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After opening the season with a tightly contested 12-9 win against Stanford, Syracuse faced Binghamton in its second game of the season. The highest the Orange have ever scored in a game is 25 goals, and SU was two shy of that number as a result of its offensive prowess throughout the game.
Here are some observations from No. 3 Syracuse’s (2-0) 23-6 victory over Binghamton (0-1):
Spread the wealth
Against Stanford, Syracuse relied heavily on Meaghan Tyrrell’s six goals. But on Sunday, everyone got involved in the attack to get Syracuse to 23 goals, including 13 just in the first half.
Emily Hawryschuk opened up the scoring after taking advantage of a one-on-one opportunity against Kelly Quinn. Following that, freshman Olivia Adamson, who scored the first goal of the season against Stanford, also earned her second goal after a free position shot.
Syracuse extended its lead by giving different players opportunities to attack the net, as the next four goals came from four different players. First, Meaghan helped Savannah Sweitzer score her first goal of the season by giving her an assist. Then Sierra Cockerille, Maddy Baxter and Meaghan all chipped in with goals of their own to extend the lead to 6-0.
By the end of the half, eight different players had already scored for the Orange, and 11 scored by the end of the game. Three different players scored at least three goals, too.
Add it to the highlight reel
With two minutes left in the first period, Meaghan sized up Paige Alletzhauser before taking a step left. She then quickly shifted her body right, and Alletzhauser was caught off guard and lost her footing.
After leaving Alletzhauser in the dust, Meaghan headed toward the net, switched her stick over and put it in the top left corner of the net behind Emily Manning. When the replay showed on the big screen, the crowd and team reacted with an “oooh.”
Megan Carney didn’t let Meaghan get all the shine, though, and she added a highlight play of her own in the middle of the second period. Meaghan sent Carney a pass across the net, and with her back turned and eyes away from the net, Carney whipped in a shot from behind her back and immediately dropped her stick when it went in.
For her fourth goal of the game, Carney allowed Meaghan to get in on the action, sending her a high pass right in front of the net. Meaghan raised her stick, caught it in mid air and thrusted her stick forward to score a goal before she landed on the ground to extend Syracuse’s lead to 16-3.
Hawryschuk still working off the rust
The sixth-year graduate student showed flashes of her past self and opened up the game with a goal after taking on a defender one-on-one and then dodging another to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead, but she also struggled at times.
SU’s 2019 goal leader missed a shot following her goal after drawing multiple defenders to her. Then, five minutes into the second period, Hawryschuk cut across the net and received a pass but couldn’t convert on the move.
Later in the second period, Hawryschuk took a Binghamton defender one-on-one behind the net and it looked like she scored a goal, but it was waved off after it was ruled she got a yellow card for a dangerous play.
In the second period, Hawryschuk scooped a loose ball up at midfield and took it all the way down behind the net. She momentarily stopped, and then she attacked from behind the net after holding the ball for almost a minute. Hawryschuk dodged before getting caught up in her own footwork, which knocked her over.
She eventually got her second goal of the night on a free position, though, and finished the game with two goals and two turnovers.
Looking at the stat sheet, Meaghan’s goal in the second quarter appeared unassisted. However, Katelyn Mashewske won the draw right before and passed it up to Meaghan, allowing her to score the goal.
Mashewske won the first six draws of the game, helping the Orange to a 6-0 start on the scoreboard. It wasn’t just Mashewske who deserved credit, though, as multiple times after she forced the ball in Syracuse’s direction, Cockerille or another player was right there to scoop up the loose ball.
Binghamton won a few draw controls in the second and third period, but Mashewske gave them up for illegal positioning, so it was rare that Syracuse actually lost when the ball was live.
Syracuse scored 23 goals on the game due to a strong attack, but continuously winning the draw helped give Syracuse more opportunities as well. In total, the Orange bested Binghamton 22 to 8 on the draw.
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