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Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse defeats Albany, 15-3

No. 4/4 Syracuse shut out UAlbany in the first half and went on to a 15-3 victory Saturday, Feb. 15. Sophomore Megan Carney led the way with a career-high five goals, while junior Sam Swart tied her career high with four points.

“It was nice to get back on the field against another opponent,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. “It was a long week of reflection and learning from the last game. We really wanted to be dialed in coming into this game knowing we have back-to-back games this weekend and it started with Albany. I think we were led today by our defense. They certainly stepped up. It’s been a long time since we we’ve had a scoreless half. It was a great half on the D side which allowed us to get in the flow on offense. It was a great overall team effort.”

Megan Carney and Sam Swart celebrate a goal against Albany.

The defenses controlled the first eight minutes of the game before senior Emily Hawryschuk converted a free-position attempt to give the Orange (2-1) the lead for good. Hawryschuk’s goal was the first of eight unanswered for Syracuse, which included three from Carney. Swart scored on a free-position attempt with five seconds left in the half to give the Orange an 8-0 halftime lead. It marks the first time the Orange have shut out an opponent in a half since Syracuse did not allow a goal to Northwestern in the first half on Feb. 27, 2017.