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No. 3 Syracuse women’s lacrosse looks to bounce back against Duke after first loss of the season

Close-up shot of #51 Emily Hawryschuk in a blue Syracuse uniform holding her lacrosse stick.
Syracuse’s Emily Hawryschuk and her fellow attackers will have to score early and often to keep up with Duke’s high-powered offense.

The Orange lost to sixth-ranked Northwestern 16-15 in overtime on Tuesday. WAER’s Lauren Helmbrecht tells us how Cuse can get back in the win column against high-scoring Duke.

“It’s good that it happened in February. We have a lot to learn from it.” Kayla Treanor said. After the third-ranked Syracuse women’s lacrosse team lost in overtime to Northwestern earlier this week, Coach Kayla Treanor was looking towards the future. She said her team’s going to continue to face off against top-ranked talent throughout the season, especially the ACC. So, a loss early in the season gives her team something to work on.

This loss is Syracuse’s first of the season after starting 4-0. But that run wasn’t without some drama. The last three games for the Orange were decided by three goals total.

Meanwhile, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils come into the Carrier Dome undefeated after starting the season with six straight wins. Unlike the Orange, who’ve played against four Top 25 ranked teams in their first five games, this ACC matchup on Sunday is Duke’s first against a ranked opponent.

The Blue Devils have found the back of the net at a league-leading rate. In their six games, Duke has won by an average of 15 goals. Duke leads the nation in total goals with 131 and attackers Catriona Barry and Katie DeSimone go one-two in the nation with total goals, with 41 and 33 respectively.

Syracuse junior Meaghan Tyrrell is on that top-ranking list as well, in 20th place with 23 goals this season. She and Syracuse graduate student Emily Hawryschuk, who netted six goals and added three assists in the Northwestern loss, will help lead the Orange’s offense on Sunday. They’ll need a strong showing against a fifth-ranked Duke defense that has only allowed an average of six points per game.

Syracuse’s defense will need to slow down the high-flying Duke offense for the Orange to notch their second ACC win of the season. The game is set to draw at noon on Sunday in the Carrier Dome.