Women’s lacrosse falls to nationally ranked Syracuse

Women’s lacrosse was dominated in their season opener against No. 4 Syracuse, falling 21-6.

Sophomore Katie Smolensky looks for a passing lane in their game against Syracuse last Friday. Smolensky scored four points in the effort. Photo courtesy of Canisius Athletics via GoGriffs.com.

Canisius women’s lacrosse opened the season with a 21-6 loss to number four ranked Syracuse last Wednesday. The Orange were led by eight-point efforts from senior Emily Hawryschuk and sophomore Megan Carney.

Hawryschuk’s eight-point performance was a career-high for the senior, and she also achieved a second career-high with seven goals recorded. Hawryschuk’s career-high effort against the Griffs helped her win Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Carney’s eight points included three goals and a team-leading five assists. Sophomore Meaghan Tyrrell put up a six-point effort for the Orange. 

Leading Canisius in scoring was sophomore Katie Smolensky who put in a four-point performance for the Griffs. For her efforts against Syracuse, Smolensky was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.  This is the first time she has received this honor in her career. Also contributing for Canisius were, juniors Miranda and Marissa Malvaso and senior Bryar Cummings. Miranda Malvaso turned in a two-point game, which saw her score two goals tying her career-high. Miranda has scored twice four times in her career now. Sister Marissa scored a goal and recorded an assist for the Griffs. Cummings scored a goal for Canisius.

“I thought we had a solid performance from Katie, Bryar, and Miranda,” head coach Allison Daley told gogriffs.com. “In addition, I thought our freshman who played gained some valuable experience to help us move forward. [Lauren] Gilbert was strong in net and made some great saves for us.”

Junior Gilbert started in net for Canisius and made 12 saves. This was the sixth time the junior had made 10-plus saves in a game in her career. Gilbert played 45:30 minutes during Wednesday’s contest. She faced 31 shots during her time in the game. Gilbert gave up 19 goals to the Orange before she was relieved by fellow classmate Emily Van Kessel, who faced three shots giving up two goals in just under 15 minutes in net.

The Griffs as a team were heavily outshot during the game. The Orange had a total of 42 shots in the game, 34 of them were on net. Canisius recorded a total of 15 shots for the game, 9 of which were on net. Canisius also turned over the ball 15 times during the game. Canisius did not do well with faceoffs, as Syracuse was awarded 23 draw controls to Canisius’ six. Canisius was dominated in most team statistics.`

“Anytime you play a high caliber team like Syracuse, every play makes you better and that is what we need to take away from tonight’s game,” Daley told gogriffs.com. “Syracuse is a team that will play deep into May with some of the best players in the nation, with that we made some good plays and transitioned the ball well and capitalized on opportunities offensively.” 

The Griffs next game will be Sunday where they will play their first home game against Merrimack at the Pinnacle Athletic Campus in Victor, N.Y.. Opening faceoff will be at noon. 

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