Orange Crushed: Syracuse Rolls to End Dartmouth’s Season
Syracuse University’s Devon Collins, right, moves toward the goal past Dartmouth’s Liz Calby, left, during the second round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament yesterday in Syracuse, N,Y. Syracuse won, 21-8. (The Post-Standard - Michelle Gabel)
Syracuse’s Devon Collins, left, and Alyssa Murray hug after a goal against Dartmouth during yesterday’s NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament game. (The Post-Standard - Michelle Gabel)
Syracuse, n.y. — For the second straight spring, Syracuse University ended the Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team’s season in the NCAA tournament, taking down the Big Green 21-8 yesterday afternoon in a second-round matchup at SU Soccer Stadium.
Dartmouth concludes the season with an 11-8 record, posting a double-digit win total for the 17th time in Amy Patton’s 21 years as head coach. Fourth-seeded Syracuse improved to 17-3 overall and will host Florida next weekend in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Sophomore Sarah Byrne became the second player in program history with consecutive games of at least four goals in the NCAA tourney, after Katieanne Christian in 2005.
After starting the weekend with four against Boston College on Friday, she matched that output once again yesterday against the Orange.
Kayla Treanor and Alyssa Murray scored five goals apiece for the Orange. Devon Collins added three of her own as Syracuse became just the second program to score 20 in a national postseason game against Dartmouth.
Early on, the Big Green appeared the hungrier of the teams, winning the loose-ball battles and taking a 4-2 lead in the opening minutes. However, a stretch of 14:34 without a goal and the subsequent 7-0 run by Syracuse proved to be the turning point, as the home team took a 12-6 lead into the intermission.
An 8-0 run to start the second half would follow as the Orange put the contest out of reach.
“The first 15 minutes, we were able to do some good things defensively and on the attack,” Patton said. “We were moving the ball quickly and finding the open player, which was what we were looking to do.
“They went on a long stretch of getting the draw and controlling the tempo, so we were forced to play defense for extend periods against a very talented team,” Patton added.
Senior Hana Bowers scored twice in the game and finished the season with 51 goals, the most by a Dartmouth player in eight years.
Despite her goals allowed total, Dartmouth junior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello was strong against a potent offensive team that finished with more than 30 shots on goal yesterday. Giovanniello turned aside 10 shots and moved into fourth all-time in program history with 405 saves for her career.
Syracuse also ousted the Green in last season’s NCAA tournament, earning a 15-5 home victory in the first round en route to finishing as the national runner-up.
In addition to the goals from Byrne and Bowers, freshmen Jaclyn Leto and Gabby Starkey also scored for Dartmouth.
For the seven-member senior class, it marked the end of their four-year careers that included three trips to the NCAA tournament (2011-13), an Ivy League championship (2011) and a conference tournament title (2012).
“The big thing about this senior class was how high they set the bar in terms of hard work,” Patton said. “Our character was tested often this season, things didn’t always go our way. I kept telling the whole group that we had to respond and the seniors were the ones who led the way.
“There were a lot things this team accomplished this season with a very young group” Patton continued. “As we move forward, these seniors really instilled a lot in the younger players that they can take with them as they continue to develop and mature.”