No. 5 Syracuse extends win streak to five with victory against No. 20 Cornell
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Kailah Kempney recorded a season-high five points to lead No. 5 Syracuse to a 16-4 victory against No. 20 Cornell on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse extended its winning streak to five and improved its record to 10-3, while the Big Red fell to 7-5.
"I thought the team stepped up and played a very nice game, especially on the defensive end," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "Our ride was extremely good – causing multiple turnovers and giving us multiple opportunities to play offense."
For the third consecutive game, the Orange jumped out to an early lead as five different players found the back of the net in the first 12:34. Kempeny and junior Alyssa Murray each had a goal and an assist to help Syracuse to a 5-0 lead. Cornell scored twice to cut the advantage to three, but the Orange responded with an 8-0 scoring run that extended into the second and put SU on top 13-2 with 23:36 to play. Freshman Kayla Treanor started the run with back-to-back goals with Kempney assisting on her second goal before finding the back of the net for her second goal. Murray tallied the final goal of the half to give SU a 9-2 halftime lead.
Sophomore Devon Collins extended the run in the first minute of the second half and then assisted on a goal by junior Amy Cross. Freshman Erica Bodt and senior Linley Block capped the run with unassisted goals. Kelly Lang briefly halted the Orange's offensive outburst with her second goal of the day, but Syracuse posted three of the final four goals of the game to post the 16-4 victory.
Treanor finished with four goals, while Murray had three goals and an assist. Kempney had two goals and recorded a career high with three assists.
The Orange's defense also played a key role in the victory as it forced 25 turnovers and allowed the Big Red 10 clears on 17 tries. Syracuse has now held its opponent to less than 10 goals in five consecutive games.
"The defense was stellar [Tuesday]," Gait said. "When your opponent has 25 turnovers you're going to have a good game. The defensive ride was excellent so I was very happy with the way we played."
Syracuse outshot Cornell 38-13 and picked up 19 ground balls to 10 for the Big Red. Cornell won 14 of 22 draw controls. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson made two saves in the first 38:51 before junior Alyssa Costantino had two saves in the final 21:09. Carly Gniewek made 14 saves for Cornell.