SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Number four ranked Syracuse hosted No. 8 Louisville for the Orange’s “senior day” and final game of the regular season Saturday. Syracuse jumped out to a 3-0 start and led the entire game, eventually defeating the Cardinals 13-10. Senior Kayla Treanor became Syracuse’s all-time career leader in scoring with 151 goals.
“I feel really lucky to have been able to play here and have played with such good players,” Treanor said. “There are a lot of people before me that set the path and without my teammates I would have never gotten these opportunities. Without playing on such good teams you don’t get as many opportunities as I’ve been so fortunate to have.”
“She’s had a great career here. She’s been tremendous not just on the field but off the field as a leader and a great teammate. Those are probably her true strengths. The leadership she exemplifies and the result is the great play, the awards, the accolades but really what she brings to the team are the intangibles and the leadership.”
Treanor led the Orange in points this afternoon with two goals and three assists. Freshman Nicole Levy wasn’t modest on senior day, registering a hat trick for the Orange. Kelly Cross scored a pair of goals for the Orange and Erica Bodt added one goal and two assists. The Orange took 25 shots and scored on four of six free positions.
“I’ve learned a lot [from Treanor] obviously,” Levy said. “I’ll continue to learn and look up to her. She’s helped me as a player and a person. She’s helped me develop on and off the field.”
Treanor also thrived on the draw circle. Before today, Louisville’s Kaylin Morissette was the nation’s leader in draw controls. The Orange won that battle, possessing 16 of 25 draws. Treanor beat Morissette, grabbing 12 to Morissette’s four.
“To have 12 draw controls against the number one draw control person in the country, who only had four, is amazing,” Gait said. “Her biggest feat of the day was dominating the top control person in the country.”
Louisville scoring was led by Cortnee Daley who finished with five goals. Madison Hoover followed with two goals and one assist and Hannah Koloski also added a pair of goals. The Cardinals took 20 shots and capitalized on six of nine free positions. Louisville was able to pull within one goal with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game but never scored thereafter.
“Louisville is a good team, they didn’t give up but the good thing is that we had answers,” Gait said.
Syracuse registered 14 turnovers to Louisville’s seven and the defense only had four caused turnovers to Louisville’s seven. Louisville tallied 36 fouls and three yellow cards. Syracuse capitalized on two of the three man-up opportunities. The Orange committed 21 fouls.
Allie Murray played the full 60 minutes in cage for the Orange, saving five shots on 15 shots on goal. Louisville’s Kelly Gielner also played the full 60 minutes and tallied four saves on 17 shots on goal.
With the win, Syracuse improves to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the ACC. Louisville drops to 12-4 overall and 3-4 in ACC play.
Next up, Syracuse will play Boston College in the ACC tournament in Blacksburg, Virginia on Thursday, April 28. The Orange lost to the Golden Eagles,13-8 on March 19.
“It’s an opportunity for us to prove that we can get over the hump with them again and having lost to them at Boston College,” Gait said. “I think the players are very excited to have an opportunity to play them again.”