March 23, 2010

Kraus-Simmons Trophy on the Line Tonite

from press release

- One of the oldest lacrosse rivalries in Central New York is renewed on Tuesday, March 23 when the second-ranked Orange (4-1) visits McCooey Field to take on Hobart (2-3) at 7 p.m. The match is the 96th meeting between the two teams.

The Statesmen are the Orange's oldest rival as Hobart was SU's first-ever varsity lacrosse opponent back on April 26, 1916.

Tuesday's game will be televised live in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Cable Sports. Fans can also hear the action live on the radio home of the Orange - TK 99 (99.5 FM). Live streaming audio of the radio broadcast is available on as part of Orange All-Access.

The Kraus-Simmons trophy has been presented to the victor in this annual showdown every year since 1986. The trophy is named for legendary Orange head coach Roy Simmons Sr., who coached at SU from 1931-70 and won 253 career games, and Babe Kraus who compiled 208 victories at Hobart. Syracuse has won 22 of the 24 meetings since the trophy has been awarded, including 19 in row from 1987 to 2005. The Statesmen gained possession of the trophy in 1986 and again in 2006, otherwise it has resided in Syracuse.

For the second straight game, Syracuse will face one of the winningest programs in college lacrosse. The Orange squared off against Johns Hopkins in its last game on March 20. The Blue Jays own the most all-time victories with 896. Now Syracuse takes on Hobart, which ranks fourth on that prestigious list with 722 wins. Syracuse itself ranks second in all-time victories (797). The Orange and Statesmen have combined to win 1,519 games all-time.

Senior Cody Jamieson's (Six Nations, Ontario) first-quarter goal against Johns Hopkins on March 20 made ESPN Sportscenter's list of the day's top plays. Jamieson drove to the cage and flipped a shot one-handed, between his legs, past Blue Jay goalie Mike Gvozden to give the Orange a 2-0 lead. The play checked it at No. 8 on the countdown of Saturday's best plays. Jamieson also dished out a career-best three assists against the Blue Jays. For the season, he is second on the Orange in points (15) and goals (8).

Junior longstick middie Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Max Bartig (East Northport, N.Y.) were rewarded by the BIG EAST on Monday for their performances against the Johns Hopkins. White was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Bartig was named to the honor roll.

White matched up against Johns Hopkins' Michael Kimmel, one of the top offensive midfielders in the country, and held him without a point in the win. The performance ended Kimmel's 28-game point streak, which had been the fourth-longest such streak in the nation. In addition, White led Syracuse with a game-best six ground balls and caused a turnover. He also contributed a key transition goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation.

Playing with SU's top midfield line for the first time, Bartig scored a personal-best three goals against the Blue Jays. Bartig scored SU's first goal 2:55 into the contest and tallied consecutive third-quarter goals as part of an overall 5-0 run that gave Syracuse control of the game.

The Statesmen come into Tuesday night's game with an overall record of 2-3. They are 0-1 in the ECAC, losing their conference opener to Quinnipiac on March 20 by the score of 9-7. Offensively, goals have been hard to come by. Hobart is averaging 7.8 per contest and has reached double digits just once, scoring 12 in a three-goal victory (12-9) at Colgate on March 6.

Sophomore Chris Pedersen is the team's goals (9) and points (15) leader. He scored a career-best four goals versus the Bobcats Saturday. Senior captain Kevin Curtin attended Corcoran High School in Syracuse. He lists second on the squad with 14 points, including a team-best eight assists.

The Statesmen defense is led by senior goaltender Max Silberlicht. He sports an 8.53 goals-against average and has 62 saves. Junior Mike O'Brien has started all five games at close defense and paces the unit with eight ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Hobart is the NCAA leader in faceoff winning percentage (.630). Sophomore Bobby Datti lo is the Statesmen's top faceoff specialist. He has won 65.6 percent of his faceoffs (61-93), which ranks third nationally.

The Orange began its varsity lacrosse history with a 9-1 loss at home to Hobart on April 29, 1916. Since then, it has dominated the series thanks to some lengthy winning streaks. SU won six consecutive meetings from 1921 to 1926, 10 in a row from 1930 to 1936, 11 straight from 1952 to 1963 and a series-best 19 in a row from 1987 to 2005. Hobart's 9-8 victory at the Carrier Dome in 2006 stopped the streak, but SU has rebounded to win the last three matchups, including a 13-4 victory last year at the Carrier Dome.

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