4th quarter comeback not enough in No. 4 SU’s 15-13 loss to No. 3 Boston College

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — As Boston College announced their starting rosters, Kayla Treanor stood at the 50-yard line to greet her former players with handshakes and hugs.

Last season, before being named Syracuse’s head coach, Treanor was an assistant for BC, celebrating an NCAA championship win over Syracuse. The Orange could only see that their efforts were not enough to beat the Eagles for their first ever national title.

Friday, in the first meeting between the two teams since last May, things remained the same even with Treanor sidelined for Syracuse, and SU (13-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to Boston College 15- 13 (14-3, 6-2) after a fourth-quarter comeback attempt failed.

Last year in the championship, All-American Charlotte North opened the scoring, but on Friday Syracuse’s leading scorer Meaghan Tyrrell scored the game’s first goal. Olivia Adamson passed him behind the net, and she attacked down the right side and gave Syracuse the lead.

After North won the following draw, Sarah Cooper fouled Courtney Taylor in an effort to win the ball back. But Cooper pushed on and forced the ball loose on his next shot, giving possession to Syracuse before Boston College had another chance to attack.

However, Sam Swart turned the ball over on a bad pass which left shooting space for North at the other end. North, who scored six goals in the league game last season, easily netted their opening goal to tie the game.

On Syracuse’s second goal, Meg Carney fired a shot from close range. SU had played their previous three games without her after leaving with an aggravated knee injury against UNC, but the senior had an instant impact on her return, allowing Syracuse to regain the lead.

After Carney’s goal, sophomore midfielder Jenny Markey had a free position opportunity after a three-second Boston College violation. Markey scored his fifth goal in the last two games to give Syracuse a 3-1 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.

Belle Smith came back with her own goal, but on the next possession Hawryschuk, Syracuse’s new leading scorer, did what she’s done so many times in her career and ran through three Boston College defenders before throwing a shot past Rachel Hall to restore the lead to two goals. The Eagles, however, scored two more goals to tie the game at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, Boston College won the tie and got a free position opportunity, but couldn’t convert and missed the shot. Still, Syraucse went cold in attack for the first five minutes, and Hawryschuk, usually a constant free position shooter, found herself high right from the eight-yard arc, but her long shot went into the cross-bar.

The Eagles took advantage of SU’s mistakes, and with the defensive focus on North, she played distributor and helped Cassidy Weeks give the Eagles the lead for the first time of the night, 5-4.

With five minutes left in the quarter, Swart faked a throw to Adamson, who then cut to the net for a better angle, Swart found space for his first goal of the game. Syracuse tied the game two minutes later in a similar game, but this time it was Carney against Tyrrell. To end the half, however, North registered another assist when she circled the net and found Smith on the other side in the open, and Syracuse trailed by one before halftime.

To start the second half, the Oranges lost the ball in attack after a poor pass from Maddy Baxter, and the Eagles scored in transition to take an 8-6 lead. Then Kayla Martello grabbed the ball from the right side of the eight-yard box and before a Syracuse defender could get close to her, she hit the shot for a Boston College three-goal lead.

BC had a chance to add to that lead on the ensuing possession, but Moss turned the ball over on a free position attempt. Syracuse cleared the ball at the other end and Hallie Simkins drew two defenders before throwing it to Hawryschuk, who danced to the front of the net and shot past Hall.

But like last year, Syracuse just couldn’t make a strong enough run, and even after a long-range goal from Natalie Smith, the defense faltered and Katie Goodale fouled Weeks, giving her a chance. from a free position she scored on, giving the Eagles a 12-8 lead late in the third quarter. And in the fourth quarter, Boston College extended their lead to five on first possession when Mashewske lost the ball to North and Smith scored.

After goals from Tyrrell and Swart, Syracuse cut the lead to three. Mashewske got another tie check after a North violation, and Tyrrell isolated his defender and threaded the needle on his fourth goal of the game, putting Syracuse to life 13-11 with 13 minutes left.

Treanor called a timeout to help Syracuse talk about their offensive plan after Mashewske won the tie. The ball was put into the hands of Hawryschuk, who recognized an isolated situation just as Tyrrell had done before, and scored the same.

After Mashewske apparently kicked the ball out of bounds after the draw, the referees called it the Syracuse lane and gave them a chance to tie the game. Hawryschuk tried to build on her earlier goal but went too far behind the net and shot wide. Natalie Smith then lost the ball afterwards, but a Hawryschuk kick to drop the ball from Sydney Scales again gave Orange the ball.

Adamson picked up the ball from the ground and passed it to a steakhouse Carney, who had no defender in front of her for the next 30 yards. But Scales made up for his turnover by rushing into the game and hitting Carney’s stick, causing him to lose the ball and prevent the goal from the fast break.

After moving the ball for 30 seconds, Mossman passed it to Smith, who ended Syracuse’s 4-0 run, replacing the Eagles twice with seven minutes remaining. Both teams went scoreless on the next two possessions, and a missed free position shot from Hawryschuk with four minutes left was blocked, and Jen Medjid scored on the other side. And 11 months after the last loss to the Eagles, it was once again the Orange who were missing – even with Treanor on their sidelines.

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