Feb. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Syracuse

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The sixth-ranked Syracuse women's lacrosse team's comeback came up just short as it allowed the deciding goal with 1:33 remaining in a 14-13 loss at No. 12 Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 27. The setback snaps the Orange's two-game winnings streak as it goes to 2-1 this season. The Cavaliers also go to 2-1.

Senior Halley Quillinan (Glenmont, N.Y.) led the Orange with four goals, while freshman Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) also had four points on a goal and three assists. Senior Christina Dove (Bel Air, Md.) had two goals, extending her streak of consecutive games with a goal to 43.

A back-and-forth first half featured three ties and two lead changes. With the score tied, 4-4, freshman Tegan Brown (Perth, Australia) and Quillinan each found the back of the net to give Syracuse a 6-4 advantage with 9:25 remaining. Charlie Finnigan scored on a free position at the 8:50 mark, starting Virginia on a 4-0 scoring run as the Cavaliers led 8-6 at halftime. Quillinan led the Orange in the first half with two goals.

Virginia started the second half where it left off in the first, scoring two consecutive goals to take its largest lead of the game at 10-6 with 25:44 remaining. Dove halted the Cavliers' run with her second goal of the game with 24:43 on the clock, sparking the Orange on a 4-0 scoring run to tie the game. Following Dove's goal, Brown and Quillinan each found the back of the net to cut the lead to one. Goalkeeper Liz Hogan (Victor, N.Y.) made back-to-back saves on the same Virginia possession to keep the Orange within one before Tumolo found senior Jackie DePetris (Radnor, Va.) off a restart, who netted her first goal of the game to tie the score, 10-10, with 16:42 left in the game. The Cavaliers responded with two consecutive goals before senior Tee Ladouceur (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and Quillinan each scored to again tie the score, 12-12, with 7:47 on the clock. Caity Whiteley converted a free position to give the Cavaliers a one-goal advantage, but Brown found the back of the net off a pass from Tumolo to tie the score, 13-13 at the 5:39 mark. The score remained that way until Finnigan scored the game-winner with 1:33 remaining.

Brown finished with three goals, while Ladouceur had two goals and an assist. Finningan and Julie Gardener each had three goals to lead Virginia.

The Cavaliers outshot the Orange, 27-23, and won 20-of-29 draw controls. Syracuse picked up 14 ground balls to 12 for Virginia, and the Orange had 16 turnovers to 17 for the Cavaliers. Hogan finished with nine saves, while Lauren Benner had three saves for Virginia.

Syracuse will be back in action on March 8 when it takes on Vermont in Jacksonville, Fla.