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Meaghan Tyrrell Sinks Stanford in Treanor’s First Win

Emma Tyrrell (White #24) dodges towards cage as part of Syracuse's opening night win over Stanford.
Emma Tyrrell (White #24) dodges towards cage as part of Syracuse's opening night win over Stanford.

No. 3 Syracuse women’s lacrosse defeated No. 13 Stanford 12-9 to open the season. WAER’s Jackson Roberts breaks down the opening night victory.

One game in as Syracuse’s head lacrosse coach... and one win for Kayla Treanor.

No. 3 Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse took down the 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal Friday night in the Carrier Dome, getting their 2022 campaign off on the right foot. The team remained on the turf to chant their head coach’s name as a boisterous home crowd gave the returning SU alum a standing ovation.

“It feels great. I’m just really happy for the girls,” Treanor said. “They’ve just worked really hard and I’m really happy for them.”

There may have been 22 players on the field, but the outcome came down to one—Meaghan Tyrell. The senior attacker picked up where she left off in 2021, scoring a whopping six goals. She came alive in the middle of the second quarter, scoring three of those goals in a span of under five minutes.

“Having those three goals come back-to-back was definitely a momentum boost for us,” Tyrrell said. “If it wasn’t me, it was going to be someone else. We have confidence in our offense across the board.”

Tyrrell received primary support on the evening from her sister Emma, who scored a pair of goals with an assist, and Sam Swart, who led the team with two helpers.

Freshman Olivia Adamson saw limited minutes but scored the team’s opening goal just 50 seconds into her college career. And Emily Hawryschuck, playing her first regular-season game since suffering an ACL tear in the team’s 2021 opener, tallied five shots and scored a goal on a free position chance.

“That was obviously a big-time goal for her,” Treanor said. “Both Emily and Megan [Carney], they’ve both really put in so much time and effort rehabbing... and I’m just so happy for them.”

The game was won in the second half, as the Orange turned a 6-6 halftime tie into a 12-7 lead by the midway point of the fourth quarter. Meaghan and Emma Tyrrell tallied four goals in a fifteen-minute span, and the defense tightened up, putting up a clean slate in the fourth quarter.

Goalkeeping played a key role as well. Delaney Sweitzer got the start, but Kimber Hower entered the game at halftime. The latter seemed to spark the Orange, displaying exuberance on more than a couple of occasions where the team made a defensive stop.

“This was our plan, to play both goalies,” Treanor said. “They both played great today, so we were really proud of both of their performances.”

Stanford got off to a strong start in the game, before eventually dwindling after an opening flurry. The Cardinal took a two-goal lead on two separate first-half occasions but were never able to keep the Orange down.

Freshman midfielder Annabel Frist impressed in her collegiate debut with three goals, and Ailish Kelly added three as well. But the Cardinal were missing a huge presence, as preseason Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee Ali Baiocco watched the game from the sidelines, wearing a team-issued hoodie and athletic shorts.

“We were prepared for her to play,” Treanor said. “Obviously she didn’t play, but they have a lot of really great players that really stepped up and made big plays.”

Syracuse won’t have long to dwell on the outcome. The Binghamton Bearcats will make the trip up I-81 North Sunday to open their own 2022 campaign. The Bearcats went just 3-5 in a shortened season a year ago. The opening draw from the Dome will be at 1 p.m.