No. 5 Syracuse Uses Strong 2nd Half to Defeat No. 16 Towson

TOWSON, Md. No. 5 Syracuse used six second half goals to break away from No. 16 Towson and earn a 10-3 win in Unitas Stadium on Saturday. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly tied her career-high with 11 saves, but it was not enough for the Tigers.

"I thought we made some mental mistakes and it cost us today," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. "Kelsea had a huge game for us again but she can't do it all on her own."

Syracuse (3-2) opened the game on a 3-0 run as Michelle Tumolo scored an unassisted tally at 14:53. LaMonica called timeout following Tumolo's goal to settle her squad. The timeout seemed to work as the Tigers scored their first goal of the game at 11:28. Freshman midfielder Breanna Hamm scored her first career goal off a pass from sophomore attacker Sarah Maloof.

The Orange pushed its lead to 4-1 on a free position goal from Amy Cross at 10:22. Towson (1-4) pulled to within two on a goal from junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle at 6:42 of the first half. Senior midfielder Laura Zinkand made it a 4-3 game when she scored a free position goal at 2:59. Syracuse took a 4-3 lead at the half.

Syracuse held a 21-8 advantage in shots in the first half while the Tigers won five of the half's eight draw controls.

The Orange dominated the offensive aspect of the game in the second half. Syracuse scored six times in the second stanza while holding the Tigers without a goal. Kayla Treanor scored a pair of second half goals while Tumolo and Devon Collins each had a goal and an assist.

The Tigers had a pair of free position shots in the second half but were unable to convert either opportunity.

Kelsey Richardson played the first half in goal for the Orange and made two saves for the victory. Alyssa Constantino made four saves in the second half. It was the second time this season; Donnelly made 11 saves for the Tigers.

Syracuse finished the game with a 35-13 advantage in shots taken. The Tigers won eight of the game's 15 draw controls.

Hamm had a goal and two draw controls for the Tigers while Coogle added a goal, a ground ball and a caused turnover.

Tumolo, Treanor and Collins all recorded two goals and an assist for Syracuse.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, March 16 when they travel to Richmond for a 1:00 p.m. game.

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TOWSON, Md. The No. 5 Syracuse women's lacrosse team shut out No. 16/16 Towson in the second half and posted a 10-3 victory in Towson, Md. on Saturday, March 9. The Orange improves its record to 3-2, while the Tigers go to 1-4 this season.

Syracuse's defense played a large role in the victory. The Orange forced 25 Towson turnovers and its aggressive ride on clears allowed the Tigers to convert just 6 of 13 attempts.

"Defensively, I thought it was one of our best performances in a long time," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "They forced the errors, they forced the mistakes and they played great team defense. They gave us lots of opportunities to get the ball back. Our attack rode hard. They weren't clicking on the offensive end but one thing they know they can do is ride hard to the opposite 30 (yard line)."

Syracuse led by one, 4-3, at halftime and quickly increased its lead on freshman Kayla Treanor's (Niskayuna, N.Y.) unassisted goal 32 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Devon Collins (Rochester, N.Y.) scored on assist from junior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) and then assisted on Treanor's second goal of the game to increase SU's lead to 7-3 with 18:54 to play. Collins finished the game with a season-high three points.

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