Syracuse vs. Albany
February 19, 2012
The Game Story:
Syracuse, N.Y. - JoJo Marasco scored three goals and added an assist to lead #8 Syracuse to a 12-7 win over UAlbany in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. It was the season-opener for both teams.

UAlbany got two quick goals in the eighth minute to take a 2-0 lead over the Orange. Ty Thompson netted the Great Danes' first goal of the season with an assist from cousin Lyle Thompson at 7:13. Senior Matt Cushing won the ensuing face off, and Joe Resetarits picked up the ground ball and took a quick shot that found the back of the net. Syracuse responded, however, getting a goal from Hakeem Lecky at 5:35 and the equalizer from Marasco at 3:01 to set the score at 2-2 after one quarter of play.

The Orange scored quickly to start the second period, getting a goal from Luke Cometti to take a 3-2 lead at 14:13. Marasco netted his second goal of the game for Syracuse at 12:19, while Ryan Barber added another tally exactly a minute later, as the Orange scored five straight to take a 5-2 advantage. Marasco and Barber kept Syracuse rolling, as the two juniors added a pair of goals to give the Orange a 7-2 advantage with just over four minutes to play. With under a minute to play in the first half, Tom Grimm found the back of the net past UAlbany goalkeeper John Carroll, giving Syracuse an 8-2 lead.

Coming out of halftime, the teams played almost 10 minutes of scoreless action before Lecky scored his second goal of the game at 5:35. Marasco added his third tally of the game, taking an assist from Tommy Palasek, putting the Orange up, 10-2, which held through the end of the third quarter. UAlbany got several good looks on shots, but backup goaltender Dominic Lamolinara stopped all seven attempts by the Great Danes.

Lyle Thompson ended UAlbany's 40-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter, firing a shot past Lamolinara. The Great Danes' other two Thompson's, Miles and Ty, connected for another UAlbany goal with 9:15 left to play. Miles passed the ball to Ty, who was waiting at the top of the crease and converted an underhand goal into the bottom of the net. Syracuse responded less than a minute later, as Tim Desko recorded an unassisted goal to keep the Orange on top, 11-4.

Ty Thompson netted his third goal of the afternoon, taking an assist from Mike Miller on a man-up opportunity to cut the UAlbany deficit to 11-5 with just under seven minutes to play. Resetarits pulled the Great Danes one goal closer at 4:45, as he collected a pass from Dwayne Stewart and ripped a shot into the back of the net. However, Pete Coleman doubled up the score for Syracuse, shooting the ball from the right side of the net at 1:47, putting the Orange up, 12-6. Resetarits closed out the scoring with just seven seconds on the clock to set the final score.

"I am disappointed with the outcome, but not with the effort," said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr, as he started his 12th season at the helm of the Great Dane program. "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes and didn't play with a lot of poise when we got down. We have to find a way to do a better job offensively and execute, and we'll be fine."

Carroll played all 60 minutes between the pipes for the Great Danes, making eight saves, including five in the final quarter. Lamolinara made 10 saves in the second half, while starter Matthew Lerman earned the win with six saves in the first half for Syracuse (1-0). UAlbany out-shot Syracuse, 42-36, and fired off 19 shots in the final period. However, the Orange held a 23-19 advantage in face offs, and went 2-for-3 on extra man opportunities, while UAlbany only converted 4-of-10 man-up attempts.

UAlbany (0-1) will return to action on Saturday, hosting Drexel in the home opener at John Fallon Field at 1 p.m.