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STAFF : Field hockey splits pair of road games against ranked teams

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Syracuse jumped out to a two-goal halftime lead at North Carolina on Friday, but it all fell apart in the second half. The No. 5 Orange allowed three goals in the final 20:24 to the No. 2 Tar Heels, eventually falling 3-2 on the road.North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) outshot Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 Big East) 22-3 and took 12 penalty corners compared to just two for the Orange.SU senior forward Heather Susek and senior midfielder Liz McInerney both beat UNC goalkeeper Caitlin Powers in the first half. However, the Orange was unable to beat Powers’ second-half replacement in goal, Sassi Ammer.Abby Free put North Carolina on the board in the 50th minute, scoring off a rebound on a penalty corner. Kelsey Kolojejchick accounted for UNC’s second and third goals, scoring in the 61st and 63rd minutes. Both goals came off rebounds.Syracuse junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver recorded a career-high 14 saves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Orange bounced back with a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Wake Forest. But early in the game, it appeared SU could be leaving Chapel Hill, N.C., with two losses.Rae Lizzie put the Demon Deacons (1-3, 0-0 ACC) on the board first, scoring on a penalty corner in the eighth minute.But Syracuse junior forward Kelsey Millman answered later with her first of two goals.Junior midfielder Haley Bomboy tipped the ball in from the left side in the 31st minute to give the Orange a lead it would not relinquish.Susek and Millman each netted goals late in the second half to finish off the scoring for Syracuse.SU has another doubleheader this weekend as it takes on No. 6 Ohio State (2-3, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 12 Old Dominion (4-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Buckeye Varsity Field on the OSU campus.VolleyballSyracuse lost for the first time this season to Utah State 3-1 on Friday at the Utah State Tournament. The Orange bounced back with a sweep over Texas State and a 3-1 victory over Idaho State later Saturday.SU (5-2, 0-0 Big East) then concluded the weekend with a 3-2 loss to Utah Valley on Monday. The Orange blew a two-set lead in the match.Outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre became the 11th member of the 1,000-dig club on Friday. She tied for the team lead with seven kills against Texas State before matching her season high with 16 against Idaho State.Lefebvre was joined by fellow senior Ashley Williams on the all-tournament team. The defensive specialist led the team in digs in each of the tournament’s three games, highlighted by a 28-dig performance against Utah State.Junior Samantha Hinz contributed six kills in the sweep over Texas State and 11 blocks against Idaho State. Senior Laura Homann tallied a season-high 50 assists against Utah Valley to bring her total to 271 on the season.Syracuse returns to New York for the Long Island University Tournament in Brookeville, N.Y., this weekend. SU will face tournament host Long Island on Friday before a Saturday doubleheader with Temple and Lehigh.Women’s SoccerDespite controlling possession for much of its game at Rhode Island, Syracuse lost to the Rams 2-1 on Sunday. The Orange outshot Rhode Island 12-6 in the game but couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities.SU (1-2-1) cut a two-goal Rams (3-0-1) lead to one on sophomore defender Cecelia Borgstrom’s first career goal at the end of the first half. The goal came 13 seconds after Rhode Island went up 2-0 on a header by Stephanie Santos. Both Rams goals came off free kicks.The Orange failed to score on five shots in the second half of the loss. The team has lost both games this season by a single goal.Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Anghel saved four shots in goal for SU.The Orange travels to Fairfield, Conn., to play in the Fairfield University 20th Anniversary Invitational this weekend. SU faces Fairfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Central Connecticut Sunday at noon.Cross CountryThe Syracuse men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the regular season in style on Saturday, winning both the men’s 6,000-meter race and the women’s 4,200-meter race at the Harry Lang Invitational in Hamilton, N.Y.Top runners for the Orange didn’t compete, making it possible for younger team members to gain some experience.For the men’s 6K race, freshman Jon Squeri finished second overall, clocking a time of 20:54. Sophomore Joseph Bubniak finished close behind with a time of 21:13. David Wilson (21:18), Matthew Bennett (21:32), Jonathan Aziz (21:42) and Andrew Nelson (21:44) also contributed to the team’s performance, finishing fourth through seventh, respectively.Rebekah MacKay placed the highest for the women’s team with a time of 16:11, earning second place. Also running for the Orange women were Alexandra Clinton (16:30), Carly Hamond (16:35), Brenna Symoniak (16:52), Erin Cawley (16:55) and Katie Weisenburger (16:59), finishing third through seventh for SU, respectively.The Harry Lang Invitational was the first of two meets held by Colgate University. The Orange harriers will be back in Hamilton for the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 17.last_img

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