No. 11 Syracuse struggles continue in 16-11 loss to No. 8 Princeton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2017 at 9:51 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez No. 11 Syracuse (8-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost its fourth in five games as the Orange fell to No. 8 Princeton (7-1, 2-0 Ivy League), 16-11, on Wednesday night. The Princeton offense, ranked 14th in the nation, shredded an Orange defense that has struggled of late. Syracuse gave up at least 15 goals for the sixth straight game.Star midfielder Taylor Gait did not play in her fourth straight game.SU conceded seven goals in the first 15 minutes. Olivia Hompe led the Tiger attack, netting seven goals and assisting two others.After Riley Donahue opened the scoring 1:31 into the game, the Tigers followed with a 9-1 run. The Orange responded with four goals but the Orange defense failed to keep the game close.“Taking a couple bad shots led to transition chances the other way,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Sometimes its bad luck, unlucky scenarios … it bit us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoaltender Asa Goldstock posted her second worst save-percentage of the season (.273) and only saved six shots. Her counterpart, Ellie DeGarmo, saved 18.The teams were tied in shots (33) and ground balls (17). SU had eight free-position shots, yet only scored three times. Syracuse had more draw controls, 16-13, and less turnovers, 16-18, yet still failed to stop the Tigers.Emily Hawryschuk recorded her third hat trick of the season, bringing her season total to 18. Donahue added three goals, bringing her career total to 97.Syracuse continues its last road trip of the season against Duke on Sunday in Durham.“We are young and we are trying to figure it out,” Gary Gait said. “We are not on the same page.” Commentslast_img read more