Attackers Alyssa Ferro and Andi Raymond and midfielder Paige Duncan (Broadneck) helped keep No. 14 Towson close for much of Sunday's game, but No. 3 Syracuse finished with a 5-0 run to deal the visiting Tigers their first defeat of the season, 12-7.
Towson (2-1) stayed within two goals for most of the game, and the host Orange (6-0) led only 5-4 at halftime after a goal from attacker Kayla Treanor, who had a game-high five scores and one assist.
The Tigers never could pull ahead in the second half, though. Raymond's unassisted goal tied the game at 7 with 14:56 to play, and Syracuse started its decisive run less than four minutes later.
Goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly had eight saves for Towson but could not withstand the Orange's late surge. Syracuse outshot the Tigers 28-16 and won 11 of 19 draw controls.
Stevenson 17, Fredonia State 8: After losing to SUNY Brockport on Saturday in their first game of the Stevenson Classic, the Mustangs cruised past the visiting Blue Devils in their second and final game of the invitational tournament.
Led by four goals apiece from attacker Leah Warner and midfielder Marissa Meiklejohn, Stevenson (1-3) took a 12-3 halftime lead and contained Fredonia State (0-2) for much of the second half. Attacker Kathryn Merrick (Bel Air) had five points for the second straight game, contributing four goals and an assist.
Eight players scored for Stevenson, including freshman attacker Brady Heher, who had her first career goal.
No. 12 Notre Dame 18, Virginia Tech 9: Attacker Rachel Sexton opened the scoring for the Fighting Irish 29 seconds in, jump-starting a 5-1 run that set the tone for the Fighting Irish's rout of the host Hokies.
Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 11-5 at the half and closed close to within 11-8 early in the second half before Notre Dame (3-2, 1-2) pulled away with a six-goal run.
The Irish got hat tricks from Sexton, midfielder Caitlin Gargan and attacker Cortney Fortunato, who has three hat tricks in five games. Attacker Megan Will (C. Milton Wright) had a hat trick and two assists to lead the Hokies, and attacker Meg Bartley had two goals and seven draw controls.
Virginia Tech goalkeeper Meagh Graham finished with 11 saves, while the Irish got six from Allie Murray in the first half and three from Liz O'Sullivan in the second.
No. 1 North Carolina 13, No. 17 Penn 8: Midfielder Maggie Bill and attackers Abbey Friend and Taylor George (Broadneck) had hat tricks for the Tar Heels to help them break a halftime tie against the visiting Quakers.
Penn (1-1) was North Carolina's equal in the first 30 minutes, scoring the game's first goal with 28:34 left in the half and taking the lead four times, but never by more than a goal. Midfielder Tory Bensen's three goals led the Quakers.
In the second half, the Tar Heels (6-0) took a decisive lead, slowed only by Penn goals on free-position shots from attacker Lindsey O'Loughlin and midfielder Lely DeSimone.
Penn had a 24-18 edge in ground balls and turned the ball over two fewer times, but won only seven of 23 draw controls.
Vanderbilt 16, No. 19 Stanford 15, OT: Senior captain attacker Abby Wheeler scored two goals in the final 34 seconds of overtime to lift the visiting Commodores over the No.19 Cardinal.
The teams were tied at 8 at halftime, but Stanford (2-1) took a 14-9 lead with 15:07 to play. Vanderbilt (3-2) answered with a five-goal run, capped by midfielder Kelly Chandler's score with 4:21 left, to force overtime. Wheeler had a career-high seven goals on seven shots to lead all players, while attacker Kelsey Murray and midfielder Lucy Dikeou paced the Cardinal with three points each.
Vanderbilt now has won more games this season than it did in 2013, and its win also ended a 15-game slide against ranked teams.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun