No. 2 Syracuse Wins Shootout with Fourth-Ranked Florida

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman Taylor Poplawski (Lafayette, N.Y.) matched her career-high four goals to help the No. 2 Orange lacrosse team (7-1) to a 17-12 victory over No. 4 Florida (8-2) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Poplawski finished with five points, also her career high, while Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scored three goals and helped on two to match Poplawski's point total.

SU shutout the Gators for the final 15:22 of the first half while scoring six goals to take the lead and extend it to more than Florida could handle for the remainder of the game. Poplawski, Treanor and Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) each contributed two goals in the run.

Florida started a comeback in the middle of the second half, scoring five consecutive goals to come within three but Syracuse's work earlier in the game paid off and the Gators were unable to catch up to SU.

Six Syracuse players scored multiple goals in the game and seven had a multi-point game. The Orange beat the Gators in nearly every category, outshooting Florida 34-27, controlling the draw 20-11 and making five more successful clears.

The game was close for the first 16 minutes of play with the lead changing three times. Florida was the first to score and maintained a lead until the 14 minute mark of the first stanza, when Syracuse notched the game-tying goal and went on its six-goal run to pull away from the Gators. Poplawski started things off with an athletic move to get past a defender in front of the goal and toss one in to make it even at 3-3. Treanor followed suit less than 30 seconds later to take the lead 4-3, which the Orange would not squander for the game.

Florida again came out strong in the second half, scoring two within the first two minutes of play to come within three goals. The teams then exchanged goals but Syracuse fired three into the back of the net to take a six-point advantage with 23 minutes to play. After SU took its largest lead of the game, 15-7, Florida started a comeback run, netting five consecutive goals to get back within three with 6:54 to play. Syracuse had the last say, however, scoring two more to take a decisive 17-12 win.

Senior Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) made her first start in goal for the Orange. She made nine saves to earn her first victory of the season.

The Orange is back in action on Tuesday, March 18 in the Carrier Dome to take on Harvard at 7:00 p.m.

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Syracuse, N.Y. The No 4. Florida lacrosse team fell, 17-12, to No. 2 Syracuse after a late rally was unable to lift the Gators past the Orange on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

Highlighting Florida's day, Nora Barry set a program record with five caused turnovers, Lauren Lea tied a program record with four assists, Shannon Gilroy became No. 3 on the career goals leaderboard and four Gators set a total of six career highs.

The first six minutes of the game featured three lead changes and three ties, with the score knotted at 3-3 with 14:00 on the clock. Syracuse closed out the first half with a 5-0 run, to take an 8-3 lead entering the locker room.

Florida started the second half with two quick goals, pulling within three, 8-5, with 28:01 left. The Orange outscored the Gators 7-2 over the following 13 minutes, stretching their advantage to 15-7. Florida answered with a 5-0 run that lasted just under seven minutes and put UF within three, 15-12, with 6:54 to play. The Gators' rally fell short, however, as Syracuse scored the final two goals of the contest, winning 17-12.

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