SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse sophomore Alyssa Murray set a single-game school record with eight goals to lead the No. 12 Syracuse to a 23-12 victory against No. 13 Boston College on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse wins its season opener for the fifth consecutive year, while the Eagles go to 1-1.
“They came together and played a great game at both ends of the field,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. ”Our special teams were exceptional today.”
The Orange featured a balanced scoring attack as 10 different players recorded at least one point. Murray led the way with 10 points, which tie her for fourth on SU’s single-game record list.
“I knew she had it in her,” Gait sad. “She is an incredible shooter. Setting the school record today in goals is unbelievable. I think that’s a credit to the entire offense when she can be the recipient of so many feeds and taking those easy one-on-ones with those doubles.”
Syracuse never trailed in the game as it took an early lead on junior Michelle Tumolo’s unassisted goal 1:32 into the game. Tumolo finished with six points (3g, 3a) and moved into ninth place on SU’s career scoring chart (142 pts.). The teams traded goals before Murray put Syracuse up for good with her second goal on a free position shot at the 24:50 mark. That goal sparked a 4-0 scoring run that gave SU a 6-2 advantage. Three consecutive goals by freshman Gabby Jaquith, Murray and Tumolo extended Syracuse’s lead to 9-4, but Boston College netted two of the final three goals of the half to cut the lead to 10-7 at halftime.
Covie Stanwick recorded her third goal of the game to start the second half to bring the Eagles within three at 10-7, but that was close as Boston College would get. Freshman Devon Collins started the Orange on a 4-0 scoring run that put the game out of reach. With the Orange leading 19-12, Murray scored her eighth goal of the game at the 4:50 mark. Syracuse added three more tallies for the 23-12 final.
Several freshmen made successful debuts in the win. Kailah Kempney recorded five goals and an assist, while Collins had a hat trick to go along with one assist. Jaquith finished with two goals and one assist.
The Orange’s goalkeepers combined for 15 saves. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino recorded six saves in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson made nine saves in the second half in her collegiate debut. Boston College’s Catherine Conway had two saves, and Emily Mata had seven.
Syracuse held a decisive 27-10 advantage in the draw controls. Kempney led the way with 10, which tie for the second-highest single-game total in school history. Both teams recorded 38 shots, while Boston College had 19 ground balls to 10 for SU.