goal with 4:56 remaining.

After a Virginia turnover, Syracuse had a chance to run out the final 4:39, but an Orange turnover gave the Cavaliers the ball. Casey Bocklet's attempt to tie the game went wide, but Virginia retained possession. Junior Kasey Mock (Pottstown, Md.) forced a Cavaliers' turnover and picked up the ground ball with four seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Orange.

“I look at a game as two halves and I think they did kind of combat that in the second half,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait of Syracuse's slow start in the first half. “We didn't go and let it repeat. That's what happened against Maryland. We started out in that second half and we let Maryland jump all over us but this time we didn't let it happen. We made a run and then they made a run and we responded again. Players stepped up and we got the job done.”

Syracuse outshot Virginia, 23-15, and held a 12-9 advantage in draw controls. Both squads picked up 11 ground balls. Junior Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) combined for three saves for the Orange, while Kolarik finished with 10 saves.

Syracuse goes on the road to face Florida on Saturday, Mar. 2 in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament semifinals. The opening draw in Sun Life Stadium in Miami is set for 5:00 p.m.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 8 Virginia women's lacrosse team couldn't hold onto a halftime lead, falling 10-9 at No. 2 Syracuse.

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