ACC WOMEN'S LACROSSE: 'Cuse eliminates UNC 9-7

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 08:29 PM

Second-seeded Syracuse scored three goals in the final 8:28 of the game to defeat third-seeded North Carolina, 9-7, in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.  With the victory, the Orange advances to Sunday's championship game against top-seeded Maryland, which beat Virginia, 15-9, in Friday's first semifinal.

Syracuse took a 4-0 lead in the first half and led most of the game until Carolina went on a 5-0, second-half run and grabbed its first lead of the day at 7-6 on a goal by Aly Messinger with 13:35 to go.  The Orange tied it five minutes later and added two more goals to take a two-goal advantage, then maintained possession and kept the Tar Heels from mounting a comeback in the final five minutes.

"I thought the first half we dug ourselves in a bit of a hole because of all our turnovers on the offensive end," Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy said.  "You just can't dig a big hole against a team like Syracuse. They have a very potent offense and we needed to pull the ball in the back of the net.  You're not going to win a game scoring seven goals.

"Credit Syracuse. Their defense and entire team plays hard and they play together. We fell short in the end but our team did a good job in the second half of figuring out their defense. Down the stretch, in the last 12 minutes, there were certainly opportunities for us to take a two-goal lead and the ball hits the pipe.  That's just how the game goes, and we have to be better than that and we'll certainly learn from it and we're looking forward to the NCAA Tournament."

Carly Davis led Carolina with two goals and an assist, and Molly Hendrick scored twice.  Messinger, Taylor George and Sam McGee each scored one goal for the Tar Heels.  Senior Abbey Friend did not score for the first time this season.

Sydney Holman, who injured her left knee late in Thursday's quarterfinal win over Boston College, did not play against Syracuse.  She was in uniform and tried to warm up during pregame but was not able to play.

Katie Webster of Syracuse led all scorers with four goals, Alyssa Murray had a goal and two assists and Kayla Treanor tallied two goals and an assist.  Amy Cross and Devon Collins both scored goals as well for the Orange.

Caylee Waters started in goal for Carolina and played the first half, making four saves and allowing six goals.  Megan Ward came off the bench and played very well in the second half, making a season-high 11 saves (one off her career high).

Syracuse held UNC scoreless for the first 17:09 of the game, building a 4-0 lead until Hendrick scored the Tar Heels' first goal on a free position try with 12:51 left until the break.  McGee scored Carolina's other first-half goal, and Syracuse led 6-2 at the half. The Tar Heels committed 11 first-half turnovers while being out-shot 13-8.

The Tar Heels seized momentum and rallied early in the second half, scoring four consecutive goals in the first 9:26 of the period to tie the score at 6-all.  Messinger put the Tar Heels ahead for the first time with 13:35 to play on an unassisted goal. 

Ward and the Carolina defense held the Orange scoreless for the first 21:32 of the second half until Treanor broke the long scoreless drought with an unassisted goal with 8:28 left to tie things at 7-all.  Cross followed with an unassisted goal 1:08 later as Syracuse re-took the lead and forced a Tar Heel timeout.  Webster cut down the middle of the UNC defense for the final goal with 5:49 to go.

Carolina awaits an NCAA Tournament bid in defense of its 2013 national championship.  The NCAA will release the tournament field on May 4.


North Carolina vs Syracuse (Apr 25, 2014)

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2014 Boston College Lacrosse
#4 North Carolina vs #1 Syracuse (Apr 25, 2014 at Chestnut Hill, Mass.)



North Carolina (14-4) vs. Syracuse (17-1)
Date: Apr 25, 2014  Attendance: 1114


North Carolina 


North Carolina SCORING: GOALS: Carly Davis 2; Molly Hendrick 2; Aly Messinger 1; Taylor George 1; Sam McGee 1. ASSISTS: Carly Davis 1; Aly Messinger 1.

Syracuse SCORING: GOALS: Katie Webster 4; Kayla Treanor 2; Alyssa Murray 1; Amy Cross 1; Devon Collins 1. ASSISTS: Alyssa Murray 2; Kayla Treanor 1.

Penalties - North Carolina 0/0:00; Syracuse 0/0:00.

30-second Goals/Warnings (Violations) - North Carolina 0/0 (0); Syracuse 0/0 (0).

Officials: Mara Wager; Patti Klescha-Porter; Liz Brush; Eileen Jones. Scorer: Mark Majewski.





