SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- No. 8 Syracuse (1-0) scored 10 consecutive goals and cruised to a 12-7 victory against Albany (0-1) in the season opener for both teams Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Carrier Dome. Eight of the Orangeâ€™s 12 goals came from the midfield, including all eight in the first half.
â€œThey must have had a game plan. They werenâ€™t quick to go to our middies,â€ SU head coach John Desko said. â€œIâ€™m guessing they were trying to see if those guys could score and fortunately the guys did in the first half. They limited our attackmen and as a result our middies got some good looks and shot the ball pretty well.â€
Midfielders JoJo Marasco (three goals), Ryan Barber (two goals) Hakeem Lecky (one goal), Luke Cometti (one goal) and Scott Loy (one goal) combined to score SU's eight first-half goals.
Marasco finished with a game-high four points (3g, 1a), including matching his career high with the first-half hat trick. Along with Barber, sophomore attackman Derek Maltz recorded a career-best two goals, and senior Tommy Palasek contributed three assists.
After surrendering the gameâ€™s first two scores, Syracuse held the Great Danes scoreless for 40:44 while the offense took control of the game. Junior Brian Megill led the defensive effort with three ground balls and a career-high tying five caused turnovers. The defense also helped Syracuse overcome nine penalties and 10 Albany extra-man opportunities.
Albanyâ€™s Ty Thompson and Joe Resetarits gave the Great Danes the lead midway through the first quarter with consecutive man-up goals after a two-minute, non-releasable penalty was assessed to redshirt junior David Hamlin. But that was all the offense the visitors mustered until the fourth quarter. The Orange led 8-2 at the half and 10-2 in the fourth before a Lyle Thompson goal with 11:21 to play ended the Albany drought.
Lecky started the Orange scoring spree, notching he first goal of his career at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter. Three goals by Marasco, two by Barber, two by Maltz and one each by Cometti and Loy followed and just like that the Orange had an eight-goal cushion.
After Lyle Thompsonâ€™s goal stopped the Orange run, the Great Danes tallied three of the gameâ€™s next four goals to get within five, 11-6, with 4:45 left, but thatâ€™s as close as the visitors got.
Redshirt sophomore Matthew Lerman made his first start in the cage for Syracuse. Lerman played the first half and recorded six saves to earn the first win of his career. He looked comfortable from the outset, making three saves on Albanyâ€™s first extra-man opportunity in the opening quarter.
Sophomore Dominic Lamolinara relieved Lerman in the second half and totaled a career-best 10 saves, five each in the third and fourth quarters.
For Albany, Resetarits and Ty Thompson combined for six of the teamâ€™s seven goals. Both players had hat tricks. Goalie John Carroll played all 60 minutes and recorded eight saves.
Syracuse vs. Albany
|Jojo Marasco||(3, 1)|
|Tommy Palasek||(0, 3)|
|Ryan Barber||(2, 0)|
|Derek Maltz||(2, 0)|
|Pete Coleman||(1, 0)|
|Henry Schoonmaker||(0, 1)|
|Luke Cometti||(1, 0)|
|Tim Desko||(1, 0)|
|Scott Loy||(1, 0)|
|Hakeem Lecky||(1, 0)|