SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 2 Syracuse came back from a four-goal first-half deficit to defeat No. 8 Virginia 10-9 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Both teams are now 2-1 this season.
Senior Michelle Tumolo led the Orange with five points on two goals and three assists, while junior Alyssa Murray recorded a team-high four goals.
Virginia opened the game with four consecutive goals by four different players to give the Cavaliers its largest lead of the game at the 9:52 mark. Murray scored twice in less than a minute, the first on an assist from Tumolo and a second on a free position attempt, to cut the deficit to 4-2 with 3:37 remaining. Virginia’s Morgan Stephens netted the final goal of the half with 57 seconds on the clock to give the Cavaliers a 5-2 halftime lead.
The two squads traded goals to start the second half before senior Bridget Daley and Murray recorded back-to-back goals to bring the Orange within one at 6-5. Virginia responded with back-to-back goals to stretch its advantage to 8-5 with 19:48 remaining.
Freshman Kayla Treanor started Syracuse’s comeback when she took a long pass from junior Liz Harbeson off a restart and went straight to goal. She made a move on her defender and put her shot past Virginia goalkeeper Kim Kolarik. Tumolo followed with a goal and then assisted on sophomore Devon Collins’ goal, which tied the game at eight with 13:18 to play. Murray recorded her second free-position attempt of the day to give the Orange its first lead of the day at the 12:04 mark.
Stephens posted her third goal of the game at the 10:19 mark to tie the game for the second time with 10:19 remaining. Murray had a chance to break the tie, but Kolarik stopped her shot to keep the game knotted. Senior Becca Block caused a turnover on the Cavaliers’ ensuing possession, giving the Orange the ball. Treanor took advantage of the opportunity, recording the game-winner on an unassisted goal with 4:56 remaining.
After a Virginia turnover, Syracuse had a chance to run out the final 4:39, but an Orange turnover gave the Cavaliers the ball. Casey Bocklet’s attempt to tie the game went wide, but Virginia retained possession. Junior Kasey Mock forced a Cavaliers turnover and picked up the ground ball with four seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Orange.
“I look at a game as two halves and I think they did kind of combat that in the second half,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said of the Orange’s slow start in the first half. “We made a run and then they made a run and we responded again. Players stepped up and we got the job done.”
Syracuse outshot Virginia 23-15 and held a 12-9 advantage in draw controls. Both squads picked up 11 ground balls. Junior Alyssa Costantino and sophomore Kelsey Richardson combined for three saves for the Orange, while Kolarik finished with 10 saves.