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Women’s lacrosse: Cross sisters (U. Dublin), Mock (Pottstown) help Syracuse open 2013 lacrosse season with 21-8 rout

Monday, 14th January 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 1/14/13
From Press Release and Staff Report

The NCAA women’s lacrosse season opened early on Sunday as visiting Syracuse routed Jacksonville, 21-8, with contributions from three Philly women.

Orange junior starting midfielder Amy Cross (Upper Dublin) scored once and then his freshman sister Kelly Cross (Upper Dublin) came of the bench and tallied the last goal of the game. Meanwhile, starting defender Kasey Mock (Pottstown) had two groundballs.

“It was a great team effort from top to bottom,” said SU head coach Gary Gait. “Offensively, we had a number of players score. We executed well and we’ll build on this performance. I was happy with our defense. We saw a couple of our young defenders do well and we’ll continue to solidify our defense.”

Freshman Kayla Treanor led a balanced offense for Syracuse, scoring a game-high five goals and finishing with six points. She equaled the school mark set by sophomore Kailah Kempney last season for the most goals by a freshman in her collegiate debut.

Junior Alyssa Murray, who led the nation in scoring last season, picked up where she left off, recording five points on three goals and two assists. Senior Becca Block junior Katie Webster, sophomore Devon Collins and Kempney scored two goals apiece.

Jacksonville took an early lead, but the Orange, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll, netted eight unanswered goals to take a seven-goal lead at the 17:56 mark. Treanor had two goals and an assist during the run. The Dolphins fought back and cut the lead to five at 10-5 before Treanor found the back of the net with four seconds on the clock to give SU an 11-5 halftime lead.

The Orange broke open the game in the second half. Leading 13-8, Becca Block converted a free position and junior Amy Cross scored on an assist from Murray to put Syracuse up 17-8. SU then scored three times in 17 seconds to take a 10-goal lead. Treanor found the back of the net for her fifth goal at the 18:23 mark.

The Orange played without senior All-America attack Michelle Tumolo (Clearview Regional), who was serving a one-game suspension for receiving a red card in the 2012 NCAA women’s championship game against Northwestern.

Junior Alyssa Costantino made four saves for the Orange in the first half, while sophomore Kelsey Richardson tallied four saves in the second half. Karli Tobin posted 10 saves for Jacksonville.

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