May 22, 2010

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The No. 10 Syracuse University women's lacrosse team shut down No. 7 James Madison in the second half to upset the Dukes, 7-3, and advance to its second Final Four in program history. Senior Halley Quillinan paced the Orange offense with three goals, while junior Liz Hogan registered 12 saves and broke Syracuse's single-season saves record (202). Syracuse faces No. 1 Maryland in Towson, Md. on Friday, May 28 at either 5:30 or 8 p.m. in the national semifinals.

"We weathered the storm out there today," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "When you challenge your players to step up and make plays, they did, and that is what champions do. It was an incredible game and I can't be more proud of the Syracuse Orange."

Syracuse improved its record to 15-6, while James Madison had its 10-game winning streak snapped and ended the year at 17-3.

The Orange controlled the tempo in the opening minutes with goals by Quillinan and freshman Michelle Tumolo less than three minutes apart to give Syracuse the early 2-0 lead at the 25:16 mark. Ariel Lane scored back-to-back goals to tie the score, and Annie Brophy netted the final goal of the half at the 4:52 mark to give James Madison a 3-2 halftime lead. Hogan recorded nine saves in the first half, keeping the Orange close as it went more than 25 minutes without a goal.

Following a 30-minute rain delay to extend halftime, the Orange began the second half in the same fashion as the first half, beginning with a goal by Quillinan to quickly tie the game at the 28:41 mark. More than two minutes later, junior Tee Ladouceur scored on the left doorstep on a free position pass from Quillinan to give the Orange the lead for good. Syracuse continued to turn up the pressure on defense to keep the ball out of JMU's control, while Quillinan tallied her third goal of the afternoon to push the SU lead to two, 5-3, with 17:14 remaining.

The Orange played a slow-down offense to allow the clock to tick down before Tumolo's shot trickled down the back of JMU goaltender Kelly Morgan and crossed the line to extend the SU lead, 6-3, with 7:17 left. Senior Jackie DePetris closed out the scoring when she found the back of the net on a pass from Tumolo at the 4:12 mark. The Orange controlled the final minutes of the game to secure its spot in the semifinals. Quillinan finished with three goals and an assist, while Tumolo had a pair of goals to go along with an assist. Ladouceur added a goal and two assists, while DePetris finished with a goal.

Syracuse outshot James Madison, 22-19, and recorded 12 ground balls to 11 for the Dukes. James Madison won 8-of-12 draw controls. Hogan finished with 12 saves, increasing her season total 202, which is a single-season school record. It marks the ninth time in the last 14 games that Hogan has reached double-figures in saves.

Syracuse returns to the Final Four for the second time in three years. The Orange advanced to the national semifinals in 2008, where it lost to eventual national champion Northwestern.