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March 14, 2021 — Another segment of tape for the time capsule

With two minutes to go, things did not look good for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team. The No. 2 team in the land looked to be a step slow on both ends of the pitch, picking up four yellow cards in less than 22 minutes against Top 5 Notre Dame.

The teams were playing their second game against each other in three days, and, as you might expect, Notre Dame had learned and adjusted from how it played in an 18-14 defeat. The Fighting Irish had a 7-2 lead heading into the final two minutes of the first half, but Syracuse had a performance for the ages to finish out the rest of the game. The Orange went on a 12-2 run in the next 17 minutes of play to run out 15-12 winners.

Syracuse did all of this without its talismanic scorer, Emily Hawryschuk, who has been lost for the season with a knee injury. Instead, the leader for Syracuse this afternoon is former U.S. U-19 World Cup winner Megan Carney, who had four goals on the afternoon. In addition, sisters Emma and Meghan Tyrrell had hat tricks.

Indeed, one thing pacing the Orange’s run was the fact that Notre Dame did not know who to double. Orange head coach Gary Gait was masterful in the use of his roster, bringing in nine players off his bench, and getting goals from the likes of Emily Ehle and Bianca Chevarie.

I’ve noticed over the years that Gait tends to carry a large roster. There was one time when he literally split his squad for a day-night doubleheader to open the season a few years ago. Syracuse, naturally, won both games, something that I don’t think we’ve ever seen in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse history.

But today’s game validated the Hall-of-Famer’s personnel strategy. Oh, most definitely. The kinds of performances he has gotten from his players have been astounding, and it doesn’t matter whether his players come from historical lacrosse hotbeds or from places as far-flung as Kirkland, Wash. and McKinney, Tex.

Most impressive, indeed.