SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Top-ranked Syracuse (2-0) used a 4-0 second-half run to break open a tie game and went on to defeat Army, 12-7, on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Carrier Dome.
Junior Stephen Keogh and senior Chris Daniello each had four goals to lead the Orange. Two of Keogh’s scores came during the game-clinching run that turned a 5-5 stalemate into a 9-5 Orange advantage.
Syracuse needed the late surge after Army (1-2) scored three straight goals in the third quarter to erase a 5-2 halftime deficit. Baldwinsville native Jeremy Boltus and senior Tyler Seymour keyed the spurt. Boltus had a hand in all three tallies, scoring once and assisting on two goals by Seymour, the last coming with 6:52 left in the third to tie the game.
The score wasn’t deadlocked for long as Keogh notched his second of the day six seconds later to give the hosts a 6-5 lead. Daniello and junior Josh Amidon followed with unassisted goals and Keogh capped the spurt, scoring with 12:05 left in regulation to give the Orange a 9-5 advantage.
A man-up score by Army’s Garrett Thul with 10:25 to play ended the SU run, but the Orange responded with three straight goals to take a 12-6 margin and put the game out of reach.
Syracuse dominated the statistics Sunday. It outshot Army, 55-26, and held a 38-20 advantage in ground balls. However, the Black Knights got a terrific performance from goalie Tom Palesky to keep them in the game. The Orange peppered Palesky with at least 11 shots in every period, but he made 21 saves, including seven in the third quarter, to keep the Black Knights in it.
Palesky was on his game early, making four saves in the opening quarter and holding the Orange to a pair of goals. An unassisted score by Conor Hayes with 12:58 left in the half cut the SU lead to one, but the Orange notched consecutive goals, including the first of the year for redshirt sophomore Tim Desko on a man-up chance, to open up a 4-1 margin.
The two teams traded goals in the latter stages of the second quarter to make it 5-2 at the break.
For the second straight game, senior Gavin Jenkinson and junior Jeremy Thompson controlled the faceoff X. Jenkinson won eight draws and Thompson won seven to lead the Orange to a 15-for-23 showing in the game. Thompson also contributed offensively with a goal and an assist.
Orange junior goalie John Galloway had another solid game in the cage. He stopped 13 shots, including six in the second
quarter, to help Syracuse to a three-goal lead at the half.
Boltus paced the Black Knights with five points, including a game-best three assists. Seymour finished with three goals. He also added a ground ball.
Syracuse will face its first road test of the year next week. The Orange travels to Charlottesville for a matchup with No. 2 Virginia on Sunday, March 7. Faceoff is at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Syracuse has won its last 11 games, the longest current winning streak in the nation … Daniello’s four goals were a career high … Junior Jovan Miller collected a personal-best nine ground balls in the contest … The victory improved the Orange’s record to 15-2 all-time in February games and head coach John Desko’s career record to 8-1 versus the Black Knights.
Syracuse vs. Army