No. 5 Syracuse Scores on First 9 Shots, Glides by No 12 Loyola

Junior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) tallied a team-high eight points on three goals and a career-high five assists. Freshman Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) tied her career highs with five goals and six points, while sophomore Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) finished with four points on three goals and an assist.

Treanor started the scoring at the 23:59 mark with a bounce shot from the right side. She then assisted on Kempney's goal before Taryn VanThof put Loyola on the scoreboard at the 23:00 minute mark to cut SU's lead in half. Sophomore Devon Collins (Rochester, N.Y.) came from behind the left side of the net for her first goal, which sparked the Orange on a 6-0 scoring run that extended the Orange's lead to 8-1 with 15:15 on the clock. Murray assisted on back-to-back tallies by Treanor and Kempney, and junior Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal at the 18:54 mark. Kempney converted a free position attempt and Treanor capped the run with her third goal of the night.

With Syracuse leading, 10-2, the Greyhounds posted three consecutive goals to cut the Orange's lead to 10-5, but Murray put a bounce shot in the back of the net at the 2:56 mark to give Syracuse an 11-5 halftime lead.

"We shot the ball well," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "I looked at the scoreboard and it said we were 7 for 7 shooting. We cooled down a little bit in the second half and we didn't shoot as well. In the first five, 10 minutes, it's something we've been focusing on. We got open shots and we put them away."

The second half featured more Orange offense. Loyola (9-7, 5-2) notched the first goal after intermission, before Murray scored on a free position attempt and Treanor found the back of the net to give SU a seven-goal lead at the 20:07 mark. Junior Amy Cross (Oreland, Pa.) recorded her second goal of the night on an assist from Murray, and senior Becca Block (Stratham, N.H.) assisted on a goal by Murray and then scored on a fastbreak on a clear attempt push SU's advantage to 16-7 with 10:38 to play.

The Orange scored three of the game's final four games for the 19-9 final. Syracuse has now scored 17 or more goals seven times in its last 11 games. In addition, SU's defense held its opponents to less than 10 goals for the eighth straight contest and the 11th time this season.

Syracuse outshot Loyola, 28-25, while the Greyhounds picked up 14 ground balls to 11 for the Orange. Block tied her career high with six draw controls, helping SU to a 16-14 advantage in the circle. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) made four saves in the first half, while junior Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) recorded six saves in the second half for Syracuse. Molly Wolf had six saves for the Greyhounds.

The Orange plays its final regular-season contest Sunday at No. 8/7 Georgetown on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

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