Syracuse advances 3rd straight Final Four

The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse season may have ended prematurely, but the women are still going strong. They defeated Boston College on Saturday to advance to their third consecutive Final Four.

Boston College went into the Carrier Dome with one game plan: shut down Tewaaraton Trophy finalists Kayla Treanor and Alyssa Murray.

It worked...for a little while. But the Eagles forgot to game plan for one other fact: Syracuse has a lot of depth. And that depth stepped up in an 11-9 victory over the Eagles, sending Syracuse to the Final Four for the third consecutive year.

Boston College effectively silenced Murray, but especially Treanor, in the first half, until, as senior attack Murray said, "We started to figure out they were sending doubles from the top. Once we got in the flow of that, it really opened up [the game] for us."

Murray had one assist in the first half before opening the second half with a goal, her 24th in NCAA tournament history. Treanor finally broke through the Eagles' double-team to finish with two goals, but it was senior midfielder Katie Webster who stepped up for the Orange. Her three points were the team high for the match, and she was a factor in moving the ball across the field, disrupting the Eagles' initially-tight zone defense.

"We knew they were going to be good," said head coach Gary Gait following the game. "Certainly they [Boston College] showed up. They got up on us early."

While Syracuse cruised in the second half, including an 8-1 run on Boston College, the Eagles controlled most of the first half, scoring the first three points of the game and effectively maintaining possession on strong showings from junior attack Covie Stanwick and senior attack Moira Barry.

But the Orange depth was too much for Boston College, who sought its first Final Four appearance with a win.

The second-seeded Syracuse Orange will face the sixth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers on May 23rd in Towson, Maryland.

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