Syracuse women's lacrosse drops its regular season finale
It was a heartbreaking night for the No. 1 Syracuse women’s lacrosse team last night as they ended their winning streak with their first loss of the season against No. 5 Boston College, the Eagles winning 17-16. This loss now gives the Eagles the first seed going into tournament play. After beating Syracuse, the Eagles now own the title of co-champions of the ACC alongside their opponent Syracuse.
It was a shocking ending to what was a great start for the Orange. The Eagles had the first lead after their first goal in the beginning of the game put them up 1-0. After that it was all Orange as Syracuse scored the next six goals. Syracuse ended the half with an 11-6 lead. Syracuse dominated the first half and kept some of that momentum during the third quarter, but the Eagles started to make a comeback. Where it all went wrong was in the fourth quarter, as the Orange only scored two out of the nine goals, the Eagles holding the momentum all the way until the end.
The player that sparked the game was Belle Smith for BC. She scored a total of seven points, five assists and two goals. Yet it was Maddy Baxter that helped the Orange get more points on the board for the total of 16. She scored a career high of four goals, three of those were in the first half. Sierra Cockerille was also one for the Orange to put several points on the board.
Though the Orange ended their winning streak, it was still a historic game for one player, Meaghan Tyrrell. She not only tied Katie Rowan in career points at Syracuse earlier in the game. Then later in the game, surpassing Rowan to take the title as SU’s all-time leading point getter with a total of 397 points. And that historic point to put her in first place, was an assist to her sister Emma Tyrrell, that being a special moment for not only Meaghan but her sister being able to celebrate it with her.
Next up, the Orange play their first game in the ACC Tournament as the number two seed. They will take on the winner of the first round game between 7 seed Virginia and 10 seed Pittsburgh. Syracuse will take the stage for postseason play Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m..