Treanor scores four as women's lacrosse slides past Albany, 13-11

The Great Danes kept it close throughout, but scoring from Treanor helped seal the victory.

In a match-up between two of the top offenses in the country, No. 3 Syracuse (11-1) clinched a 13-11 victory over No.18/17 Albany (9-1) at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night.

“We hung around, we didn’t give up, we took care of finishing the game at the end and that was key. “ Head Coach Gary Gait said. “I think Albany played very inspired and really gave us a tough game.”

Sophomore Kayla Treanor led the Orange with six points (four goals, two assists) and senior Alyssa Murray added three goals and one assist in the win. The Orange dominated on draw controls, 22-4, led by junior Kailah Kempney (one assist) with 11 and out-shot the Great Danes 33-15.  Kempney also led the Orange with three forced-turnovers.

The Orange won first possession to start the night and set the momentum for the game quickly. Senior Amy Cross struck the net just 48 seconds after the draw to give Syracuse an early lead over Albany. The goal by Cross ignited the Orange offense, as SU went on a 5-1 in the next 8:23 of the half to give the Orange a 6-1 advantage.  

Cross, Treanor, senior Katie Webster and sophomore Erica Bodt all registered single tallies on the run.

Albany’s Dakotah Savitacheff halted the Orange scoring run, as the Great Danes notches a goal with 13:46 left in the half.  After Devon Collins netted a free position goal, Allie Phelan answered back for the Great Danes with a hat-trick to make it a two-point game at half-time, 7-5.

To start the second half, the Orange had the same momentum it did at the beginning of the game. Treanor scored first for the Orange, followed by Murray and Collins, who each tallied a goal to make it 10-5 game

But Maureen Keggins sparked the Great Danes on a 4-0 run to make it a 10-9 game with 10:29 left in the game. 

In the last ten minutes of the game, the Orange and the Great Danes continued to trade goals back and forth. Holding a tight 12-11 lead with 3:08 left in the game, Treanor notched her fourth goal of the night to seal a 13-11 victory for the Orange. 

“Everyone wants the ball at the end of the game, everyone wants to score at the end of the game,” said Treanor after the game. “It’s just about being patient and getting the right opportunity.”

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