May 19, 2007
Evanston, Ill. -
Seventh-ranked Syracuse's season came to an end in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship, losing a hard-fought contest at top-ranked and two-time defending national champions No. 1/1 Northwestern, 14-9. Despite the loss, the Orange ended its season with a school-record 13 wins and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
Freshman Halley Quillinan led the SU offense with three goals, while sophomore Katie Rowan also posted three points on a goal and two assists. With her three points and one goal, Rowan extended her single-season school records to 86 points and 59 goals. In addition, with her three goals, Quillinan established a freshman record with 50 goals in her rookie season. She entered the game tied with Christina Dove, who was held scoreless but held on to the freshman-points record with 58 points.
Sophomore Amber Pardee-Hill stopped 13 shots in the cage and set the single-season school record in saves. Pardee-Hill raised her 2007 saves total to 193, topping the previous mark of 186, set by Clothilde Ewing in 1999.
The Wildcats (19-1) opened the contest strong, scoring five of the first six goals to claim a 5-1 advantage with 18:26 remaining. The Orange fought back and Rowan ignited a 4-0 SU run with Quillinan scoring a goal and Mosenson adding the last two as Syracuse tied the contest at five. After Northwestern reclaimed the lead, DePetris found Brady on a free-position setup to knot the game at six with 55 seconds remaining in the half.
The Wildcats found the back of the cage with 13 seconds left and had another opportunity to add a goal in the closing seconds, but Pardee-Hill, who recorded nine first-half saves, made a point-blank save to keep the Orange within one at the intermission, 7-6.
Northwestern struck first in the second stanza, scoring 3:04 into the half. Quillinan responded with her third goal of the afternoon to bring the Orange back within one but Northwestern controlled the game after that. The Wildcats scored the next four goals and held SU scoreless for nearly 11 minutes until Brady scored on a free-position goal with 11:53 remaining. The Wildcats tallied two more times and Looney finished the scoring with 2:56 left as Northwestern prevailed, 14-9.
In addition to its single-season record of 13 wins, the Orange also added to single-season scoring record. The Orange raised its school-record goal total to 289, crushing the previous record of 205, set during the 2005 season.