Sitting in the locker room before its game against No. 20/rv Cornell on Tuesday evening, the No. 5/5 Syracuse women's lacrosse team knew it couldn't take this team lightly.
"We talked about it being Cornell's opportunity to step up and make a statement to upset us," sophomore attack Devon Collins said. "We just really wanted to make sure we came out hard, take it seriously and play our game."
Syracuse dismantled Cornell 16-4 at the Carrier Dome; however, the win was overshadowed by Michelle Tumolo's injury early in the first half. The senior was injured at the 18:30 mark when she was trying to track down Cornell's Lauren Halpern on the ride. At the end of the game, Tumolo was seen on the field with crutches, her left legged wrapped.
"We'll see what it is and see what's up with her in the following days to come," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "We don't know much right now, but we'll know more later."
Syracuse raced out to 5-0 lead to start the first half before the Big Red notched two consecutive goals by Emily Tripodi and Kelly Lang. The three goal deficit would be the closest Cornell would get all game long.
Syracuse's Kayla Treanor sparked an 8-0 run that extended into the second half to make the score 13-2 at the 23:36 mark. Lang temporarily stopped the offensive blitzkrieg on a goal from Lindsay Toppe, but Treanor and juniors Alyssa Murray and Kirkland Locey scored the last three-of-four goals after that.
Gait gave significant praise to its defensive unit that forced 25 turnovers and held Cornell to a 10-of-17 clearing performance.
"I thought they responded well," Gait said. "They played great defense, scored plenty of goals and just kept it going. They kept the foot on the gas and took care of Upstate New York. We always talk about the first five minutes of the game and making a statement by your effort level and by your execution and hustle."
The Orange will gear up for its Friday evening showdown with No. 7 Notre Dame at the Carrier Dome. Draw is set for 7 p.m. The Fighting Irish are coming off of a 13-12 win against No. 8 Georgetown.
Orange brush off Cornell, look ahead to ND
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