CM – 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 21-13 Final Four win over Northwestern


Syracuse with the number 3 is campaigning for the first title game since 2014 after beating Northwestern with the number 2 in the Final Four 21:13.

TOWSON, Md. – On his first appearance in the Final Four since 2016, Syracuse presented the first seed of the season with the number 3. The Orange posted a season high of 21 goals, the end result being a Twizzler shot by Emily Ehle. Meaghan Tyrell led SU with five goals and three assists as the Wildcats defense allowed the most goals of the entire season.

Syracuse made two separate 5-0 runs in the first half to gain a 10-4 advantage to achieve in the locker room. In the second half, Northwestern took a 5-1 lead to reduce Orange’s lead to three. But SU responded with three direct goals to stop the Wildcats from making a comeback.

The younger of the Tyrrell sisters was rewarded with her first start to the season against Boston College. With this move, Syracuse sacrificed an attack for a midfielder in Tyrrell. For head coach Gary Gait, however, this quickly paid off as Tyrrell scored a hat trick within 11 minutes.

Tyrrell’s third score was similar to what Carney regularly scores. Tyrrell started from the left side of the field and flashed across the cage, holding up her stick. Sam Swart tossed a quick pass over the top, and Tyrrell caught it with one shot, throwing a shot over her body to the left side of the gate.

Before Syracuse’s double header at Boston College, Gait said Tyrrell was a growing threat represents for the offensive from midfield. The student entered the game on Saturday with six points and by the end of the afternoon she had seven more points in her name.

At the start of the game, Northwestern’s top two goalscorers, Izzy Scane and Lauren Gilbert, were both national Top 10 goals. Head coach Gary Gait said in training that SU ran the Wildcats offensive in the field and tested various defense plans to see what would work best.

In the first half, Syracuse moved into its high pressure zone defense to keep the offensive off Choke Northwestern. SU’s off-ball defenders stuck to NU’s attacks and often doubled together. Goalie Asa Goldstock was able to hold on to Scane and Gilbert, with the pair scoring a total of six shots and a number of points in the opening phase, which was well below their respective season average.

Goldstock only allowed four goals in the first half nine shots and scored a total of 10 saves. After 22 minutes into the second half, Gilbert snapped a shot that Goldstock denied and threw her body in front of the ball. The Wildcats’ top offensive, averaging nearly 21 goals per game, was kept to just four in the first half . In the second half, Scane scored three goals but Gilbert only once.

Syracuse won 19 ground balls compared to the 15 in the Northwest. And after Northwestern took four of the first six draw controls, the Orange won seven of the last eight to end the first period. In the second half, SU also won the battle 10-8. SU also took the battle in the second half, 10-8.

Mashewske was in the circle for Syracuse for most of the game, winning six draw controls. Ella Simkins also helped Orange with the draw, winning nine and collecting three ground balls at team level.

At the start of the first half, Mashewske won the draw control with a draw and moved the ball into the offensive zone. After Doucette turned down Sam Swart’s shot, Emma Tyrrell picked up the ground ball. Emma Tyrrell found Sierra Cockerille when Meaghan Tyrell cut into the center of the zone and received the ball. Her left-handed shot hit the back of the net, giving SU a 2-1 lead, a lead it wouldn’t give up.

RT @CraneAndrew: FINAL: SU 21, Northwestern 13

The Orange is advancing to their first title game since 2014 behind 5G by Meaghan Tyrrell and …

RT @CraneAndrew: 26:57 – Trade targets for Syracuse and Northwestern in the first minutes of the second half, most recently by Meaghan Tyrr …

RT @CraneAndrew: HALB: SU 10, Northwestern 4

The Wildcats averaged 20.6 goals per game and only managed 4 in the first half of the finals…

RT @CraneAndrew: The offensive efficiencies at the 10-minute mark in the first half of the year over @laxreference: Syracuse 55.6 %, Northwestern 15.4%…

RT @CraneAndrew: 18:53 – Media timeout after Syracuse’s Sam Swart scored their 37th goal of the season and gave Orange a 3-1 lead. SU cu…

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