No. 5 Syracuse Uses Fast Start for Victory at Boston College

NEWTON, Mass. Sophomore Covie Stanwick totaled three goals and four assists to surpass the 100-point mark for her career, but Boston College fell to No. 5 Syracuse, 17-12, at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles (4-6, 1-2 ACC) scored four straight goals in the second half to trim the Orange (5-2, 1-0 Big East) lead to 15-11 with 3:35 to play but could not cut the margin any lower.

Stanwick has now amassed 103 career points in 28 games played and became the 13th player in program history to break the 100-point barrier. Junior Cali Ceglarski scored a career-high three goals, and classmate Moira Barry registered two goals and an assist.

Kailah Kempney led the Orange with three goals while Alyssa Murray and Michelle Tumolo each posted two goals and three assists.

The Orange scored the game's first four goals before Barry put the Eagles on the board with a free position shot just under six minutes into the contest. Syracuse responded with two more goals to take a 6-1 lead with 21:40 left in the first.

Stanwick scored her first goal of the game on a behind-the-back shot, and Ceglarski netted her first tally to bring the Eagles within 6-3 almost halfway through the opening period. After BC and SU traded goals, the Orange scored two straight before Ceglarski scored again to cut the lead to 9-5 with 3:34 to play in the half. SU scored twice more to carry an 11-5 lead into halftime.

Despite goals from Carly Weilminster and Ceglarski, the Orange outscored the Eagles 5-2 in the first 13 minutes of the second half to claim a 15-7 lead its largest of the game with 17:10 remaining.

The Eagles answered with a 4-0 run to cut SU's advantage to 15-11 with 3:35 left. Stanwick netted the run's first goal before Mikaela Rix and Caroline Margolis each found the back of the net. Stanwick scored the run's last goal before SU scored two goals to BC's one inside of the last three minutes.

Boston College remains at home to host Virginia on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the team's Red Bandanna No. 19 Game.

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NEWTON, Mass. No. 5 Syracuse scored four goals in the first five minutes and went on to a 17-12 win at Boston College on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The Orange extends its winning streak to three and improves its record to 5-2, while the Eagles go to 4-6.

"The fast start is something we've been focusing on the last few games," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "In the first four games of the season we were trailing in every single one. We adjusted our warm up, we did some other things to try to get off to a better start. Today it worked well."

Senior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and junior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) led a balanced scoring attack for Syracuse as 10 different players recorded goals. Tumolo and Murray each had two goals and three assists. Murray increased her career assist total to 63, which ranks sixth on SU's all-time leader list. Sophomore Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) tallied a team-high three goals for her first hat trick of the season.

Syracuse never trailed, scoring its first goal 33 seconds into the game when Tumolo found Murray cutting in front of the goal. Murray put her shot in the back of the net and sparked the Orange on a 4-0 scoring run to start the game. Junior Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.), Kempney and Tumolo all scored during the run.

Boston College fought back and trailed 7-4 before Syracuse tallied four of the final five goals of the half to take an 11-5 halftime lead. Tumolo started the run when she came from behind the back of the net on the left side for her second goal of the day, and junior Amy Cross (Oreland, Pa.) scored on an assist from Murray. After a Boston College goal, senior Bridget Daley (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Kempney posted unassisted goals as the Orange tied its season high for most goals in a half.

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