April 29, 2007
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The No. 2 seed Syracuse women's lacrosse team (12-4) beat No. 1 seed Georgetown (10-7) by the score of 12-7 to capture the inaugural BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship on April 29 at the Carrier Dome. SU sophomore goalkeeper Amber Pardee-Hill recorded a game-high 13 saves, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship. Six different SU players scored a goal for the Orange.
The win marked the first time Syracuse had beaten Georgetown in 11 tries.
Tied at 2-2 with 23:10 left in the first half, the Orange tallied six of the next seven scores to hold an 8-3 lead at the intermission. Syracuse scored the last five goals of the half, including goals by freshmen Christina Dove and Halley Quillinan, as well as junior Kristin Brady and sophomore Katie Rowan.
Both squads came out ready to play and scored a pair of goals in the opening minutes of the game. SU got scores from Rowan and senior Ashley Pike, while Georgetown had goals from senior Brittany Baschuk and sophomore Jordan Trautman.
As the squads alternated each of the first five scores, the Orange held the early 3-2 lead with 19:56 left in the first half. Pike accounted for two of the three SU goals. Freshman Halley Quillinan got in on the action as she put home a feed from Rowan at 16:11 to give the Orange a 4-2 lead.
Senior BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year Coco Stanwick got on the scoreboard with 15:15 left in the first half. She put home a rebound in front of the net for her 59th goal of the season, to cut the Syracuse lead to 4-2, but that would be as close as the No. 10/9 Hoyas would get. The No. 7/7 Orange answered with four straight scores.
Pardee-Hill had a solid first half as she recorded nine saves in the opening 30 minutes.
With the win, the Orange improved to 11-0 when leading at the half. Syracuse also entered the game leading the nation with 243 goals, including an average of 15.97 per game.
Pardee-Hill was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship. She recorded 11 saves against Rutgers on April 27, and held the Scarlet Knights to just seven goals. Against the Hoyas Pardee-Hill had 13 saves, and held the Hoyas to just seven scores.
The Orange will be making its sixth trip to the NCAA Championship and its first with an automatic bid. Syracuse earned at-large selections in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. First-round action is set to begin on May 13 at on-campus sites. Georgetown will await an at-large selection to be announced on May 7 at 8:00 p.m.