Syracuse Tops Villanova 3-0 in BIG EAST Championship Semifinal


Post-Game InterviewsIona Holloway - Coach Ange Bradley

No. 2 seed Syracuse beat No. 3 seed Villanova 3-0 in the second BIG EAST Semifinal on Nov. 4 in Syracuse, N.Y. The Orange advance to the BIG EAST Championship final game on Sunday, where they will face top-seeded Connecticut. This will mark the fourth-straight year that Syracuse and UConn face each other in the final game.   
Syracuse opened the scoring in the 11th minute when freshman Jordan Page dribbled into the circle, applying pressure to the Villanova defensive line. A scrum broke out in front of the cage and freshman Lauren Brooks tapped the ball into the cage for the first goal of the game. 
The Orange added to their lead in the 22nd minute on a penalty corner. Junior Iona Holloway took a ball from senior Liz McInerney and sent it into the bottom of the cage past Villanova goalkeeper Megan Goelz. 
The Wildcats ended the first period with three straight penalty corners but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Syracuse took a 2-0 lead into the half, along with a 10-2 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corners.
Emotions ran high in the second half and many fouls were called. Syracuse's Heather Susek was given a yellow card in the 45th minute and the Orange were forced to play with only 10 players for five minutes. 
Villanova was unable to make the most of the advantage as the score remained 2-0. Two additional yellow cards were distributed with 10 minutes remaining as both Syracuse's Holloway and Villanova's freshman Jessica Swoboda were forced to sit for five minutes. 
Syracuse pushed the score to 3-0 with a goal by junior Kelsey Millman. The All-BIG EAST First Team member received a pass from sophomore Leonie Geyer in the center of the circle and sent a hard shot into the cage to finish the scoring for the Orange. The score gave Millman a league-leading 18 goals this season.   
The Orange improved to 15-15 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament competition and are advancing to their 10th Championship final. 
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