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No. 4 Syracuse women’s lacrosse preps for a fourth top-10 matchup

 Emily Hawryschuk (51), Megan Carney (22), Meaghan Tyrrell (18), and Jalyn Jimerson (29) come together for a team high five, all wearing white jerseys and holding their sticks.
Syracuse women’s lacrosse celebrated a team-win against Temple ahead of sixth-ranked Loyola on Tuesday.

Four days after a 15-goal win, the Orange are facing off with undefeated sixth-ranked Loyola in the Carrier Dome. WAER’s Lauren Helmbrecht shares how Syracuse’s recent victory sets the team up for success against the Greyhounds.

During the second half of Syracuse’s 22-7 win over Temple on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, coach Kayla Treanor had the opportunity to rest some of her star players and give more of her team a chance to take the field. Starters Emma and Meaghan Tyrrell had already notched five goals apiece and Emma earned a career-best eight points. But after strong performances, the Tyrrells were mainly excited for their teammates.

“We had a lot of people who had points…Natalie Smith had two goals. Those are the things that you want to celebrate,” said Meaghan Tyrrell in the post-game press conference. Her sister Emma agreed. “It's a huge confidence builder. Having people that don't usually score a lot of points for us. They come in and start scoring two or three goals, having assists, and making plays.”

Natalie Smith scored two goals and added an assist for a season-high three points on the day. Smith joined nine different goal scorers, including Jenny Markey and Maddy Baxter.

Coach Kayla Treanor was excited about the depth of her team, especially ahead of this next game.

“I mean, it's great because we have a huge opponent coming on Tuesday night. So you know, anytime you can rest on your players, that's awesome. But I think it was great to just have the players that came in off the bench just step up and make plays it was so great to see.”

The Orange are 5-0 at home in the Dome and are gearing up to face undefeated Loyola. The Greyhounds are the sixth-ranked team in the nation and only one of two undefeated teams remaining in Division I play.

Syracuse is familiar with top-ranked talent this year. Loyola is Syracuse’s ninth-ranked opponent in its first eleven games. Amongst top-ten talent, the Orange are 2-1 so far on the season.

Natalie Smith on the ground clapping in a white jersey, looking towards the camera
Natalie Smith (15) celebrates a goal in her three-point performance against Temple.

Livy Rosenzweig leads the Greyhounds in points and goals with 37 and 26 respectively. The graduate attacker is familiar with the Orange — Loyola and Syracuse last met in the 2021 NCAA Tournament’s second round. Syracuse held Rosenzweig to two points, tied for a season-low. Meaghan Tyrrell led the Orange with 10 points in Syracuse’s 20-8 victory.

Opening draw in the Carrier Dome is set for 6 p.m.