Syracuse goes on late run to beat Towson; 100th career win for Gary Gait
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Third-ranked Syracuse tallied the final five goals to break a 7-7 tie and defeat No. 14 Towson 12-7 on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange remains unbeaten on the season, improving its record to 6-0.
"We knew they were going to be tough from what we saw on film," SU head coach Gary Gait said. "They were a well-disciplined, organized team that came out focused. We made some mistakes and started to capitalize at the end of the second half. A lot of credit goes to our defense for keeping the pressure on them and continuously getting us the ball back and that was key in allowing our offense to put some goals away at the end."
Senior Alyssa Murray had a goal and dished out a team-best four assists for five points. She now has 276 points in her career, which move her into a tie for third place on Syracuse's all-time scoring list with Michelle Tumolo (2010-13). Sophomore Kayla Treanor tallied a game-high five goals to go along with one assist.
The Orange led 5-4 at halftime and Treanor's goal on an assist from Murray to start the second half gave SU a two-goal advantage. The squads traded goals before Towson (2-1) recorded back-to-back tallies to even the score at 7 with 21:58 remaining.
Treanor started the decisive scoring run when she came from behind the crease on the left side and put her shot in the top-right corner of the net to give Syracuse the lead for good. After junior Gabby Jaquith scored on an assist from Murray, the Orange's defensive effort on a Towson clear led to another SU goal. Junior Devon Collins caused the turnover and picked up the ground ball, starting a fast break for the Orange. Murray got the ball back to Collins, who buried her shot from the left side of the crease to stretch Syracuse's lead to 10-7 with 6:12 to play. Treanor and junior Kailah Kempney added unassisted goals in the final 3:30 for the 12-7 final.
The first half featured four ties and back-and-forth action as neither team led by more than a goal. Senior Katie Webster scored all three of her goals in the first half, helping the Orange to a 5-4 halftime lead. She now has a hat trick in two consecutive games.
Syracuse outshot Towson 28-16 and picked up 21 ground balls to 16 for the Tigers. The Orange won the battle in the circle, winning 11-of-19 draw controls. Senior Kasey Mock led a strong defensive effort for the Orange, which held Towson with a goal for the final 14:56. She picked up a career-high five ground balls and tied her career high with three caused turnovers. Sophomore Kelsey Richardsson had one save in the first half for SU, and senior Alyssa Costantino made three stops in the second half. Kelsea Donnelly had 12 saves for Towson.
The victory was the 100th career win for Gait. In six-plus seasons, Gait has guided the Orange to a record of 100-31 (.763), four Final Four appearances and five regular-season conference titles.