No. 5 Syracuse Downs No. 6 Georgetown in Big East Title Game

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On a sun-splashed afternoon in our nation's capital, No. 1 seed Syracuse (16-3) beat No. 2 seed Georgetown 14-7 in the title game of the Big East championship held at Georgetown University. Orange freshman Kayla Treanor had a game-high seven points, including six goals and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

It is the third time Syracuse has won the tournament title and first time since 2008. The Orange won the inaugural tournament crown in 2007.

SU sophomore Kailah Kempney scored three goals, while junior teammate Alyssa Murray, the Big East Attack Player of the Year, added two scores. The Syracuse defense, led by Big East Defensive Player of the Year Becca Block, held Georgetown scoreless over the final 13 minutes of the first half.

Syracuse took control down the stretch of the first half and carried the momentum into the second frame. The Orange went on a 9-1 run spanning the halves and raced to the win. SU trailed 3-2 with 13:25 left in the session, but accounted for the final four goals of the period. Treanor netted the final two goals of the half and the Orange led 6-3 at the intermission.

Orange sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson played the first 30 minutes and made three saves. She was credited with the win. Junior Alyssa Costantino played the second half and had four saves.

SU held a 25-18 edge in groundballs and a 13-10 advantage in draw controls.

Earlier in the day, the Syracuse men's team won the Big East Men's Lacrosse Championship 13-9 over Villanova. It marks the first time a school has captured both men's and women's lacrosse tournament titles in the same year. The Syracuse men also won a share of the regular-season title, while the Syracuse women captured the league's regular-season title outright.

Georgetown started the game hot and scored the first two goals of the game. Dina Jackson and Hannah Franklin netted the scores as the Hoyas led 2-0 with 21:39 left in the first half.

Syracuse, who entered the game 14-1 when leading at the half, dominated the second half and outscored the Hoyas 8-4.

Three Georgetown players scored two goals, including senior Dina Jackson. Georgetown senior Ashley Hunter scored her first collegiate goal with 13:25 left in the first half on a great diving shot five yards from the goal. GU junior goalkeeper Barb Black made 11 saves.

Georgetown awaits word on an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship. The selection show is on Sunday evening, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET on www.NCAA.com. Connecticut, Loyola and Notre Dame also are in contention for an at-large berth. The league record for teams selected is three, set numerous times including last year (2012).

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WASHINGTON – An early lead for No. 6 Georgetown (13-5) did not hold up for the second consecutive game against No. 5 Syracuse (16-3) and the Hoyas lost in the Big East finals 14-7. Syracuse won its fourth straight against the Hoyas and defeated GU for the third time in the championship game.

“We came out with the right intensity to begin the game,” stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We did not keep the intensity up as the game wore on and Syracuse earned the victory.”

Three Hoyas earned All-Tournament honors, including Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School). Franklin led the Hoyas in goals during the tournament with five in two games. Bozel totaled three goals and an assist while Hunter scored a goal and had four ground balls and a caused turnover.

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2013-05-04



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