Sept. 25, 2010

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE,NY - All-American Martina Loncarica scored the game-winning goal in overtime off freshman midfielder Leonie Geyers second assist to vault the ninth-ranked Syracuse Orange Field Hockey team to a 4-3 win against No. 10 Louisville at J.S. Coyne Stadium this afternoon. The Orange moves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Cardinals move to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Two -time All-American Lindsey Conrad netted two goals to become Syracuses all-time leading goal scorer.

The Orange came out strong scoring two goals within the first seven minutes of the first half. Geyer scored off a direct penalty corner assisted by Loncarica and junior midfielder Liz McInerney at the 3:19 mark. About three minutes later, Conrad weaved through the Louisville defense and knocked in a shot past her sister, Cardinals goalkeeper Erin Conrad, to become Syracuses all time leading scorer and give the Orange a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals, flustered by the Oranges pressure defense throughout the first half, made it a 2-1 game going into halftime on a goal by Hayley Turner with 2:26 remaining.

Syracuse clung to a 2-1 lead for most of the second half, keeping Louisville from scoring while playing two players down for five minutes after senior back Maggie Befort and senior forward Shelby Schraden drew yellow cards.

Louisville gained a 3-2 advantage late following goals by Jenna Ahern and Haley Jurich that were both assisted by Nicole Youman.

Syracuse would not be denied. With 5:49 left in the game Conrad scored her second goal of the game, rocketing in a pass from Geyer to set up Loncaricas heroics.

The Orange took 26 shots compared to the Cardinals 19. Louisville registered 15 penalty corners, while Syracuse had 13. Sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver tallied 10 saves for Syracuse.

The Orange will hit the road for their next game at BIG EAST-foe Providence on Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m.