NCAA Championship Bracket
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Despite a game-high six points, including four goals from freshman Kayla Treanor, Syracuse lost to No. 1 seed Maryland 11-10 in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship held at Villanova Stadium. The No. 4 seed Orange (18-4) rallied from a 7-4 halftime deficit and tied the game 9-9 with 21 minutes left in regulation, but saw Maryland (22-0) score with 2:51 remaining to win it.
"I'm very proud of my team and the effort they gave throughout the entire game," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "They never gave up. They got down a couple of times but they rallied, fought back and gave it everything they had."
Junior Katie Webster broke the tie, giving Syracuse its first lead of the game at 10-9 with 18:31 on the clock, marking the first time Maryland had trailed in more than 800 minutes of play. It would be SU's final goal of the game.
The Orange won the ensuing draw but turned it over and Maryland took advantage, tying the game on McPartland's goal at the 16:51 mark. The score remained tied until the 2:51 mark when the Terrapins took the lead for good. Twice Syracuse had possession of the ball behind its own net after missed shots by Maryland but turned it over both times. The Terrapins finally converted when Brooke Griffin scored the game winner on an assist from Schwarzmann. Maryland won the ensuing draw and ran out the clock for the victory.
"We made some mistakes when we had chances to make plays," Gait said. "It's tough. The pressure is on the kids in a tight game. You drop a pass, you didn't back up the goal and you don't score. It's funny how time goes by when you score three or four in a row and then it becomes more difficult to score. Both teams saw that in the second half."
Treanor capped a record-breaking freshman season as the highest-scoring freshman in school history with 95 points. That also ties her for seventh on the school's single-season scoring list. In addition, her 71 goals are the fourth-highest total in program history.
Maryland outshot Syracuse, 25-19, and picked up 12 ground balls to nine for the Orange. The Terrapins held a slight advantage on the draw, winning 12-of-22. Sophomore Kelsey Richardson made four saves in the first half, while junior Alyssa Costantino had five in the second half.