Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse makes their 2014 season debut on Tuesday when they travel to Jacksonville. Coach Gary Gait and his Orange hope to return to the Final Four and win their first national championship.
Syracuse comes in ranked No. 3 in the preseason after 2013 in which they lost in the national semifinal to Maryland. They finished 18-4 last season and won the Big East title in their final season in the conference.
The Orange have key players returning including senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore Kayla Treanor. Murray was ranked fourth in the nation in scoring with 102 points while Treanor became the first freshman in Syracuse history to be named a first-team All-American.
Alyssa Constantino and Kelsey Richardson are the returning goal keepers while Liz Haberson, Natalie Glanell and Kasey Mock will be key members of the Orange defense.
“We’re playing for the same thing we play for every year and that is to win the national championship. We’re excited to get out there and head down the road to another great year.” – Syracuse head coach Gary Gait
Gait begins his seventh season as head coach of the women’s program and has reached the Final Four three times in the last four seasons.
The Orange beat Jacksonville 21-8 in last year’s season opener, however the Dolphins went on to qualify for the NCAA tournament where they lost to Denver in the opening round.
The game begins at 5:30 ET and will be webcast free of charge on A-Sun TV.