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a key component to Syracuse success offensively was their convincing edge at the draw circle. In the second half, it was the Tar Heels who outdrew the Orange as UNC battled its way back into a tie game with 12:27 left to play in regulation.
The Orange led most of the box score categories on Saturday and the foul column was no exception. The Orange committed 22 fouls in the second half three shy of UNC total on the afternoon as the Heels inched their way back in the game. With multiple fouls being called followed by minutes of back and forth banter and stoppage of play, there were noticeable momentum shifts arguably effected by the lag of time between whistles blown and play resuming. Her encore performance on Saturday afternoon was equally impressive, as she was an unstoppable force in the Carrier Dome leading all scorers with seven goals. probably the only player in the country that scored seven goals Nike Vapormax Shoes
goals per game average this spring.
On Saturday afternoon, two of the nation highest scoring offenses clashed in the Carrier Dome in a surprisingly low scoring affair. Jumping out to an early first half lead (6 3), Syracuse held on throughout the second half to top the No. 1 ranked Heels, 12 9, in front of a crowd of 2,142.
Levy credited the Syracuse defense for an extremely well executed defensive game plan on Saturday afternoon. With the majority of North Carolina offense this year coming on 1v1 opportunities, the Orange opted for its signature backer defense with Mallory Vehar playing the vital role. Limiting 1v1 opportunities with quick slides and early doubles, the defense swarmed UNC early and often as the Heels rattled off only 16 shots well below their season average of 32 shots per game.
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As we seen in so many games this spring, a team success at the draw circle often dictates its success in the scoring column and Saturday afternoon was no different. Though the Orange and the Heels opted for an up and down, fast paced style of play, it was the draws especially early on that allowed Syracuse to possess and find its rhythm offensively.
Syracuse committed 37 fouls to North Carolina 25.
With junior attacker Kailah Kempney (3 DC) and senior draw specialist Kirkland Locey (3 DC) taking an equal amount of draws throughout the No. 1 vs. No. 3 matchup on Saturday afternoon, North Carolina could not find an answer for the duo dominance especially early on. Jumping out to an early 6 3 lead in the first half, Nike Vapormax Plus White
Though Syracuse outshot UNC 31 16, rookie Caylee Waters recorded a career high 13 saves. The rookie stopped a career high 13 shots and played a crucial role in UNC ability to stay in the game on Saturday afternoon. Conversely, Syracuse goalkeepers recorded two saves, combined, on the afternoon to rival the Darien, CT, native in net.
Syracuse had only six turnovers, while North Carolina committed 11 eight in the first half.
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Though North Carolina didn possess the ball early on in the ACC battle, when they did gain possession they were plagued by turnovers. The UNC offense was unable to find its rhythm early on in the first half, as errant passes Nike Vapormax X Off White and poor shooting decisions were common errors for the young Heel attack.
on that team twice, Gary Gait was quoted in his post game press conference. play everybody in the country almost, the top teams, and she certainly the best we played this season, Jenny Levy commented in the following press conference. have to be careful because if you hone in too much on her, then she ends up having six assists. She's a great player. A mix of face guard and different defenders, including some of the nation best in Sloane Serpe and Stephanie Lobb, were thrown at the sophomore; but each time, she responded with her innate ability to put the ball in the back of the net. Tryout Pool: Liz HoganILWomen Postseason: Co Attackers of the YearSyracuse's Season Ends in Championship DefeatMaryland Earns 11th Title as Terps Top Syracuse, 15 12
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While its been classmates Sydney Holman (2G, 2A vs. SU), Maggie Bill, Molly Hendrick (1 G) and Carly Reed (1G) garnering much of the early and midseason hype for UNC, Caylee Waters impact on Saturday afternoon game was only rivaled by that of Syracuse attacker Kayla Treanor (7G) as she made quite a statement for herself in showing what she's capable of, event in defeat.
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