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Dome Sweet Dome: No. 5 Syracuse women’s lax hosts Temple after a week-long road trip

Blonde-haired lacrosse player looks up and smiles at her brunette-haired teammate, both wearing white Syracuse jerseys.
Meaghan Tyrell (18) and Kimber Hower (11) smile after defeating #7 Duke during the team’s most recent home game.

The Orange have traveled for five of their last six games and went two and one on their recent road trip ahead of Saturday’s game in the Carrier Dome. WAER’s Lauren Helmbrecht tells us how this home stretch can vault Syracuse into the postseason.

Regardless of whether you’re a country fan or listen to rap, there’s a song for you about coming home. From Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to Eminem, artists can’t help but use their lyrics to invoke the emotions of returning back to where you’ve come from. It’s unknown if the fifth-ranked Syracuse women’s lacrosse teams have any songs like this on the pre-game playlist, but the sentiment still stands — Syracuse women’s lacrosse is home.

The Orange take on the Temple Owls at 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 26. This is Syracuse’s first home game since March 6, when the team defeated the seventh-ranked Duke nearly three weeks ago.

Syracuse is coming off a three-game road trip against three top-ranked opponents: No. 14 Virginia, No. 13 Florida, and No. 24 Virginia Tech. While defeating the two Virginia teams by a combined score of 34 to 16, the Orange struggled against the Gators and lost 14-10.

“I think it was really frustrating…it was frustrating for the coaches and the girls because we could absolutely win that game. The frustrating part was that we didn’t play our best lacrosse.”

Ahead of Saturday’s game, head coach Kayla Treanor said the team’s second loss of the season against Florida was difficult but motivating.

Kayla Treanor is in a grey zip-up jacket, holding her right hand around her mouth to yell out at the field with two Syracuse players flanking her in the background.
Head Coach Kayla Treanor (middle) encourages her team to focus on one game at a time.

The Orange can pack away their suitcases, at least for now. After traveling for five of their last six games, Syracuse will remain in Central New York for their next seven. With only eight games left in the regular season, Syracuse’s schedule on paper looks easier too. The Orange faced eight top-25 ranked opponents in their first nine games, went 7-2 so far on the season, and are undefeated at home. Last season, Syracuse only lost one game at home.

But while the Orange don’t have any more top-ranked opponents on their schedule, Coach Kayla Treanor said it’s not a time to relax. “There’s no easy game…it’s always a battle.”

This is the first meeting between historic programs Temple and Syracuse. Temple women’s lacrosse is 7-3 on the season and hasn’t faced a top-five ranked opponent since 2016. The Owls’ midfielder Bella Mastropietro was just added to the Tewaaraton Watchlist this week, where she joins six Syracuse players, including recent addition midfielder Sam Swart. Temple is coming off a 13-10 win against Monmouth and is on a two-game win streak.