UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Four goals by four different scorers led Syracuse (18-2) to a 4-2 victory against Massachusetts (14-9) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. The Orange advances to face the host Nittany Lions on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the right to go to the national semfinals.
Syracuse advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row under head coach Ange Bradley and the seventh time in program history.
In a rematch of its lone regular season loss, 2-1 on Oct. 11, the Orange seized control of the game early, scoring three first-half goals and outshooting the Minutewomen, 20-1, in the opening period.
Lauren Brooks, Kelsey Millman and Jordan Page scored the first-half goals and Stephanie Hussey scored early in the second half to give Syracuse a 4-0 lead before UMass got on the board with two late tallies by Thando Zono.
Brooks started the scoring in the ninth minute with her 11th of the season. Millman scored her team-leading 13th of the year in the 17th minute, off an assist by Leonie Geyer.
Millman’s goal gives her 92 points in the senior captain’s career, passing Kristin Aronowicz (1999-2001) for seventh in program history.
Page closed out the scoring in the period in the 23rd minute off a rebound for the sophomore’s seventh of the season.
Hussey scored her fifth talley of the season in the 45th minute, pouncing on a rebound and beating UMass goalie Sam Carlino (13 saves).
Zono put the Minutewomen on the board with 5:39 to go off an assist from Lauren Allymohamed. Zono, a senior, added her 14th of the season with 2:23 remaining on a penalty stroke, making it 4-2.
Leann Stiver made three saves in goal to pick up the 61st win of her career.
For the game, Syracuse held a 26-7 shot advantage and a 9-5 edge in penalty corners.