Murray, Treanor Lead #1 Syracuse by Irish to ACC Semifinals

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. Senior Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored five goals and sophomore Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had seven points to lead No. 1 Syracuse to a 16-11 victory against No. 13 Notre Dame in the ACC tournament. The Orange, which extended its winning streak to 10 games, advances to the tournament semifinals where it will face either North Carolina or Boston College.

"I thought it was a great game," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "It was a very strong Notre Dame team that never gave up. They kept fighting back and I thought our players never got frustrated they just stayed positive and finished the game. Notre Dame went on a couple runs but we responded pretty well. I thought our two big attackers (Murray and Treanor) had exceptional games today and I thought they handled the defensive schemes Notre Dame threw at us. I was happy with everyone's play."

The Orange (16-1) took an early lead, netting the first four goals of the game. Senior Amy Cross (Oreland, Pa.) opened the scoring on an assist from junior Gabby Jaquith (Cazenovia, N.Y.) before Murray netted three consecutive goals. Her first came on an assist from senior Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and the second on a free position. Her third was an unassisted tally at the 19:02 mark.

Caitlyn Gargan found the back of the net to put Notre Dame on the scoreboard, but the Orange answered with goals by sophomore Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and junior Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.).With the Orange leading 6-2, Murray scored two straight goals, the second on an assist from Jaquith, to extend Syracuse's lead to six. Casey Pearsall found the back of the net on an assist from Gargan with nine seconds on the clock to cut the Orange's lead to 8-3 at intermission.

Syracuse netted the first two goals of the second half to take its largest lead of the game. Kempney scored on an assist from Treanor before sophomore Kelly Cross (Oreland, Pa.) converted a pass from junior Devon Collins (Rochester, N.Y.) to give the Orange a 10-3 lead at the 27:47 mark. Pearsall scored at the 27:06, sparking the Fighting Irish (9-8) on a 6-1 scoring run that cut Syracuse's lead to 11-9 with 18:42 remaining.

The Orange halted the scoring run at the 17:47 mark when Murray was awarded a free position attempt. Murray passed the ball to a wide-open Treanor on the crease, who put her shot past Notre Dame goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan. Amy Cross added a goal on an assist from Treanor before Lauren Sullivan netted her first goal at the 8:28 mark to bring Notre Dame within three at 13-10.

The Orange responded with three consecutive goals to take control of the game. Webster scored her first goal of the day before Treanor tallied an unassisted goal. Treanor then assisted on Amy Cross' third goal to extend Syracuse's advantage to six. Gargan netted the final goal of the day at the 2:48 mark for the 16-11 final.

Murray recorded five goals on six shots and one assist. Treanor finished with three goals and four assists, giving her 187 career points. She now ranks seventh on Syracuse's all-time scoring list. Treanor also took over sole possession of seventh place on the school's career goals scored list with 132.

Syracuse held a slight advantage in shots, 23-21, and draw controls, 15-14. The Fighting Irish picked up 18 ground balls to 15 for the Orange. Junior Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) recorded three saves in 36:26 of action, while senior Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) made four saves in the final 23:34. O'Sullivan finished with six saves.

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2014-04-24



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