SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Orange menís lacrosse team wrapped up its fall season by going 1-1-1 at the annual Pumpkin Stickout on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Manley Field House Athletic Complex. Syracuse tied Division II national champion LeMoyne, 6-6, in its opening game. It lost to Hobart, 7-5, in its second outing and closed the day by beating Cornell, 6-4.
Against the Dolphins in its opening contest, the Orange took a 4-2 lead into halftime. Matt Abbott and Mike Hatton each tallied first-quarter scores for SU and Dan Hardy played a role in both Orange goals in the second quarter, assisting on Kenny Nimsí goal at 8:01 and finding the back of the cage himself at 7:22.
Hatton scored again with 4:21 to play in the third period off a feed from Greg Rommel and freshman Chris Daniello got into the act in the fourth period with an unassisted goal at 6:20 to close the scoring for the Orange.
Peter Coluccini played the first half in the cage and made six saves. Casey Rotella stopped two shots in the second half.
Syracuse got off to a fast start again in its clash with Hobart, owning a 4-3 margin at the intermission, but the Statesmen out-scored SU, 4-1, after halftime to notch the victory. Hardy and Nims did most of the offensive damage for the Orange. Hardy registered a pair of goals in the first two quarters and Nims tallied two assists and scored once before the half. Abbott had SUís only goal of the second half, an unassisted score with 4:13 to play in the third period.
Coluccini again played the first half in goal, finishing with two saves. Al Cavalieri made his first appearance of the afternoon in goal versus the Statesmen. He stopped two shots.
SU closed the Stickout against rival Cornell and the Orange used a five-goal first period to take control of the game and defeat the Big Red, 6-4. Rommel scored twice in the opening quarter and Nims tallied a pair of assists. Syracuse also got goals from Pat Perritt (14:26), Steve Panarelli (4:12) and Mike MacDonald (:22) in the stanza.
Hardy put the finishing touches on the victory, scoring off a feed from Nims with 10:31 to play in the contest.
Coluccini stopped 11 shots, including six in the second quarter. Rotella played the final period and recorded four saves.
Nims led the Orange with seven points in the three games (2g, 5a) and Hardy tallied five points (4g, 1a) on the afternoon.
Syracuse will begin its ninth season under Coach John Desko in February, 2007.