WASHINGTON, D.C. - No. 1 seed Syracuse (15-3) beat No. 4 seed Connecticut 19-6 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship held at Georgetown University. Junior Alyssa Murray, the league's Attack Player of the Year, had five points while freshman teammate Kayla Treanor chipped in six points, including four goals.
Syracuse scored the first two goals of the game, before UConn answered with a pair of goals to knot it 2-2, with 19:01 left in the first half. The Orange went on a 6-0 run over the next ten minutes and held an 8-2 advantage with 9:23 left in the first half, a lead they would not relinquish. Syracuse led 11-4 at intermission.
Interview with Syracuse head coach Gary Gait
Interview with Syracuse junior Alyssa Murray
UConn (13-4), in the midst of its best season in school history, was making its first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. The Huskies are under the direction of BIG EAST Coach of the Year Katie Woods. Junior Lauren Kahn, who scored had three points against Syracuse, including two goals, was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year.
The Huskies will await word on an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship. The selection show is on Sunday evening, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Orange lead the all-time series 17-0 against UConn. With the win Syracuse will face either Georgetown or Loyola. Georgetown is the No. 2 seed and is hosting No. 3 seed Loyola at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday evening.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship
Hosted by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Semifinals, May 2 - streamed live on www.bigeast.tv
#4 seed Connecticut 6, #1 seed Syracuse 19
#3 seed Loyola vs. #2 seed Georgetown 45 minutes after the conclusion of first semifinal
Title Game, May 4 - CBS Sports Network
1 p.m. ET