The only statistical flaw that Syracuse women's lacrosse head coach Gary Gait brought to light after its 11-8 BIG EAST win against No. 7/7 Notre Dame was its shooting percentage.
The rest of the team's play was executed to near perfection, according to Gait, with the defense once again, headlining the show.
"We came out focused and got off to a great start again," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "That was something we had a tough time with early in the season. Today we made a difference in the first five to 10 minutes of the game. We had good focus, good preparation and a good warm-up. We were ready."
Gait continued, "[The defense] was exceptional. They were all over the place. They gave us numerous opportunities. The reason why we had 35 shots is because they kept giving [the offense] the ball back."
The potent ride forced the Fighting Irish into 22 turnovers and completed just 18 clears on 26 attempts.
Syracuse jumped out to a quick four goal lead with three scores coming from Alyssa Murray. The junior would turn right around and assist on a goal from sophomore Kailah Kempney at the 19:58 mark. Two back-to-back goals by Jenny Granger, roughly a minute apart, allowed Notre Dame to cut the lead in half and make it 4-2 with 16 minutes left to play in the first half.
Both teams would go on and trade goals for the lax six minutes of play and Syracuse went into intermission with a 7-3 edge.
Despite outscoring the Orange 5-4 in the second half and pulling within two at the 14:27 mark, the Fighting Irish were unable to get over the hump, scoring just one more goal after its three-goal spurt.
Notre Dame would get as close as 9-7 after a three-goal blitz in the second half but freshmen sensation and Kelly Cross would notlet the Fighting Irish prevail.
"They were a good team," Gait said about Notre Dame "They weren't going to give up. They went after us hard at the end. We had a couple turnovers, and that's a good lesson for our attackers: you may be tired, but they aren't going to give up."
Murray would lead all scorers on the evening, scoring four goals and notching one assist. Freshman Kayla Treanor had a balanced day of play, too, recording two goals and three assists. Junior, Katie Webster; senior, Bridget Daley; and freshmen Kelly Cross and Brenna Rainone each had one a piece.
Sophomore Kelsey Richardson was credited for her tenth win of the season, turning away three in goal.
Syracuse will host Marquette Sunday at the Carrier and will honor its seniors on Senior Day. There has been a game change with the first draw coming at 12:30 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.
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