No. 2 Syracuse defeats No. 3 Princeton with pair of second-half goals
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Leonie Geyer and Emma Russell both scored second-half goals to lead No. 2 Syracuse (9-0) to a 2-0 victory at No. 3 Princeton (7-1) on Sunday. The Orange stays undefeated on the season and beats its second top-three opponent.
The victory improves the Orange to 9-0 on the season, the second-best start in program history behind 2008 when Syracuse started 14-0. The loss is Princeton's first of the season, and combined with Virginia Commonwealth's loss to Drexel on Sunday, leaves Syracuse and No. 5 Connecticut as the only undefeated teams remaining in the division.
After each team's goalkeeper made two saves in a scoreless first half, Geyer got the Orange on the board at 14:54 when she blasted a shot by Tigers goalie Christina Maida off a penalty corner. Jordan Page and Kelsey Millman assisted on Geyer's fifth goal of the season.
The Orange added an insurance goal with 5:32 to go when Russell scored unassisted on a breakaway, sending a shot inside the far post for the freshman's fifth goal of the season.
Leann Stiver made six saves during the game. It is the 52nd win of the Stiver's career and 17th by way of shutout.
Syracuse outshot Princeton 16-10 while the Tigers held a 6-5 edge in penalty corners.
The win is the Orange's second shutout of the season against a team ranked in the top three in the NFHCA poll. On Sept. 1, the then-No. 7 Orange defeated second-ranked North Carolina 1-0 in overtime.
The 2-0 win capped off a pair of shutouts for the Orange in New Jersey after it opened the weekend on Friday with a 6-0 win at Rutgers.