February 11, 2014

Rice, Donahue Anchor Syracuse in Opener

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Attackman Dylan Donahue had a career night with eight goals and an assist for Syracuse. (Greg Wall)

Syracuse Recap

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Top-ranked Syracuse (1-0) defeated Siena (0-1) in the earliest season opener in school history on Monday, Feb. 10 by the score of 19-7 at the Carrier Dome. Attackmen Dylan Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) and Kevin Rice (Skaneateles, N.Y.) turned in near record-setting performances, combining for 17 points in the contest. Donahue tallied a career-high eight goals and one assist to finish with personal-best nine points, and Rice had a career-best eight assists. Donahue's goal total and Rice's number of assists were both one off the Orange single-game records.

The pair paced a balanced, efficient Syracuse offense that featured 12 different goal scorers and converted on 50 percent of its shots (19-38). Donahue was the only SU player with more than one goal. In fact, besides Donahue and Rice, only junior Randy Staats (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Dylan Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) had multi-point games. Staats tallied one goal and two assists in his Syracuse debut and Maltz had one goal and one assist in his first collegiate contest.

"I thought guys were ready to play right from the beginning and came out and got some early goals, " SU head coach John Desko said. "As the first quarter went on we kind of controlled the game. I thought the offense was pretty patient. I think the second quarter we started to force it a little bit, but then we settled down and came out and scored the first two or three goals right away in the third quarter and picked up where we left off."

The Orange rattled off three straight goals to start the game as Donahue, Staats and senior captain Derek Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) all scored in the opening four minutes. The Saints responded with goals by Richie Hurley and Rob Hunter to close the gap to 3-2 with 6:42 to play in the first quarter.

From there it was all Syracuse. The Orange scored nine of the game's next 10 goals to open up a 12-3 lead at the 11:37 mark of the second quarter. Siena's Conor Prunty and SU's Henry Schoonmaker (Portland, Ore.) traded goals to make it 13-4 Orange at the break.

In the third quarter, Syracuse outscored the Saints 4-0 with Donahue registering all four goals. Rice assisted on the first three, and the fourth was an unassisted man-down goal at the 6:16 mark that pushed the Orange advantage to 17-4.

Syracuse emptied the bench in the fourth quarter and the Saints outscored the Orange reserves 3-2 in the period to produce the 19-7 final score.

Orange senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara (Arnold, Md.) played the first half and made six saves to earn the win. Junior Bobby Wardwell (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and redshirt freshman Evan Molloy (Manhasset, N.Y.) finished up. Wardwell totaled five saves, while Molloy had one is his SU debut.

Hurley led the Saints with four goals. Starting goalie Tommy Cordts allowed 17 goals and recorded six saves in nearly 39 minutes of action. Kenny Carpenter replaced Cordts in the cage during the third quarter finished with three saves.

Syracuse held a 38-32 advantage in shots and a 15-13 margin in faceoffs. SeniorChris Daddio (Purcellville, Va.) led the Orange effort at the X, winning 10-of-17 (.588) draws and picking up six ground balls.

The Orange continues its three-game homestand Sunday, Feb. 16 when it welcomes No. 10 Albany to the Carrier Dome. Faceoff is at 4 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Game Notes: Six of Donahue's eight goals (75 percent) came via Rice passes ... Donahue's eight scores were the most for the Orange since Gary Gait had eight against Army on March 26, 1988 .... Rice's eight assists were the most by an SU player since Casey Powell finished with eight helpers versus Loyola in the 1997 NCAA Tournament ... The Orange's eight first-quarter goals were its most in one period since scoring nine in the opening quarter of a 19-6 victory against Rutgers on April 14, 2012 ... Rookies Nick Weston (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Jordan Evans (Syracuse, N.Y.) both scored their first career goals in the first half ... Syracuse improved to 3-0 all-time against Siena and 5-0 in its history against MAAC opponents ... Desko is now 15-1 in season-opening games.

Siena Recap

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse scored on 50% of its shots as the top ranked Orange defeated Siena Lacrosse 19-7 in the season opener for both programs at the Carrier Dome. Red-shirt junior captain Richie Hurley scored four goals in a losing effort for the Saints.

Dylan Donohue erupted for nine points (eight goals) and Kevin Rice added eight assists for 2013 National Finalist Syracuse which entered the season ranked No. 1 nationally in the first USILA Coaches' Poll and second in the Warrior Media Poll.

In a matchup of two of the nation's top-eight winningest programs over the past seven years, the statistics were fairly even aside from the score. Syracuse harbored a 38-32 edge in shots, while the Saints won the groundball battle 33-29.

But Syracuse's high powered offense was too proficient for the Saints to overcome. The Orange scored three times in the opening 3:47 en route to an eight-goal opening quarter.

Hurley and senior Rob Hunter pulled the Saints within 3-2, but Syracuse answered with the next four goals to pull away. The teams combined for 11 goals in the opening quarter and Syracuse ultimately took a 13-4 lead at the break.

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Conor Prunty and senior Thomas Schoener also tallied goals for Siena which fell to 2-14 all-time against USILA Coaches' Poll Top-20 teams.

Red-shirt sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts earned the start and made six saves for the Saints in two-plus quarters of action. Red-shirt junior goalie Kenny Carpenter finished the game, making three saves while bequeathing just two goals in his collegiate debut.

The Saints continue their season opening five-game road trip Saturday with a 1 p.m. faceoff at Hobart.

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