Women’s Tournament The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team is chasing their NCAA Championship dreams as they face off with Northwestern University in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament in Evanston, Illinois, on Thursday. The No. 5-seeded Orange women broke open a close game in the third quarter and beat Princeton, 13-9, in their second-round game on Sunday. With the game tied at 7-7 in the third quarter, the Orange’s unleashed four goals in less than five minutes off Emily Hawryschuk, Meaghan Tyrrell, Olivia Adamson and Natalie Smith. Now Syracuse will face the No. 4-seeded Northwestern Wildcats, who are coming off a 15-12 win over Michigan. Northwestern got out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter, from which Michigan simply couldn’t recover. This will be Northwestern’s fourth straight appearance in an NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinal. For Syracuse, it’s the third consecutive appearance and a chance to get one step closer to the Championship title they almost held in 2021. Top Performers:
- Emmi Bison, Valley Regional: Bison had three goals and three assists for six points in Valley Regional’s 20-13 loss to North Branford.
- Caroline Colton, Somers: The senior scored six goals, including the equalizer in regulation and the winner in overtime, as Somers defeated RHAM 17-16. Jamie Anthony, a junior midfielder, scored five goals, and both Colton and Anthony have surpassed 50 goals for the season.
- Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Old Lyme: The sophomore scored seven goals and added one assist in Old Lyme’s 16-14 victory over Cromwell.
Men’s Tournament: The Scarlet Knights play the Quakers this Saturday on Long Island at noon, with the winner advancing to Championship Weekend. The winner advances to the Final Four and Championship Weekend, hallowed ground that has eluded Rutgers to this point in history. For the second straight season, Rutgers is heading back to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Knights look to build off last Sunday’s dominant win over Harvard, in which Ross Scott netted eight goals in front of 5,212 fans at the friendly confines of Yurcak Field. Penn sits at 11-4 overall and compiled a 3-3 record in the Ivy League by a landslide, the nation’s top Division 1 men’s lacrosse conference. The Quakers’ four losses are against Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, and Brown – all NCAA tournament teams. They’ve since won seven games in a row. Against common opponents, both Penn and Rutgers are 2-1. The Quakers defeated Princeton and Penn State but lost to Michigan, while the Knights lost to Princeton but defeated Penn State and Michigan. All-American senior midfielder Sam Handley makes the Quakers go, leading the team with 70 points (36 goals, 34 assists). Senior attackman Dylan Gergar has scored 48 goals this season to go along with his 16 assists.