SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE:
Balanced Offense Leads SU On Senior Day
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The top-ranked Orange sent this year’s senior class out victorious with a 13-7 win on Senior Day against No. 19 Colgate (9-6) on Saturday, May 2 at the Carrier Dome. With the victory, the Orange concluded the regular season with a 12-2 record for the second consecutive season.
The Orange never trailed in the contest and boasted 11 different goal scorers Saturday. Senior Dan Hardy and redshirt freshman Tim Desko led the way with two goals each. Senior Kenny Nims paced the offense with five points overall, including four assists.
Syracuse dominated the pace of play from the start, outshooting the Raiders, 15-3, in the first quarter and grabbing a 4-1 lead. The Orange scored three unassisted goals to start the game, two of which came off Colgate turnovers. A Raider miscue led to Saturday’s first goal, scored by sophomore Jovan Miller 4:19 into the contest. Five minutes later, with SU ahead 2-0, classmate Joel White intercepted a pass during a Colgate clear and tossed it into the empty net to push the margin to 3-0. A goal by sophomore Jeff Gilbert gave the Orange a four-goal cushion before Rob Bosco got Colgate on the board with an unassisted score with 45 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
The roles reversed in the second 15 minutes as Colgate held the ball for long stretches on offense and outshot Syracuse, 13-3, in the stanza. However, the Orange scored on two of its three shots, including a laser by Hardy that found the mark from 12 yards out with less than a second to play to give the hosts a 6-2 lead at the half.
The Orange extended its lead to 9-2 lead with three straight goals to begin the third quarter. Junior Cody Jamieson opened the second-half scoring with the first goal of his Orange career at the 8:21 mark of the third when he bulled his way in close and beat Colgate goalkeeper Tim Harrington with a low shot. Goals by Hardy and sophomore Stephen Keogh followed before a score by Colgate’s Michael Crown cut the margin to six, 9-3, with 4:49 to go in the period.
Nims’ only goal of the day pushed the SU advantage back to seven, 10-3, at the 3:26 mark of the third quarter. But Colgate scored four straight times, including a man-up goal by Crown with White and senior defenseman Sid Smith both in the penalty box, to close the gap to 10-7. Patriot League Player of the Year Brandon Corp was critical in the Colgate spurt, assisting on the Raiders’ first three goals in the run and scoring the fourth. However, that was as close as the Raiders got as Syracuse scored the game’s final three goals to secure the win.
Corp led the Raiders with four points (1g, 3a). Nick Monastero was Colgate’s only multi-goal scorer. He finished with two tallies. Kevin Colleluori also finished with two points (1g, 1a) for the visitors.
Smith marked Corp for the majority of the game and shut out the nation’s leading scorer in the first half. Sophomore defenseman John Lade also had a solid day for Syracuse leading the club with five ground balls and limiting Colleluori, Colgate’s second-leading scorer, to just the two points.
The win was the Orange’s fifth in the row and gives the team some momentum heading into the postseason. Syracuse will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday, May 3 when the 16-team field for this year’s championship is revealed live on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
Game Notes: Syracuse wore white jerseys with orange shorts for the first time this season … Saturday’s game was the 200th men’s lacrosse game contested at the Carrier Dome … The Orange is 176-24 all-time at the Dome … Nims extended his point-scoring streak to 30 games … Senior Matt Abbott collected four ground balls and now ranks 10th on the Orange’s career ground ball list with 198 … The victory ended Colgate’s two-game winning streak in the series … Senior Jake Moulton scored the first goal of his career in the fourth quarter ... Desko's two goals tied his career high ... Syracuse improved to 9-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal.
COLGATE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE:
Men's Lacrosse Topped by Syracuse 13-7
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (5/2/09) – Senior attacker Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) recorded four straight points in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the 17th-ranked Colgate University men’s lacrosse team fell 13-7 to No.1 Syracuse, Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.
With the Raiders trailing 10-3 with 2:30 left in the third quarter Corp went on a surge with three straight assists and a goal to trim the Orange lead to 10-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Corp found fellow classmate Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) at the end of the third quarter for the Raiders fourth goal of the game and then opened the final quarter by assisting junior Zack Craumer (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) to bring Colgate within four 10-6. After assisting three straight goals, Corp took the matter into his own hands scoring his 35th goal of the season unassisted to narrow the gap to 10-7 with 10:02 remaining.
With the momentum finally in their favor the Raiders looked keep pressure on Syracuse, but couldn’t as Syracuse senior Jake Moulton scored five seconds later after a clean face-off win to give Syracuse a four goal cushion.
Corp finished with four points to extend his scoring streak to 48-games, while Monastero and Colleluori each posted two.
Syracuse (12-2) recorded the first four goals of the contest to open a 4-0 lead in the first period. The Raiders ended the period with a goal from sophomore Rob Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) with 45 seconds remaining to enter the second quarter down 4-1.
Colgate (9-6, 5-1) out-shot the Orange 11-3 in the second quarter but was outscored 2-1. Monastero scored the Raiders only goal in the period to trim the lead to 5-2, but Syracuse was able to force a turnover and score the closing seconds to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
After the Orange scored three straight goals in the third quarter to extend its lead to 9-2 junior Michael Crown (Winnetka, Ill.) forced a turnover and scored unassisted at 4:49 to help spark the Raiders comeback.
Junior Tim Harrington (Lutherville, Md.) tallied seven stops in goal for Colgate, including six in the first quarter, while John Galloway posted six saves for the Orange.
Photos by Charles Wainwright.
|Kenny Nims||(1, 4)|
|Tim Desko||(2, 0)|
|Jeff Gilbert||(1, 1)|
|Dan Hardy||(2, 0)|
|Stephen Keogh||(1, 1)|
|Joel White||(1, 0)|
|Jake Moulton||(1, 0)|
|Jovan Miller||(1, 0)|
|Scott Kahoe||(1, 0)|
|Cody Jamieson||(1, 0)|
|Chris Daniello||(1, 0)|
|John Galloway||6 (0.462)|