Bearcats fall prey to Syracuse

The last two weekends of play for the Syracuse women's lacrosse team has been near perfect. Minus the blip against Rutgers – a game that was a tough, come-from-behind-win – the Orange has outscored its opponents 69-28 in its last four games.

In Sunday's matinee, Syracuse (9-3, 5-0) overpowered a Cincinnati (6-7, 0-5) team still looking for its first conference win. The Orange's 21-6 victory at the Carrier Dome extended its BIG EAST winning streak to 17, which is the longest in school history.

"It was a solid team effort today," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "We played hard and everyone got an opportunity today, which was nice. I thought everyone played pretty well. We stayed focused and we were mentally prepared."

Senior Michelle Tumolo got the ball rolling for the Orange on a pass from junior Alyssa Murray just three minutes into the game. That offensive set sparked an 11-goal flurry before the Bearcats found the back of the net for its only score of the half with 13 seconds left.

Despite facing limited action on the Orange's defensive end, sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson was close to flawless, turning away two in the win and almost recording a shutout.

"We came really close," Richardson said. "That last shot hit my stick and went in. It stinks not getting a shutout, but our offense and defense played great."

Failing to make adjustments, the Bearcats' remained in the zone for a majority of the first half. Occasionally, it would fluctuate to man-to-man, but it was the Orange recognizing the holes and finding each other in the backer's sweet spot – the middle – for easy goals.

The second half proved no different for Syracuse as it tallied an additional nine goals. Cincinnati's lone bright spot was sophomore Megan Bell who scored three of the Bearcats six goals. Seniors Kylie Ramsland, Kati Kiriazoglou and Marissa Pierson rounded out its scoring with one apiece.

A total of 16 players would go on to score for Syracuse, including freshmen Taylor Nims (2 goals), Vivian Curry (1 goal); and sophomores Paige Savia (1 goal) and Loren Ziegler (1 goal).

"It's nice to get those players that have been practice all year long and working hard," Gait said. "It's something that hopefully we can do more often. I credit the players that started the game for being focused and getting the job done. A team effort on that part."

Syracuse has a quick turnaround as it approaches three games in five days, starting with Cornell on Tuesday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Draw is set for 4 p.m.

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