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Treanor’s goal lifts Syracuse to sudden victory
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (theACC.com) – Syracuse first appeared on its way to a comfortable win and then found itself in a fight for survival.
But all ended well for the sixth-seeded Orange by the end of its marathon matchup with third-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Thursday night. Syracuse is moving on to the semifinals after Kayla Treanor’s unassisted goal 1:25 into sudden victory lifted the Orange to a 14-13 win at Klockner Stadium.
Treanor’s goal capped an ebb and flow night of anxious moments and great individual efforts.
Halle Majorana’s four goals and assist led the nationally seventh-ranked Orange (12-6), and Trenor’s five total points (three goals, two assists) moved her to No. 4 on the all-time Syracuse scoring list. Lisa Rogers added a hat trick.
Syracuse prevailed in spite of the third-ranked Eagles’ two-woman wrecking crew of Sarah Mannelly and Kenzie Kent. Each scored five goals on the night, with Kent scoring four in the second half as the Eagles rallied from an early five-goal deficit to pull even – but never ahead.
Friday’s semifinal action begins at 1 p.m., with top-seeded North Carolina (14-2) facing fifth-seeded Notre Dame (10-8), followed by the Syracuse-Duke matchup at 3 p.m. Both Friday games will be carried by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN) and via ESPN3 with Tom Werme handling the play-by-play and Leah Secondo working as sideline analyst.
Syracuse got off to a lightning-fast start on Thursday, scoring three unanswered goals before the game was three minutes old and building a 5-0 lead by the 14:43 mark of the opening half. Five players scored goals during the Orange’s opening onslaught.
The Eagles finally found their bearings, scoring five goals in a span of 8:53, including three by Mannelly in just over four minutes. Syracuse counterpunched enough to maintain an 8-5 lead at the half. Majorana paced the Orange’s first-half offense with two goals and an assist, and senior Kailah Kempney won six draw controls.
With Mannelly contributing two more goals in the first 5:33 of the second half, Boston College kept chipping away and finally pulled even for the first time at 10-10 when Tess Chandler scored off a pass from Covie Stanwick with 18:24 left in the match.
The score was tied on three occasions after that – at 11-11, 12-12 and 13-13. Kent scored all three goals for the Eagles during that stretch, including the one that tied the score at 13-all with 4:51 left to play. Chandler then won the ensuing draw control for Boston College, which opted to hold possession for the remainder of regulation.
But Syracuse held firm despite a foul and a yellow card. Orange keeper Kelsey Richardson thwarted a medium-range shot by the Eagles’ Caroline Margolis with five seconds remaining – her 10th save of the night – to force overtime in the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the first time since the 2008 finals and only the fourth time ever.
Boston College (14-3) gained possession at the outset of the three-minute extra period and again ran down the clock, but Mannelly’s attempt as the clock ran down inside of four seconds was off the mark and scooped up by Richardson.
The second overtime brought yet more of the same, with the Eagles winning the draw control and attempting to maintain possession for the period’s duration. This time, Boston College turned the ball over with just under 20 seconds remaining, but the Orange failed to get a shot off in its hurried trip downfield, sending the match into sudden-victory and setting up Treanor’s closing heroics.
Syracuse Head Coach Gary Gait
“The key was we didn’t panic. We played smart. We are patient. We have been in this situation so many times this year. Tonight’s result is the direct result of being here before. If [BC] wanted last shot, it was all about playing great defense and not giving them a good last shot. That is what we did three times in a row. End of the game. In overtime and until we got our chance in sudden victory.”
On the play of goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson:
“It’s playoff lacrosse. You need to step up and make some saves, which is what she did today. Especially in that first half, she played outstanding. She got a couple in the second half that we really needed, too.”
Boston College Head Coach Acacia Walker
“We were waiting for the last shot. Trying to make sure we took advantage of our opportunities, which in the end we didn’t. We could have done a better job with it. Credit goes to Syracuse. They did a great job.”
“We didn’t shoot well at the end of the game. You have to shoot well for 60 minutes to beat a team like that.”
On how they Kayla Treanor got open for the game-winning goal
“We didn’t do our job. We were supposed to be pressuring her and sending an early double, and we didn’t do it and it cost us the game.”