Hobart vs. Syracuse
March 25, 2008
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y. - Senior Mike Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) scored his 100th career goal and finished with four points (3g, 1a) to help lead the No. 2 Orange to a 13-5 win against Hobart Tuesday night at McCooey Field. With the victory the Orange took home the Kraus-Simmons Trophy, awarded to the winner of the rivalry game between the two schools, for the second consecutive year and the 21st time overall.

The win improves the Orange to 6-1 on the year, while Hobart moves to 3-4. It also extended SU’s season-best winning streak to four games.

Leveille reached the milestone with 1:49 remaining in the third quarter, grabbing a rebound off a shot by Dan Hardy (Tully, N.Y.) that hit the pipe and sending it past Hobart goalie Max Silberlicht. With the goal Leveille became the 21st player in Syracuse history to reach the 100-goal plateau. He also extended his consecutive points streak to 46 games with an assist on SU's first goal of the third quarter. His streak is tied with Brad Kotz for the eighth-longest in school history. Leveille has 102 goals in 48 career games.

Junior Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick with three goals and two assists. His five points were a game high.

Scores from Nims and senior Steven Brooks (Libertyville, Ill.) gave the Orange a 2-0 advantage after the first quarter. Brooks’ goal marked the 50th of his career. Hobart answered back scoring the first goal of the second quarter, but Syracuse outscored the Statesman 3-2 in the second period to take a 5-2 lead at the half.

The Orange broke the game open in the third quarter, going on a 4-1 run, to claim a 9-3 lead. SU outshot Hobart, 16-4, in the stanza. Freshman Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) scored his first career goal off an assist from Leveille during the spurt.

Levielle contributed two consecutive goals to open the fourth quarter to push the margin to eight, 11-3, and scores from Brooks and junior Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.) secured the 13-5 victory.

The Syracuse defense was impressive in front of freshman goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) for the second consecutive game and Galloway had a standout performance, making 14 saves for the Orange, while allowing just the five goals. It was the second straight game the Orange held its opponent to five or fewer scores, marking the first time since April 2000 Syracuse achieved that feat.

Daryl Veltman led the Hobart offense with three goals and one assist while Jamie Kirk contributed a goal and an assist for the Statesman. Silberlicht allowed all 13 Orange goals and made 13 saves in the cage. Veltman's three goals increased his career total to 93, the most by a Statesman since they went Division I in lacrosse in 1995.

Syracuse returns home to host Loyola this weekend. The Orange will take on the Greyhounds Saturday, March 29 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live in Syracuse on Time Warner Sports Channel 26.