SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 3 Syracuse University defeated the No. 18 Towson University women’s lacrosse team 18-7 on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomores Kelly Murkey and Andi Raymond scored two goals each to lead the Tigers (4-2).
The Tigers opened the first half with strong play on the offensive end. Goals from sophomores Kelly Murkey and Andi Raymond gave the visitors a 2-1 lead with 24:01 to play in the half. The Orange (4-2) would score the next four goals of the game to take a 5-2 lead with 14:40 remaining in the half.
Raymond’s second goal of the game broke up the Syracuse run and pulled the Tigers to within two, at 5-3 with 11:11 to go in the half. Syracuse would score five of the final six goals in the half to take a 10-4 lead at the break. Junior Kelly Custer scored off an assist from senior Sarah Appelt for the Tigers’ goal during that stretch.
Syracuse held a 14-9 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in draw controls.
The Orange scored the first goal of the second half before sophomore Rhiannon Coogle scored to make it an 11-5 game with 28:31 to play. Syracuse would score six times in the next 17 minutes to take a 17-5 lead with 11:10 to play. Towson closed the game by scoring two of the final three goals. Murkey scored her second of the game before Appelt scored on a free position shot.
Towson out shot the Orange, 13-9 in the second half as Syracuse finished the game with a 23-22 advantage. Syracuse won 15 of the 27 draw controls in the game. Both teams collected 12 ground balls.
Alyssa Constantino made three saves in the first half to earn in the win in goal. Kelse Richardson made seven saves in the second half for the Orange. Senior Mary Teeters made four saves in goal for the Tigers while playing 48:11. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly played the other 11:49 for the Tigers.
Raymond led the Tigers with two goals and one assist while Murkey had the two goals. Appelt finished with a goal and an assist in the game.
Michelle Tumolo led Syracuse with five goals and three assists in the game while Alyssa Murray had three goals and two assists.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 17 when they host Richmond at 1 p.m.