Syracuse earns fourth shutout in row, 34th consecutive home victory
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- No. 1 Syracuse (11-0) scored five first-half goals to cruise to a 5-0 victory against Yale (3-5) on a rainy Sunday. The win marks the Orange's fourth consecutive shutout victory and its 34th consecutive win at home.
The Orange's Irish trio of Liz McInerney, Gillian Pinder and Emma Russell combined to score the first four goals, with Pinder tallying two, while Jordan Page closed the scoring.
Pinder, a freshman from Dublin, finished with two goals and an assist, while McInerney, a graduate student from Dublin, had a goal and two assists.
Leann Stiver picked up the shutout in goal, her seventh of the season and 19th of her career. Stiver's streak runs to 311 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, dating back to Sept. 16 against Kent State.
The Orange controlled play from start to finish, outshooting the Bulldogs 28-2 and out-cornering them 13-1.
McInerney assisted in the Orange's first three goals before scoring one of her own in the 15th minute, assisted by Alyssa Manley and Pinder.
Pinder tallied her second goal of the game and fifth of the season in the 17th minute off a Lauren Brooks assist, giving the freshman a career-high five points on the day.
Page's fifth goal of the season came unassisted in the 28th minute. That would close the scoring as the teams held each other without a goal in the second half as the rain intensified and field conditions became slower.
Emily Cain and Heather Schlesier each made four saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
Syracuse is 11-0 for the second time in program history. In 2008, it started 14-0 on its way to a Final Four appearance.
The Orange has shut out four opponents in a row for the first time since 2000.