SU Women's Lacrosse Vs. UConn

Women's lax opens 2018 season with dominant home opener vs. Connecticut

The Orange broke away from the Huskies in the second half, scoring 14 goals in the second half.

Number seven Syracuse women’s lacrosse began its season with a 23-11 victory over former Big Eeast rival Connecticut.  

The Syracuse offense tore the UConn defense to shreds from the opening draw. The Orange had 12 different players score in the game. Sophomore Emily Hawryschuk led the way with four goals while junior Nicole Levy, sophomore Vanessa Constantino and senior Neena Merola each finished with three goals.

Photo: Brittney Vella
Molly Carter, an attacker for Syracuse, drives pass Huskie's defender, Kiera Dalmass.

Emily Hawryschuk, who ranked second on the team in goals (38) last season, thinks this team’s depth was not only key for the team in this game, but also scary for opposing teams when scouting Syracuse.

“I think the best teams in the country are the ones that have a bunch of [offensive] threats. When you just have one goal scorer, it’s easier to shut that girl down. But when you have seven people on the offense and even more on the bench that can step in and make plays, it’s really hard for a team to scout us,” Hawryschuk said.
Despite the final score, SU struggled to get breathing room in the first half. The Orange led by one goal, 9-8, at halftime due in large part to missed opportunities on draws. With about 12 minutes left in the first half, Syracuse had won only one draw while UConn had won nine.

“It seemed in that first 20 minutes, every time the ball came flying out of that [draw] circle, it was going right to them. And that’s because you’re not understanding where it’s coming out. You’re not reading it well,” said Coach Gait.

The second half was a completely different story for Syracuse. And it all started with getting the ball back to the offense. Coach Gait noticed that in the first half his team was scoring on its opportunities, but there just weren’t that many.

In the second half, Syracuse was able to rely on its depth to expand its lead. The Orange put several lines in the game, especially in the midfield. This depth helped Syracuse outscore Connecticut 14-3 in the second half.

“Being able to have two lines going and actually getting that third line in there, it really allowed us to pick up the pace and keep it going in that second half,” Gait said.

With the win over UConn, Syracuse remains undefeated against the Huskies in the all-time series at 18-0. When speaking about his team’s overall offensive performance, Coach Gait did not mince his words.

“I thought it was one of the best efforts by our attack I’ve seen in a long time,” said the 2017 ACC Coach of the Year.

Syracuse travels on the road for its next matchup against the Oregon Ducks. The Orange looks to replicate its explosive offensive from tonight once again on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Post new comment

* Field must be completed for your comment to appear on The NewsHouse
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.