Murray, Treanor notch five points apiece to catapult Syracuse past Notre Dame
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Junior Alyssa Murray and freshman Kayla Treanor recorded five points each to lead No. 5 Syracuse to an 11-8 victory against No. 7 Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome. The win was the sixth in a row for the Orange and its 18th consecutive in Big East regular-season play.
Murray finished with four goals and an assist and moved into a tie for fifth place on Syracuse's career goals scored list with 141. Treanor had two goals and a season-high three assists.
The pair helped the Orange (11-3, 6-0) to an early lead. Murray tallied the first three goals of the game, two on assists from Treanor and one on a free-position attempt. She then fed sophomore Kailah Kempney, who was cutting across the crease, for Syracuse's fourth goal at the 19:58 mark. It marked the fourth consecutive game that SU has started the contest with at least four consecutive goals.
"We came out focused and got off to a great start again," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "That was something we had a tough time with early in the season. We made a difference in the first five to 10 minutes of the game. We had good focus, good preparation and a good warm-up. We were ready."
Jenny Granger put Notre Dame (11-2, 5-2) on the scoreboard with back-to-back goals to cut the lead to two, but Murray scored on an assist from Treanor and senior Bridget Daley found the back of the net at the 7:56 to extend Syracuse's lead to 6-2. The teams traded goals in the final 6:07 as the Orange took a 7-3 advantage into halftime.
Treanor started the scoring after intermission, converting a free-position attempt 19 seconds into the second half. With Syracuse leading 9-4, Brie Custis netted her first goal of the game at the 18:24 mark, sparking the Fighting Irish on a 3-0 scoring run that brought Notre Dame within two at 9-7 with 14:27 to play.
Treanor ended SU's scoring drought of more than 13 minutes with a free-position goal, and freshman Kelly Cross put a bounce shot in the back of the net to put the Orange back up by four with 12:25 to play. Lauren Sullivan posted the game's final goal as Syracuse recorded its second win against a team ranked in the top 10 this season.
The Orange continued to make it difficult for its opponent on clearing attempts. SU's ride allowed Notre Dame 18 clears on 26 attempts. In addition, Syracuse recorded 14 caused turnovers, including two each by Murray, junior Kasey Mock and freshman Maddy Huegel.
"Once again the ride created many opportunities for us," Gait said. "The ride continues to do a very good job putting pressure on the defenders trying to clear the ball. The defense played great. We made it difficult for them to get really good scoring opportunities."
Syracuse outshot Notre Dame 34-15 and held a slight 21-20 advantage in ground balls. The Orange also won 14 of 21 draw controls. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson made three saves for the Orange and was credited with her 10th win of the season, while Ellie Hilling had 11 saves for Notre Dame.