Dome Sweet Dome: Lax Women No. 5 of Syracuse welcome Temple after week-long road trip
Whether you’re a country fan or listen to rap, there’s a song for you on the way home. From Edward Sharpe to the Magnetic Zeros to Eminem, artists can’t help but use their lyrics to invoke the emotions of returning to where you came from. It’s unclear if Syracuse’s fifth-ranked women’s lacrosse teams have songs like this on the pre-game playlist, but the sentiment still holds true – Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse is at home.
The Oranges take on the Temple Owls at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. This is Syracuse’s first home game since March 6, when the team defeated seventh-ranked Duke nearly three weeks ago.
Syracuse just completed a three-game road trip against three top opponents: No. 14 Virginia, No. 13 Florida and No. 24 Virginia Tech. While beating both Virginia teams by a combined score of 34-16, the Orange battled the Gators and lost 14-10.
“I think it was really frustrating…it was frustrating for the coaches and the girls because we could absolutely win that game. The frustrating part was that we didn’t play our best lacrosse.
Heading into Saturday’s game, head coach Kayla Treanor said the team’s second loss of the season to Florida was tough but motivating.
The Oranges can pack their bags, at least for now. After traveling for five of its last six games, Syracuse will remain in central New York for its next seven. With just eight games left in the regular season, Syracuse’s schedule on paper also looks easier. The Orange have faced eight top-25 opponents in their first nine games, are 7-2 so far this season and are unbeaten at home. Last season, Syracuse only lost one game at home.
But with the Orange running out of top opponents on their schedule, coach Kayla Treanor said now was not the time to relax. “There is no easy game…it’s always a battle.”
This is the first meeting between the historic Temple and Syracuse programs. Temple women’s lacrosse is 7-3 this season and hasn’t faced a top-five opponent since 2016. Owls midfielder Bella Mastropietro has just been added to the watch list of Tewaaraton this week, where she joins six Syracuse players, including recent addition midfielder Sam Swart. Temple is coming off a 13-10 win over Monmouth and is on a two-game winning streak.