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No. 2 Syracuse women's lacrosse blows out UAlbany 22-5, moves to 5-0

Emma Ward tied her career-high with seven points in SU's win over UAlbany.
Emma Ward tied her career-high with seven points in No. 2 Syracuse's win over UAlbany.

Having scored two goals in the game's first five minutes, Megan Carney darted toward the crease, looking for more. Meaghan Tyrrell found Carney, who slotted a shot past the outstretched stick of UAlbany goalkeeper Aislinn Sweeney, padding the Orange's lead to four midway through the first period.

No. 2 SU women's lacrosse had total control (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in its 22-5 win over UAlbany (2-3, 0-0 America East). After the Great Danes tied the game at one, the Orange rattled off 12 unanswered goals from seven different players. Syracuse connected on 22 of its 32 shots and outdrew UAlbany 23-5 en route to its fifth straight win to start the season.

"[Our players] talk about making that extra pass. They like to play that way which is so cool, so unique. I think it's a result of everyone buying in and playing together," head coach Kayla Treanor said.

UAlbany controlled the opening draw, but Sarah Falk's shot was saved comfortably by SU goalkeeper Delaney Sweitzer. Meaghan Tyrrell sprinted downfield and found teammate Megan Carney, who scored the game's first goal.

Following an equalizing score from Great Danes' Ava Poupard, the Orange scored 12 consecutive goals, capitalizing on free positions. On its first attempt, Natalie Smith fired a rocket past the outstretched stick of UAlbany goalkeeper Aislinn Sweeney. Later, Tessa Queri found Emma Ward cutting around the crease, wrapping a shot into the back of the net.

Carney struck twine a third time just over five minutes into the game. The graduate student notched her fifth hat trick in as many contests, giving Syracuse a 5-1 lead.

"We focused a lot on ball movement and the free-flow offense this week. That's just something we're passionate about at Syracuse because we can all handle and move the ball so well," Carney said.

Despite being knocked to the ground on a shot attempt, Jane Markey's precision tallied the Orange's sixth goal. Meaghan Tyrrell jumped into the act in the closing minutes of the first, adding three goals and achieving a hat trick with three seconds remaining. SU connected in all 11 shots in the first period and held a 10-goal lead after 15 minutes.

Both squads turned the ball over to start the second period, but Smith scored first to extend the Syracuse lead. Delaney Sweitzer deflected another shot off the stick of Falk, and after a successful clear, Savannah Sweitzer notched her first goal of the afternoon, growing the SU lead to 13-1.

Shonly Wallace scored shorthanded for the Great Danes, snapping a scoring drought of over 22 minutes and ending a 12-0 Orange run. After a failed clear attempt by UAlbany, Emma Tyrrell found Olivia Adamson, who scored the final goal of the first half for the Orange.

Adamson picked up right where she left off, scoring the second half's opening goal. Ward tallied her fifth of the game, her most since a contest against the Great Danes on April 13, 2021.

"I couldn't have five assists unless people I'm throwing the ball to finished their goal. We really worked on finishing the ball on practice this week, and we were doing that today," Ward said.

Delaney Sweitzer made her fifth save on a free position shot by Katie Pascale, then Sierra Cockerille scored her first goal of the afternoon. Following another score from Savannah Sweitzer, Kate Mashewske won another draw to start the SU offense. Mashewske finished with 17 of Syracuse's 23 draw controls, while the entire UAlbany roster combined for five. Later on that possession, Cockerille quickly added another goal on a pass from Meaghan Tyrrell, extending SU's lead to 18-2.

With a comfortable lead, Kimber Howard took over for Sweitzer in goal with five minutes left in the third period. Three minutes later, on a free position, Ward took two steps toward the crease and fired a bullet past UAlbany's backup goalie Grace Cincebox. The Orange won all six draws and connected on all five shots in the third quarter.

Megan Carney scored a season-high five goals and moved into 10th place on the all-time Syracuse points list.
Megan Carney scored a season-high five goals and moved into 10th place on the all-time Syracuse points list.

Carney recorded her fifth goal on a pass from Meaghan Tyrrell off a free position to start the fourth period. It was the attacker's season-high in scores and her most since Duke on March 6, 2022. With seven minutes left, Gracie Britton tallied her first career goal on a pass from Olivia Adamson. Minutes later, Adamson followed with her own score, giving her a hat trick for the first time this season.

No. 2 Syracuse women's lacrosse is back in action against Virginia Tech on Sunday. Opening draw is set for 11:00 a.m. in the JMA Wireless Dome.