Pos ## Player G A Sh GB DC TO CT Penalties FPS
A   1   Alyssa Murray  
A   3   Kailah Kempney  
D   5   Liz Harbeson   0-1 
D   6   Natalie Glanell  
M   11  Amy Cross  
D   13  Mallory Vehar  
D   14  Kasey Mock  
G   15  Kelsey Richardson  
M   18  Katie Webster   0-2 
M   20  Gabby Jaquith  
A   21  Kayla Treanor   0-1 
A   44  Devon Collins  
  4   Erica Bodt   0-2 
  8   Kirkland Locey  
  17  Caroline Webster  
  19  Taylor Poplawski   0-1 
  24  Bridget Daley  
  27  Kelly Cross  
  77  Maddy Huegel  
  88  Lisa Rogers  
    Totals.........  29  22  12  0-7 


## Goalie Minutes GA Dec 1 2 Saves
15  Kelsey Richardson   60:00 


 North Carolina  


Pos ## Player G A Sh GB DC TO CT Penalties FPS
M   1   Mallory Frysinger  
D   9   Margaret Corzel   0-1 
D   16  Sloane Serpe  
A   18  Abbey Friend   0-1 
D   19  Sarah Scott  
A   20  Molly Hendrick   1-1 
M   22  Maggie Bill  
M   23  Taylor George  
A   27  Aly Messinger   0-1 
D   28  Courtney Waite  
D   31  Caileigh Sindall  
G   43  Caylee Waters  
  7   Sam McGee   1-1 
  11  Carly Reed  
  12  Carly Davis   2-2 
  17  Megan Ward  
  25  Devin Markison  
  33  Maggie Auslander  
  34  Stephanie Lobb  
    Totals.........  19  15  15  4-7 


## Goalie Minutes GA Dec 1 2 Saves
43  Caylee Waters   30:00   
17  Megan Ward   30:00  11  11 


 Stats by period 


North Carolina  11  19 
Syracuse  13  16  29 


North Carolina  11  15 


North Carolina  11  15 
Syracuse  13  22 


North Carolina 


North Carolina  11  15 
Syracuse  12 


North Carolina 


North Carolina  9-9  9-9  18-18 
Syracuse  13-15  6-7  19-22 


North Carolina  0-0  0-0  0-0 
Syracuse  0-0  0-0  0-0 


North Carolina  2-3  2-4  4-7 
Syracuse  0-1  0-6  0-7 



 Scoring Summary 


Prd  Time  Team  Type  Goal Scorer  Assists  H-V 
1.  1st  25:03  SU   EVEN  Kayla Treanor (59)  Unassisted  1-0 
2.    23:58  SU   EVEN  Devon Collins (21)  Alyssa Murray (31)  2-0 
3.    22:24  SU   EVEN  Alyssa Murray (41)  Kayla Treanor (28)  3-0 
4.    18:33  SU   EVEN  Katie Webster (28)  Unassisted  4-0 
5.    12:51  UNC   EVEN  Molly Hendrick (22)  Free position shot  4-1 
6.    11:41  SU   EVEN  Katie Webster (29)  Unassisted  5-1 
7.    1:07  UNC   EVEN  Sam McGee (5)  Free position shot  5-2 
8.    0:20  SU   EVEN  Katie Webster (30)  Alyssa Murray (32)  6-2 
9.  2nd  27:12  UNC   EVEN  Carly Davis (9)  Free position shot  6-3 
10.    26:29  UNC   EVEN  Molly Hendrick (23)  Carly Davis (1)  6-4 
11.    24:28  UNC   EVEN  Carly Davis (10)  Free position shot  6-5 
12.    20:51  UNC   EVEN  Taylor George (33)  Aly Messinger (14)  6-6 
13.    13:35  UNC   EVEN  Aly Messinger (41)  Unassisted  6-7 
14.    8:28  SU   EVEN  Kayla Treanor (60)  Unassisted  7-7 
15.    7:20  SU   EVEN  Amy Cross (15)  Unassisted  8-7 
16.    5:49  SU   EVEN  Katie Webster (31)  Unassisted  9-7 


 Penalty Summary 


Prd  Time  Team  ##  Player  Min  PP  Offense 
2nd  27:57  SU   6   Natalie Glanell   N/A    YELLOW CARD