February 5, 2011

Hofstra Upsets Syracuse in Preseason, as Orange Split Scrimmages

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The second-ranked Orange men's lacrosse team began the 2011 season on Saturday, Feb. 5 by splitting a pair of scrimmages at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated Division II Le Moyne, 10-5, and lost to No. 9 Hofstra, 6-5.

Senior midfielder Jovan Miller (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Orange with four goals on the day. Miller had a hat trick in the team's win over the Dolphins and scored once against Hofstra. Classmate Josh Amidon (Lafayette, N.Y.) also had four points Saturday. He finished with one goal and one assist in each game.

In Syracuse's first outing, it was Hofstra that gained the early lead on the strength of its work at the faceoff X. The Pride won the game's first three draws and received goals from Jamie Lincoln and Brad Loizeaux to claim a 2-0 advantage after the first period.

Syracuse flipped the script in the second quarter. Senior Josh Knight (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Chris Daddio (Purcellville, Va.) combined to win four of the period's five faceoffs and SU outscored Hofstra, 3-1, in the period to tie the game at three. Amidon had a hand in two of SU's three scores in the second quarter. He found the cage off a pass from redshirt junior Tim Desko (Syracuse, N.Y.) at the 12:11 mark and assisted on a goal by senior Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario) with 9:41 left before halftime.

In the second half, Hofstra reeled off three straight goals, including an unassisted score by Lincoln, to extend its lead to 6-3 with 6:18 remaining. Syracuse responded with goals by freshman midfielders Jake Bratek (DeWitt, N.Y.) and Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio) to pull within 6-5 with 1:47 to play, but the Pride held on for the win.

Five different players scored goals for the Orange against Hofstra, and Amidon's two points were a team-high. Lincoln (2g, 1a) and Jay Card (2g, 1a) keyed the Pride offense with three points each.

Against Le Moyne, Syracuse stormed out to a 3-0 lead and held a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Miller added to the Orange margin with two second-quarter goals and Syracuse took a 5-2 lead into intermission.

Two Le Moyne goals in the first 16 seconds of the third quarter closed the gap to 5-4. However, SU notched the period's last three goals to pull in front, 8-4, and went on to win by five.

In Saturday's opening game, Hofstra defeated Le Moyne by the score of 8-5. The two teams were tied, 3-3, in the second period, but Lincoln notched all three of his goals in a 4-0 Pride run that broke the game open. Hofstra goalies Andrew Gvozden and Rob Bellairs combined for 12 saves in the victory. Jack Harmatuk had two goals to pace the Dolphins.

Syracuse concludes its preseason exhibition schedule on Thursday, Feb. 10 with two more scrimmages inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange will face No. 3 Maryland at 11:00 a.m. followed by Canisius.

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