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Syracuse women’s lacrosse survives and advances, narrowly defeating Fairfield to move on in the NCAA tournament

Syracuse attacker Olivia Adamson yells in the center of the photo as her stick drops to the ground
Olivia Adamson (1) celebrates after one of her five goals on the day against Fairfield.

Up five goals at the end of the third, the No. 5 Syracuse Orange were just 15 minutes from a trip to the second round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament. Behind five goals in the first three quarters from freshman attacker Olivia Adamson, Syracuse held an 11-6 lead. After losing their last two games, the final regular-season match against #3 Boston College and an ACC tournament loss to #16 Virginia, the Orange had extra motivation to get the victory.

Adamson led the game in scoring, and her five goals were a career-high. But the Fairfield Stags would not go quietly. Just over a minute into the fourth, Fairfield’s Maggie Fort scored her second goal of the game to cut Syracuse’s lead. A minute later, Elizabeth Talluto scored to put the Stags within three.

The Stags held the Orange to just one goal in the final quarter, a free-position goal for attacker Meaghan Tyrrell, her 70th goal of the season. Tyrrell’s performance against Fairfield strengthens her Tewaaraton Award campaign as one of five finalists for the sports’ top award. Tyrrell scored three goals and earned her 100th point of the season, becoming just the third player in Syracuse program history to earn 100 points in multiple seasons

Syracuse attacker Meaghan Tyrrell runs down the field with the ball in her stick
Meaghan Tyrrell (18) scored a hat-trick against Fairfield and became the sixth woman in Syracuse lacrosse history to earn 300 career points.

Though outscored 5-1 in the fourth, the Orange held off the Stags to advance to the next round of the NCAA tournament. After an early exit in the ACC tournament, where the Orange lost 18-14 to the 16th ranked Virginia squad, Syracuse (14-5) looks to have a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

Up next, Syracuse faces off against Princeton at noon on Sunday, May 15th.