SU defense proves strong in weekend split
The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team split a couple of Big East contests this weekend. No. 9 SU (7-4, 2-1 Big East) defeated UConn (7-5, 0-3) Friday, easily edging the Huskies, 11-2, in Storrs, Conn.
The potent SU defense forced 17 turnovers in the contest and only allowed one goal in each half, the fewest number of goals the Orange has allowed in a game all season. Senior attack Halley Quillinan recorded three goals for the Orange in addition to three caused turnovers, four ground balls and one draw control.
On Sunday Syracuse had its biggest conference test of the season as the Orange traveled to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 16 Notre Dame (8-4, 4-1).
Syracuse struggled mightily in the first half as the Fighting Irish held a 6-0 lead heading into the break. But in the first 18:26 of the second half, SU scored five unanswered goals, cutting the Notre Dame lead to one. That would be all the scoring, however, as the Fighting Irish edged Syracuse 6-5.
Freshman midfielder Tegan Brown had a goal and two assists for SU, and junior attack Tee Ladouceur added a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder Christina Dove failed to score a goal in this contest, snapping her streak of consecutive games with a goal at 50. Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome this weekend as it hosts a pair of Big East contests. SU will play Loyola Friday at 6 p.m. and will round out its weekend against Villanova Sunday at 1 p.m.
Track and field
Led by Michael LeBlanc, the Syracuse track and field team received two first-place finishes at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Competing against individuals from across the country, LeBlanc took home the team’s only individual title with a time of 10.43 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
And the 4 x 100-meter race team, also led by LeBlanc, came in first place. Jarret Eaton, Amadou Gueye and Tyler McCully rounded out the relay team that came out on top.
LeBlanc continued his hot streak with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 21.46.
Meanwhile, Jon Buice came in 16th place in the men’s high jump with a 1.91-meter leap.
Lorraine Hill narrowly missed a top 10 finish, coming in 12th place in the javelin throw with a 41.63-meter mark.
Back east, All-American Uhunoma Osazuwa, representing the Orange at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., came in second place in the heptathlon. Osazuwa’s next competition will be at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 22.
SU heads to Princeton, N.J., this weekend to compete in the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational.
— Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff
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