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first_imgMichelle Tumolo lay flat on her back, staring at the Carrier Dome ceiling as her teammates celebrated around her.She was relishing a moment that she said was incomparable to any other in her Syracuse career. The awestruck junior’s wraparound goal from the right side with 51 seconds left forced overtime between the Orange and No. 1 Northwestern.‘I was just trying to use the crease to get away from the girl that was face-guarding me, so I really tried to work around it,’ Tumolo said. ‘And I beat her over the crease, and I got that shot off.’The score capped a three-goal comeback by the No. 11 Orange in the final 4:16 of regulation and gave Syracuse a chance to earn a marquee win over a Wildcats team that rarely loses. Had the SU (1-2) offense played at that high level — the same level that led to six first-half goals on 15 shots — throughout Wednesday night’s 11-9 overtime loss to the Wildcats (3-0), the Orange could have earned its first-ever victory over a top-ranked opponent. But the offense crumbled in extra time, glaringly inefficient, just as it was in the first 25 minutes of the second half.Coming out of halftime with a 6-3 lead, the Orange offense was flat. Bridget Daley and Katie Webster dropped balls in the offensive zone, while senior midfielder Sarah Holden lost possession immediately preceding Northwestern’s goals to get back into the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think we played so hard in the first half, we got to relax a little bit and we didn’t get going as fast as we were in the first half, physically,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘We rushed our passes. We made mental errors and that’s just from going full speed, taking a break, and that team has a great defense, and they put a lot of pressure on us.’It took nearly 14 minutes for the SU offense to manage its first shot of the second half. And even then, Daley only coughed up a chest-high attempt that goaltender Brianne LoManto handled with ease.Freshmen Kailah Kempney and Gabby Jaquith botched their free-position attempts. Meanwhile, the Wildcats opened up the second half with six straight goals to take a 9-6 lead.And when Katie Webster, who recorded a hat trick in the first half, couldn’t put away SU’s fourth free-position attempt of the frame with eight minutes remaining, it appeared the game could be over.           But Alyssa Murray re-energized the Orange.She snuck a free-position shot past LoManto’s right foot to keep the Orange alive. Freshman Devon Collins followed with a free-position score to cut the Wildcats’ lead to just one with 3:40 left.‘I just wanted to score and put it away,’ Murray said. ‘I wanted to start a run. I just knew it was my time to do something for the team.’The offense returned to form. Ball movement stretched the aggressive Northwestern defense thin, and when both Murray and Collins attacked, the defense was forced to foul.Then Tumolo tied the game with less than a minute to play. It appeared, heading into overtime, the Orange had all the momentum.‘I thought we were going to (win it),’ Murray said.Instead, the offense regressed.After winning the opening draw, Natalie Glanell threw an errant pass to Collins, and it rolled off the far sideline.Northwestern midfielder Erin Fitzgerald scored on the ensuing possession, and Shannon Smith added another goal at the end of the first overtime half.Then with 2:31 left, Webster stepped to the 8-meter line again. A goal there followed by a draw victory would give the Orange a chance to tie the game back up.Instead, she passed the ball out. Webster said she was affected by the pressure applied from three Wildcats defenders. Her failed attempt contributed to SU’s poor 3-of-10 free-position shot conversion rate.‘I think it’s a mental issue there. Even on the defensive end you (need to) get your sticks in the shooting lanes, and I think when you step onto that line, you’ve got to have a plan in place and know what you’re going to do to get off a good shot,’ Gait said.The Wildcats escaped the Carrier Dome with a victory, but the Orange found it is capable of competing with Northwestern.The Syracuse offense just needs to establish some consistency.‘We can’t really go negative about this because we played our hearts out, and I honestly think we were the better team,’ Tumolo said. ‘We fought until the end, and they came out on top.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

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