May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Freshman Tegan Brown recorded a career-high seven points to lead Syracuse to a 15-8 victory against No. 4 seed Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, May 15. The Orange advances to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year where it will face No. 5 seed James Madison.

Brown finished with a career-best five goals, while senior Christina Dove had four goals. In addition, freshman Michelle Tumolo registered five points on three goals and two assists.

With the win, Syracuse improves to 14-6 this season, while Georgetown goes to 13-6. The game marked the third time the teams have played in the last three weeks. The Hoyas won both previous meetings. The win was also the Orange's first win on Multi-Sport Field in eight tries.

"We certainly knew our opponent," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "We continued to do our homework and make adjustments to the way we played. The team executed everything we put in and they were able to control the draws and take advantage of the types of defenses that they were familiar with."

Dove started the scoring with an assisted goal 45 seconds into the contest to give the Orange an early lead. After Georgetown's Kelly Barnes tied the score on a free position, Tumolo took a pass from Brown and found the back of the net after going one-on-one with the goalie to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead with 20:43 on the clock. Dove continued the Orange scoring run with two consecutive goals, the second on an assist from Tee Ladouceur to increase the Orange's lead to 4-1 with 8:20 remaining. The Hoyas' Molly Ford recorded an unassisted goal to cut Syracuse's lead to 4-2, but the Orange scored twice in the final 1:50 to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Senior Jackie DePetris scored on an assist from Tumolo and Dove found the back of the net with 11.2 seconds remaining for her fourth goal of the half. Junior goalkeeper Liz Hogan recorded nine first-half saves for Syracuse.

Georgetown struck first in the second half on Mary Beth Brophy's goal at the 27:08 mark to cut the lead to 6-3, but the Orange answered on DePetris' goal on an assist from Ladouceur with 22:43 remaining. DePetris' goal sparked Syracuse on a 6-0 scoring run that gave the Orange its largest lead of the game. Brown scored two consecutive goals and then assisted on Tumolo's second goal of the day. Tumolo then assisted on Ladouceur's goal before Brown scored an unassisted goal, her third of the half, to give Syracuse a 12-3 advantage with 19:07 remaining in the game. Georgetown scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 12-5, but that was as close as the Hoyas could get. Senior Halley Quillinan netted her first goal of the game to increase Syracuse's lead to 13-5 and Brown scored twice in the final six minutes as the Orange recorded the 15-8 victory.

DePetris finished with two goals, while Ladouceur added a goal and two assists. Molly Ford led Georgetown with four goals.

Georgetown outshot Syracuse, 29-24, and picked up 19 ground balls to 16 for the Orange. Syracuse controlled the draws, winning 17-of 25. Hogan finished with 13 saves, marking the eighth time she has reached double figures in saves in her last 13 games. Caitlyn Formby made five saves for Georgetown.

The Orange improved its all-time record in NCAA Tournament play to 5-8.