SYRACUSE, N.Y. Sophomore Allison Ambrozy scored the game-winning goal with 2:37 left in regulation and Chrissy Muller had three goals to lead the No. 20 Penn women’s lacrosse team past No. 18 Syracuse, 9-8, in the Carrier Dome Sunday afternoon.
The Quakers (10-6) are now on the bubble and will now wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Monday evening. The Orange finish their season at 9-7.
Muller paced the Quakers with three goals and an assist, and reached a significant career milestone - shescored her 100thcareer point with her unassisted goal in the second half.Senior goalie Karrie Moore had a fine performance, making a career-high 13 saves, including a critical free-position stop with 56 seconds left to preserve victory. Ambrozy’s final goal was her third of the game.
The Quakers struggled to get on the attack early. The Orange got on the board first 6:15 into the game when Kristin Brady converted a penalty opportunity from just outside the 8-meter arc. Kathryn Rowan made it 2-0 two minutes later on a one-hop shot.
The Orange dominance on attack wouldn’t last for long. Ambrozy made it 2-1 on the tail of the Quakers’ first major offensive build-up of the game with 16:07 left in the first half. Rachel Manson tied up at two on a fast-break odd-man opportunity started by Hilary Renna’s caused turnover on defense. Renna ran the length of the field, passed up to Ali Ryan, and Ryan one-timed a pass to a wide-open Manson for the score.
With the momentum in Penn’s favor, Caroline Finger put the Quakers ahead 3-2 on another Ryan assist with 8:11 left before the half. Muller made it a two-goal lead just over a minute later with her shot into the right side of the cage.
Gaddy Fortune brought it back within one for the Orange when she scored with 4:49 remaining in the half. Rowan notched her second with 2:55 remaining to tie the game at four. Rowan made it a hat-trick with 29 seconds left and gave Syracuse a 5-4 lead heading into the half.
The Quakers wasted no time re-taking the lead coming out of the locker room. Ryan tied it up right out of the gate, taking a feed from Emily Cochran and burying the equalizer. Muller netted her second just a minute later to made it 6-5, but the Orange tied it up on Evelyn Long’s finisher off a breakaway.
Muller put the lead back in favor of the Red and Blue with 22:08 left, completing her hat trick. But Maggie Martin knotted the game at seven on a free-position goal with 16:43 remaining. After a lull in the action, Brady gave the Orange an 8-7 lead off a breakaway opportunity with 11:21 left in the game, but Ambrozy tied the game for the seventh time with 8:22 left on a free position.
Ambrozy put the cap on the see-saw game off Muller’s feed with just 2:37 to play, and the Quaker defense hung tough for the balance of the game to earn the victory.