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Duo helps the Orange to an overtime win against No. 11 Loyola
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syracuse senior attacker Alyssa Murray and senior defender Liz Harbeson have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, following their efforts in the Orange’s 14-12 overtime win over No. 11 Loyola, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Murray led Syracuse with eight points on four goals and four assists in the Orange’s win. She scored two of Syracuse’s first six goals and assisted on the other four as the Orange jumped out to a 6-1 lead. After Loyola came back and went up by three, Murray sparked Syracuse’s comeback with back-to-back goals as the Orange scored three goals in the final 5:16 to force overtime. With her eight points, Murray moved into second place on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list with 340 points.
Harbeson recorded career highs in caused turnovers (four) and ground balls (five), and scored her first career goal in Syracuse’s win against Loyola. With Syracuse trailing by one, Harbeson intercepted a Loyola pass to give the Orange possession with 1:09 left in regulation. Syracuse took advantage, tying the game with 42 seconds on the clock. Harbeson also scored the goal that iced the game for the Orange with 1:52 left in the second three-minute overtime session. With Loyola trailing by one and on a clearing attempt, Harbeson caused the turnover, picked up the ground ball and put her shot in the back of the net to seal Syracuse’s come-from-behind victory.
Syracuse is one of seven ACC teams that were selected for the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The seven teams selected surpasses the previous record of five teams set twice in 2011 and 2013, and marked the 10th consecutive year that at least four league squads earned a bid.