Maryland, winners of three of the ultimate four national championships, a software that has over and over eliminated Syracuse girls’s lacrosse from the NCAA Tournament, once more exercised its dominance against the Orange in an 18-eleven victory Sunday right here on the Carrier Dome, capping a 3-video games-in-one-week stretch in which SU dropped a one-arm recreation at Virginia and rebounded with a 17-15 victory against No. 3 Florida.
“I assume the gasoline tank became a little empty,” Gait stated. “We did not come out and compete nowadays, and they jumped on us and performed like the defending national champs that they may be.
“They’re an extraordinary group. They dominated all around the subject.”
It became the form of early season string of games the guys’ program has needed to bear because it measures itself towards a number of the country’s best teams, one that can leave a younger and maturing group with some developing pains however the hope it will likely be better in the long run.
For the SU women to jot down different final results towards Maryland in a probable event putting, it will want to move towards an answer on the draw in the wake of Morgan Widner’s season-ending knee harm. Maryland on Sunday scored a 22-8 gain in that area.
“They had a remarkable first step on the ball,” stated sophomore midfielder Kerry Defliese, who had the task of trying to update Widner, a player who won 156 attracts the last yr, the maximum through a freshman in college history.
Syracuse’s struggles on the draw had a ripple-impact at the rest of its effort. When it wasn’t dropping the possession battle, it rushed matters offensively due to a mindset it had to rate quickly to chisel down a soft Maryland lead, stated head instruct Gary Gait.
“We did not settle down and play our offense,” he stated. “We gotta solve our troubles in the draw control location.”
Syracuse has shown it is able to nonetheless compete and knock off some of the kingdom’s first-class teams with a sub-par draw recreation. And, it has a couple weeks to paintings on it before a midwest street swing March 24 at Notre Dame and March 26 at Northwestern.
The Orange returns to movement in five days against Harvard down in Baltimore.