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No. 12 Loyola falls to No. 5 Syracuse

By: Amanda Ghysel

In their penultimate BIG EAST contest Friday night, No. 12 Loyola women’s lacrosse fell to No. 5 Syracuse 19-9 at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but sophomore Taryn VanThof netted one for the Greyhounds to cut that lead in half seven minutes into the game. Loyola followed up with two prime chances to tie it, but came up empty handed.

The Orange then used a six-goal run to take a commanding 8-1 lead with 15:15 to go in the half. Just a moment later, a yellow card to Syracuse’s Kelly Cross gave the Greyhounds a man-up opportunity. VanThof capitalized, catching a pass from junior Marlee Paton and putting a spin move on her defender before putting it away.

But Syracuse would score again just a moment later, giving the Orange nine goals on nine shots. Syracuse used an extra-man chance to go up 10-2, before Loyola looked to make a comeback with a three-goal run. The Orange would close scoring for the half, though, leaving the score 11-5 going into the break.

The Greyhounds dominated the early part of the second half, with freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf making two huge saves on either side of VanThof’s third goal of the night.

But the Orange would use a 5-1 run to squash Loyola’s momentum and take a 16-7 lead. Freshman Katrina Geiger and Marlee Paton would score for the Greyhounds before time expired, but Syracuse walked away with the crushing 10-goal victory.

“We played a very tough Syracuse side tonight,” said Loyola head coach Jen Adams. “I’ve never seen a game where the stats lined up so equally but we still lost by so much.” Syracuse only outshot the Greyhounds 28-25, and won only two more draw controls, while Loyola scooped up 14 ground balls to Syracuse’s 11.

But Syracuse’s potent offense is what made the difference: freshman Kayla Treanor notched five goals and one assist, while junior Alyssa Murray added three goals and five assists.

The Greyhounds play their final game of the regular season against a tough UCONN side at home on Sunday, before entering the BIG EAST tournament the following weekend. Adams hopes the loss to Syracuse will serve as a learning experience for her squad.

“They know they need to be a lot tougher,” she said. “I hope they learned that lesson today.”

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