Grading Syracuse women’s lacrosse at the midway point

No. 11 Syracuse (8-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) is a little more than halfway through its season. The Orange won its first seven games of the season. It now has four more conference games remaining to finish out its schedule and is just 1-3 over its last four games. The Daily Orange beat writers awarded superlatives and graded the units as SU gets ready for the second half of the season.

Grades (A-F)

Nick Alvarez
– Goalie: B
– Defense: B-
– Midfield: B
– Attack: A-
– Draw: A

Matt Feldman
– Goalie: B-
– Defense: C+
– Midfield: A
– Attack: A-
– Draw: A

Kaci Wasilewski
– Goalie: B-
– Defense: B-
– Midfield: B+
– Attack: B+
– Draw: A

Team MVP: Riley Donahue and Nicole Levy

With the loss of Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana, and their 95 goals, Syracuse needed new offensive leaders. Earlier in the season, head coach Gary Gait said he didn’t know who would step up. Eleven games in, it is clear that SU relies on the production from Riley Donahue and Nicole Levy. The pair co-leads SU in goals scored and have combined for 65 points. In the three one-goal games this season, Donahue has scored two game-winners. It would be unfair to prioritize one over the other, as both are crucial to the Orange’s success every game. — Nick Alvarez

Biggest Surprise: Devon Parker

Between the end of the 2016 season and the start of the 2017, senior Devon Parker switched from a midfielder to starting attack. Filling a need for a left-handed attack as well as a major hole left by Treanor and Majorana, Parker can now focus only on the offensive side of the ball, which so far has worked for her. Last season, she finished with four points over 17 games. In the game against Virginia alone, she had five goals and helped spark SU’s comeback. Her 16 points (12 goals and four assists) puts her fifth on the team. In the back half of the season, Parker’s efforts will be needed to achieve success against highly ranked teams like No. 2 North Carolina. — Kaci Wasilewski

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