Orange will face Hoyas in BE title game

Despite its success, the Syracuse women's lacrosse team hasn't won a Big East Conference title since 2008. The Orange will look to go out on top before it heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Preview of the finals matchup against No. 6/6 Georgetown inside.

Georgetown (13-4) will host Syracuse (15-3) at the Multi-Sport Field on the Hoyas university campus on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports.

Big East, as we know it, coming to an end: It only seems right that these two, traditional Big East rivals meet for one last time in the conference tournament final. The Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry is one that ranks up there with the likes of North Carolina - Duke and Michigan - Ohio State and is synonymous with the conference. It's bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end. The ACC, from a lacrosse standpoint, is something to get excited about.

Quick start: Right before the Big East Conference Tournament was to start up; the Orange faced the Hoyas to close out regular season. The 13-7 victory was, in Syracuse's terms, an OK game.

The "first five" as the team calls it, is in regards to the first five minutes of the game. Those minutes, specifically for the Orange, are crucial when it comes to making a statement and ultimately dictating the pace of the contest early on.

Georgetown raced out to a quick start before Syracuse got its legs underneath them in the last contest. The team will need to avoid one of those starts this weekend.

Freshman sensation, Kayla Treanor: Syracuse head coach Gary Gait has asked a lot of the freshman since Michelle Tumolo went out with a season-ending injury. In Thursday afternoon's game against the Huskies, she eclipsed Halley Quillinan's school record for most goals by a freshman and is now the most decorated underclassmen in Syracuse women's lacrosse program history. The highly touted high school recruit has lived up to her playing expectations at the collegiate level, amassing 52 goals and 18 assists on the season so far.

Observing her play throughout the year, Treanor has the ability to go one-on-one from anywhere on the field, however, her specialty is working from behind the cage. Her strength gives low defenders fits when it comes to standing their ground against her. Treanor's shot is powerful, too. If opponent's put her on the eight meter, good luck trying to stop it from finding the back of the net.

Becca Block: One really can't appreciate and really take into consideration Block's game unless you have witnessed in person. She leads her team in the hustle statistics (draw controls, caused turnovers and ground balls) and produces both on the offensive and defensive end. As a lacrosse fan, you have to be impressed with her consistent play.

Defense in general:

Behind Block, the Orange defense has held its opponents to less than 10 goals for the 10th straight game - a pretty impressive statistic heading into postseason play.

The team is also leading its opponents in ground balls, 317-to-280; and caused turnovers, 167-to-119.

Scouting Georgetown:

Georgetown is coming off 16-14 win against Loyola, a game in which the Hoyas used a second half surge to score five straight goals in a six-minute stretch. The game against the Greyhounds showcased the Hoyas ability to overcome the pressure of playing from behind.

Top scorers: Caroline Tarzian (34 goals, 13 assists); Kelyn Freedman (29 goals, 10 assists); Hannah Franklin (23 goals, 4 assists). Although, Kelsi Bosel is having a down year in terms of goals, don't count her out, the senior is still a threat when it comes to creating space and penetrating.

Goalie, Barb Black: With the addition of assistant coach Meg Dentler, goaltending has gotten the necessary attention this season. Despite the loss to the Orange, Black held her own in net, turning away 10. The junior has played the majority of the minutes in cage and has 81 saves on the year.


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