GENEVA, N.Y. – Junior attackman Stephen Keogh scored with 43 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 2 Syracuse (5-1) to a 9-8 victory over Hobart (2-4) on Tuesday, March 23 at McCooey Field. It was Keogh’s second goal of the night and it capped a dramatic game that saw the Orange overcome a 5-2 deficit to earn the win.
Because of Keogh’s heroics, the Orange retained the Kraus-Simmons Trophy for the fourth straight season and the 23rd time in the 25 years it has been presented to the winner of the annual matchup.
Senior Chris Daniello and freshman JoJo Marasco paced the Orange with two goals and one assist apiece. Marasco’s three points tied his personal best and his two goals were a career high.
Junior midfielder Jovan Miller also equaled his personal best with two goals in the contest.
Despite outshooting the Statesmen, 56-24, Syracuse trailed for the majority of the game thanks to Hobart goalie Max Silberlicht. Silberlicht totaled a career-best 23 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter, to push the Orange to the brink.
Silberlicht keyed a Hobart defense that held Syracuse scoreless for 26:43 from late in the first quarter to the latter stages of the third period. During that time the Statesmen outscored the Orange, 4-0, to claim a 5-2 advantage.
Marasco finally ended the scoring drought when he found the cage unassisted with five minutes left in the third, but Hobart maintained a two-goal lead (6-4) heading into the final quarter.
But that’s when the Orange offense came to life.
Syracuse dominated possession time and unleashed 23 shots to just three for the Statesmen in the final 15 minutes of regulation and the goals began to fall. Miller and Marasco both scored in the first 4:02 of the quarter to knot the game at 6-6. A goal by Chris Pederson gave the lead back to Hobart briefly before consecutive goals by Daniello put the Orange in front, 8-7, with 5:08 to play.
Syracuse attempted to drain the clock with long possessions down the stretch. But after Silberlicht stopped a shot by senior Cody Jamieson, the Statesmen gained possession and called timeout with 1:15 to go. On the restart, Pedersen lost his man and tied the game with 1:04 remaining.
The Statesmen won the ensuing faceoff, but Marasco rode hard after the ball went back to Silberlicht near his own crease. Marasco continually swatted at the goaltender and eventually forced a wild pass that went out of bounds to Syracuse with 37 seconds left.
As time would down, the Orange worked the ball around to junior Jeremy Thompson, who fired from 12 yards out, but Silberlicht made the save with four seconds to go and flung the ball the length of the field to force overtime.
Jamieson and Miller both had shots at the cage in the extra session, but couldn’t find the game-winner.
Then, with Hobart in possession, junior Joe Coulter knocked the ball away from Mike O’Brien. SU rookie defenseman Brian Megill picked it up and Syracuse raced into the offensive zone. The Orange worked the ball around before it ended up in the stick of Daniello, who drove hard to the cage from X (behind the cage) and dumped it inside to Keogh for the winner.
It was Keogh’s third game-winning goal of the season and the Orange stormed the field to celebrate as Hobart athletic director Mike Hanna presented SU head coach John Desko with the Kraus-Simmons Trophy.
Kevin Curtin led the Statesmen with three points (2g, 1a). Pedersen also had two goals for the hosts, and Tim Bigelow contributed a pair of assists.
The Orange harassed the Statesmen into 22 turnovers during the course of the game, including an 18-for-27 showing on clears. Hobart converted just two of its five clearing attempts in the fourth quarter. The extra possessions helped Syracuse get back in the contest as the visitors outscored Hobart 4-2 in the final frame.
Next up for the Orange is Villanova on Monday, March 29. The Orange hosts the Wildcats at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Sports.
Game Notes: Syracuse has won its last four overtime games dating back to a 2008 OT loss against Virginia … The Orange is 5-0 all-time against Hobart in extra-session affairs … The victory improved Desko’s record to 12-1 all-time against the Statesmen and the Orange is 32-13-1 overall in road games against Hobart … Keogh now has a goal in 25 straight games and at least one point in his last 28 contests … The Orange was 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities in the game after converting on 11-of-14 man-up chances the previous three outings.
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