Oct. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE – The sixth-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team exploded for five goals, including three in the game’s first 13 minutes, in its 5-2 victory versus No. 9 Massachusetts this afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange improves to 10-1 with its seventh consecutive win, while the Minutewomen move to 7-3. It was Syracuse’s sixth top-20 and third top-10 victory of the year.

“We played really well at times today,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “We scored three early goals and then had a letdown, but in the end we responded. I am proud of what we accomplished today.”

SU scored three early goals to take a 3-0 lead. Syracuse started the scoring in the fourth minute when junior forward Shelby Schraden  knocked in a Heather Susek crossing pass from the right side of the circle. In the 10th minute, Orange leading scorer junior forward Lindsey Conrad made it 2-0 with a hit from 10 yards out that made its way inside the right post. SU made it a 3-0 lead in the 14th minute when Conrad set up Susek at close range and led to a UMass timeout.

The Minutewomen scored just three minutes later, in the 17th minute, Christine Cutry put UMass on the board. Kim Young brought the ball into the right side of the circle and found Cutry in front of the goal. UMass struck again 10 minutes later when Katie Kelly dribbled into the circle from the left and slid a pass across the front of the goal to an open Jill Powers for the goal, making it a 3-2 game.

The Orange hung on to that 3-2 lead well into the second half. Schraden scored her second goal of the game and made it a two-goal game with 11:31 left in the game when she scored off a pass in front from Susek.

The game reached 5-2 with 3:44 left on Susek goal from senior forward Tracy Deitrick.

Freshman goalkeeper Leann Stiver made three saves for the Orange. Alesha Widdall had six for the Minutewomen

Syracuse held a 13-10 and was awarded 13 penalty corners to UMass' three.

The Orange returns to action on Sunday when it hosts No. 20 Albany in a non-conference match at J.S. Coyne Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The game will be webcast on Orange All Access.