Webster Helps Top-Ranked Syracuse Get Past Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. Despite the snow and wind, Cornell put up a hard fight against No. 1 Syracuse Tuesday night but ultimately dropped a tough game, 7-5. Lindsay Toppe had a hat trick for the Big Red (6-7, 2-2 Ivy) but it wasn't enough to keep the top team in the nation at bay as the Orange improve to 14-1 overall (5-1 ACC).

It took 11:08 into the first half for either team to find the back of the net, but Syracuse's Kayla Treanor put the first tally on the board, unassisted, for her 52nd goal of the season. Gabby Jaquith then finished a pass from Katie Webster at 15:13 and Treanor found her second of the game just 45 seconds later. Then, with four minutes left to play in the half, Alyssa Murray buried another Webster pass to give the Orange a 4-0 lead at the half.

Toppe got the ball rolling for the Big Red, capitalizing on two free-position shots then getting help from Emily Tripodi to bring Cornell within one with 15:25 left to play. Treanor scored unassisted for 2:05 later to extend the Orange's lead to 5-3, but Rachel Moody brought the Big Red within one again, getting help from freshman attack Catherine Ellis.

Following a yellow card being issued to Ellis for a hit to the head, Murray took advantage of the man-up situation and finished a pass from Webster to put Syracuse up 6-4. Tripodi then assisted Moody for the Big Red's fifth goal, again bringing Cornell within one with 6:22 left to play, but Webster slipped one by Big Red goalkeeper Carly Gniewek to give 'Cuse the final 7-5 advantage.

Draws were a big factor for the Orange keeping possession, having won 11 of 14, and Kailah Kempney winning seven herself. Syracuse outshot Cornell 19-16, but the Big Red held the advantage in ground balls, 21-16.

Toppe led the Big Red offense with three goals and Moody had two. Gniewek finished the day with seven saves.

For Syracuse, Webster led the team with one goal and three assists while Treanor had a hat trick. Murray had two goals and Jaquith chipped in one goal. Alyssa Costantino had four saves in the crease for the Orange.

The Big Red will return to action Saturday at Schoellkopf Field when it plays host to Yale at 3:00 p.m.

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ITHACA, N.Y. Senior Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) dished out a career-high three assists and finished with a season-high four points to lead the No. 1 Syracuse lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory at Cornell on Tuesday, April 15. The win extends the Orange's winning streak to eight games and improves its record to 14-1.

Sophomore Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) tallied a team-high three goals for Syracuse, while senior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) had two goals, giving her 198 in her career. Lindsay Toppe had three goals to lead the Big Red (6-7).

The Orange led 4-0 at halftime, but three straight goals by Toppe, two on free position attempts, to start the second half cut the lead to one with 15:25 on the clock. Her first goal ended the Big Red's scoring drought of more than 36 minutes.

Treanor answered with her third goal of the night on a hard shot from the right side to push Syracuse's lead to 5-3 with 13:20 on the clock. Cornell again got within one on Rachel Moody's goal at the 9:17 mark, but Murray took a long pass and started her dodge on the right side of the fan and found the back of the net to again extend Syracuse's lead to two at 6-4 with 7:55 on the clock. The Big Red wouldn't go away and Moody's second goal brought Cornell within one before Webster netted her first goal of the game on a fast break with 6:03 remaining to give Syracuse a 7-5 advantage.

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