SYRACUSE, N.Y. –– Sophomore Emily Hawryschuk scored 50 seconds into overtime to give No. 18 Syracuse a 12-11 victory at No. 6 Loyola on Thursday, April 5. The win was the second for the Orange this season against a top 10 opponent and improves their record to 7-5.
Hawryschuk's goal in overtime was her sixth of the day, which is a new career high. She also dished out two assists for a personal-best eight points. Hawryschuk leads the Orange in points (45) and goals (37).
That feeling when your team beats a top ten opponent on your birthday! pic.twitter.com/MUpUDNP4Sm— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 6, 2018
"We drew up the play (in the timeout) and we executed it," head coach Gary Gait said. "We have the toughest schedule in the country so to get this 'W' is very important. Hopefully this win will give us momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season."
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Syracuse led 5-1 at halftime but Loyola (8-3) battled back and tied the score at 9-9 with 6:31 remaining. Back-to-back goals by Hawryschuk and Nicole Levy put the Orange back on top by two, but Elli Kluegel scored to bring the Greyhounds within one.
Asa Goldstock has been on in the first half! pic.twitter.com/AuXLlyZevw— Syracuse Women's Lax (@CuseWLAX) April 5, 2018
Loyola won the ensuing draw with less than two minutes remaining. Sophomore goalkeeper Asa Goldstock made a save on Kluegel's shot but the Greyhounds picked up the ground ball. Following a timeout, Taylor VanThof scored with 14 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime.
Sophomore Kerry Defliese won the draw to start the extra session and Syracuse quickly called timeout. Gait called for the ball to go to Hawryschuk, who got around her defender and buried a shot for the game-winner.
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Hawryschuk scored the first goal of the day to give the Orange the early before Sam Fiedler found the back of the net to even the score. Fiedler's goal would be the Greyhounds' only tally of the first half as Syracuse scored four unanswered to take a four-goal lead into the locker room at halftime.
In addition to leading the offense, Hawryschuk took every draw and finished with a career-high five draw controls. Redshirt senior Taylor Gait also posted her third hat trick of the season.
Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Asa Goldstock finished with 11 saves, including 10 in the first half. It marked the sixth time this season she's reached double figures in saves.
Syracuse returns to ACC play when it takes on Virginia Tech on Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. It marks the third time in the last three weeks that the Orange will have just one day off between games.