In a battle to the bitter end, the (13-7) Fairfield Lady Stags to the 5th Ranked Syracuse Orange (14-5) to the very end before falling short, 12-11.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
An instant classic took place at Sherrard Field in Princeton, NJ with Fairfield having upset on their mind against the favored, Lady Syracuse Orange I’m the Opening Round of the Women:s DI NCAA Championships.
To the Battle:
A battle it was indeed. Freshman, Olivia Adamson (5g,1a) took a step to the spotlight with her 23rd of the season with just :48 played. Adamson stayed busy with a helper on the 26th from Sam Stewart (1g). The markers caught the attention of the Stags who stormed back off tallies from, Libby Rowe (4g), Maggie Fort (2g) followed by the 33rd from Rowe.
End of One, 3-2 Fairfield.
The Orange would respond with a six goal quarter.
Meghan Tyrell (3g,1a) notched her 63rd at 12:52 followed by Adamson potting her 24th off a Megan Carney (1a) feed just :42 later. Amanda Kozak (2g) hit net on the advantage. Emily Hawryschuck (2g) and Tyrell countered for Syracuse. Ellie Grefenstette (1g,2apples) put home her 27th but, Syracuse would add a pair of goals in the final :29 started by Hawryschuck hitting for her 62nd at the :29 mark and Adamson with just :03 remaining.
At the Half, Syracuse up, 8-5.
Syracuse wanted to put this away with a big third quarter. Jenny Markey (1g) padded the lead but Fairfax would have none of that. Rowe nailed her 34th but, the Orange just yawned and collected goals from Adamson at 2:46 and an apparent back-breaker with just six seconds on the clock.
End of Three with a Five Goal Differential.
Is This One Over?
Not quite, Fort at 13:56 followed by Elizabeth Talluto a minute and thirteen later gave the Stags hope. Tyrell put number 60 I’m the back of the Fairfield net and things looked bleak on any comeback hopes. That is until Rowe at 5:29 followed by an advantage marker from Olivia Doody (1g,1a) with 3:36 got the Stags bench hootin’ and hollerin. Amanda Kozak had the ball with ten seconds to go, but, her shot was off target and Syracuse escaped the scare, 12-11.
• The Orange had the edge with a 41-27 shot advantage while also having a 24-18 edge in shots on goal.
• Turnovers were nearly even with Fairfield having 12 to the Orange 11. Fairfield also won the ground ball battle, 18-15.
• The Orange had an edge in Draw Controls,17-10 with the Stags Kelly Horning and the Orange, Sarah Cooper each nestling 7.
Syracuse Survives Scare
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.