May 3, 2014

Syracuse Closes Regular Season Routing Colgate

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 3 Syracuse (11-4) closed the regular season with a dominating 19-6 win against Colgate (9-7) Saturday, May 3 at the Carrier Dome. Eleven different players combined for the team's 19 goals to help the Orange improve to 8-0 versus non-conference opponents.
"Today, right from the beginning, I was very happy with everyone," SU head coach John Desko said. "I thought we came out from the opening whistle and played right through the game. In the second half, even with the score the way it was, we came out and played hard. We were stingy defensively and offensively we were efficient."
The Orange never trailed in the contest and the 19 goals were the most allowed this year by a Colgate team that came into the game ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.2 goals per game).
The SU starting attack unit of Kevin Rice, Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue combined for nine goals and 16 points in the victory. Rice led the Orange with seven points on three goals and four assists. Staats recorded three goals and two assists, while Donahue contributed three goals and one assist.
For Rice, it was his sixth consecutive game with at least six points dating back to the Orange's 14-9 win at Cornell on April 8.
After two tense one-goal affairs at last weekend's ACC Championship, Syracuse jumped on the Raiders early and never let them in the game. The Orange scored the first six goals, including a pair of unassisted tallies by Hakeem Lecky, and led 6-1 after the first quarter.
The hosts added to their lead in the second period as LSM Peter Macartney scored off the opening faceoff to push the advantage to 7-1 eight seconds into the quarter.
Colgate closed the gap to five (7-2) with 13:03 left in the half when Kevin Adams scored in tight, but the Orange notched the next three goals and took a 10-3 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the third quarter, Syracuse put the game away. The Orange outscored Colgate 7-0 in the period to open up a 17-3 margin. Rice, Donahue and Staats combined for five of the seven tallies, with Rice and Staats each scoring twice in the frame.
Jeff Desko notched his first career goal to give the Orange its largest lead, 18-3, with 12:57 left to play before Colgate ended the game on a 3-1 run to close the scoring.
Eric Foote and Kevin Boyle paced the Raiders with two goals each. Patriot League Rookie of the Year Brandon Burke played the first three quarters in goal. He tallied eight saves (all in the first half) and allowed 17 goals. Jake Danehy finished up and made four saves.
After not starting the ACC title game versus Notre Dame, goalie Dominic Lamolinara was back between the pipes for the Orange. Lamolinara made three saves and allowed three goals in the opening half to earn the win.
Bobby Wardwell replaced Lamolinara at the start of the third quarter. Wardwell registered four saves and did not allow a goal in 17:03 before giving way to Evan Molloy and Tyler Avallone in the final period.
Faceoff specialist Chris Daddio continued his hot streak, winning 15-of-21 (.714) draws to help the Orange to a 19-9 advantage for the game. Daddio also collected eight ground balls to raise his season total to 88, which ranks sixth on the school single-season list.
The Orange outshot the Raiders 49-27, including a 29-10 advantage in the first half. SU also more than doubled up Colgate in ground balls, 39-18.
At 11-4, Syracuse is eligible for an at-large berth in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. The 18-team tournament field will be revealed live tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
Game Notes: Nine players, including Daddio and Lamolinara, were recognized prior to the game as part of Senior Day … Rice now has 76 points (33 goals, 43 assists) this season. He is the first Orange 70-point scorer since Kenny Nims (74) in 2009 … Macartney's goal was his first of the season and second of his career … Avallone recorded his first career save with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter … Syracuse is 7-0 this year against teams from the state of New York … The Orange is now 44-11-1 all-time against the Raiders and has won 19 of the 22 meetings since 1967.

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