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Syracuse women’s lacrosse cruises past Loyola, 20-8, in NCAA Tournament opener (full coverage)

The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team sent Loyola packing with a 20-8 win against Loyola in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The No. 3-seeded Orange finish the season series against the Greyhounds with a perfect 2-0 record, with both games sharing several similarities.

The Orange opened the season with an 18-6 win over Loyola in which Syracuse scored the first and third goals of the game before going on longer, unbroken goal streaks. The scoring success continued in Syracuse’s first game of the tournament, with the Orange going on two four-goal streaks and taking a 13-4 lead in the first half.

Meaghan Tyrrell – who has flourished since scoring three goals in that first game – scored seven goals and added three assists for 10 points. Already on her way to a spot in Syracuse history, Tyrrell cemented her place by tying the record for most goals and points in a tournament game. Her younger sister, Emma Tyrrell, posted four goals and three assists.

Sam Swart – who scored four goals against Loyola earlier this season – finished with three goals. On the other end of the field, Syracuse limited the production of Loyola’s Elli Kluegel. Kluegel is one of the top players for the Greyhounds, but after scoring only once in the season-opener, she was limited to two goals in the second-round game.

Emma Ward was the only other Syracuse player to score multiple goals, netting two. Freshman Maddy Baxter, who scored her first career goal against Loyola, found the back of the net once, making Sierra Cockerille the only healthy player from the season-opener who didn’t score again against the Greyhounds. Cara Quimby, Emily Ehle and Jenny Markey each added one goal to the scoreboard.

Syracuse’s 20 goals tied Stonybrook for the second-most scored in the second round, one behind Boston College’s 21 goals.

Asa Goldstock inched closer to the program record for career saves, making seven to move her total to 640 – 20 stops away from the No. 1 spot.

Syracuse will play No. 6 seed Florida in the quarterfinal round next week at the Syracuse University soccer stadium. Specific dates, times and locations have yet to be announced, but the Orange will play on either Saturday, May 22, or Sunday, May 23.