Freshman Treanor leads Syracuse to third Big East tournament championship
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On a sun-splashed afternoon in our nation’s capital, No. 1 seed Syracuse (16-3) beat No. 2 seed Georgetown 14-7 in the title game of the Big East women’s lacrosse championship held at Georgetown. Orange freshman Kayla Treanor had a game-high seven points, including six goals and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
It is the third time Syracuse has won the tournament title and first time since 2008. The Orange won the inaugural tournament crown in 2007.
SU sophomore Kailah Kempney scored three goals, while junior teammate Alyssa Murray, the Big East Attack Player of the Year, added two scores. The Syracuse defense, led by Big East Defensive Player of the Year Becca Block, held Georgetown scoreless over the final 13 minutes of the first half.
Syracuse took control down the stretch of the first half and carried the momentum into the second frame. The Orange went on a 9-1 run spanning the halves and raced to the win. SU trailed 3-2 with 13:25 left in the session, but accounted for the final four goals of the period. Treanor netted the final two goals of the half and the Orange led 6-3 at the intermission.
Orange sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson played the first 30 minutes and made three saves. She was credited with the win. Junior Alyssa Costantino played the second half and had four saves.
SU held a 25-18 edge in groundballs and a 13-10 advantage in draw controls.
Earlier in the day, the Syracuse men’s team won the Big East Men’s Lacrosse Championship 13-9 against Villanova. It marks the first time a school has captured both men’s and women’s lacrosse tournament titles in the same year. The Syracuse men also won a share of the regular-season title, while the Syracuse women captured the league’s regular-season title outright.
Georgetown started the game hot and scored the first two goals of the game. Dina Jackson and Hannah Franklin netted the scores as the Hoyas led 2-0 with 21:39 left in the first half.
Syracuse, who entered the game 14-1 when leading at the half, dominated the second half and outscored the Hoyas 8-4.
Three Georgetown players scored two goals, including senior Dina Jackson. Georgetown senior Ashley Hunter scored her first collegiate goal with 13:25 left in the first half on a great diving shot five yards from the goal. GU junior goalkeeper Barb Black made 11 saves.