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Maryland Eliminates Syracuse Men in NCAA Quarterfinals

Maryland Eliminates Syracuse Men in NCAA Quarterfinals

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Story and photos by Kerry Bretti

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-  Nationally ranked No. 1 Maryland won its 15th consecutive game Saturday while handing No. 6 Syracuse its final loss of the season in quarterfinals. The Terrapins beat the Orange 13-7 to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Philadelphia next weekend.

“Hats off to Maryland,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “The tempo they played, the way they played today, they just played a complete lacrosse game.

 

Syracuse scores first but Terps take control

Syracuse scored the first goal of the game but it was the only time the Orange would lead. The Terrapins jumped on a 4-1 lead to end the first quarter, then 7-3 at the half. Maryland led 9-6 at the end of the third, and made a final statement in the fourth, winning the quarter 4-1 (again) and ultimately winning the game, 13-7.

Defensively they’re really tough,” Desko said. “Their goalie played great. First-team All-American… We knew we were going to have to have pretty close to a perfect game today and we didn’t.”

 

Great goalie

 

Maryland goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr is credited with the win, saving eight of the first ten shots he saw. Bernlohr faced 22 shots on cage and made 15 saves. Dan Morris replaced Bernlohr with just over one minute remaining and saved the one shot he saw.

“Kyle had his best performance in today’s game,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “He was huge for us. When Syracuse had opportunities you’ve got to give Kyle credit, he came up huge for us.”

Plenty of shots but not many goals

Syracuse’s offense took a total of 40 shots against Maryland. Tim Barber led the Orange in scoring with two goals and one assist. Nate Solomon followed with two goals and Sergio Salcido also had two points on one goal and one assist. Syracuse went one for five on extra-man opportunities.

“I gotta give it to them, they played great defense but everything we worked on in practice was there,” Dylan Donahue said. “We just didn’t capitalize at the end. It is frustrating, [Bernlohr] played a great game but that’s something you can’t think about, just gotta keep shooting, keep playing your game. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t get enough goals.”

“Our whole team was in the game the whole time, I don’t think there was ever a time we thought we couldn’t come back,” redshirt senior defenseman Brandon Mullins said. “I just don’t think we could ever get over that hump.”

 

Terps offensive leaders: Rambo, Young, Maltz

Maryland’s offense was led by Matt Rambo with four goals and two assists. Pat Young recorded a season-high four goals, while Bryan Cole finished with four assists. Dylan Maltz, who transferred from Syracuse to Maryland added a hat trick for the Terrapins.

Maryland scored on two of four man-up opportunities.

Syracuse goalkeeper Evan Molloy made four saves on 17 shots on cage.

Brandon Mullins caused three turnovers on the defensive end for the Orange and picked up three ground balls.

Syracuse’s Ben Williams won 15 of 24 face-offs, including each of the six in the third quarter. Maryland won five of six in the fourth quarter when it pulled away. Will Bonaparte won six of 13 face-offs for the Terps and Austin Henningsen won three of 11.

Syracuse picked up 38 ground balls to Maryland’s 23. The Terps had 12 turnovers to Syracuse’s eight.

“Not our cleanest performance, but the kids found a way,” Tillman said.

 

Next

With the win, Maryland improves to 16-2 and will face No. 5 Brown in the semifinals next Saturday in Philadelphia. The Bears beat Navy 11-10 in the second game at Brown on Saturday.

Syracuse finished at 12-5 for the season.

 

Second Half Surge Leads SU Men Past Albany, 11-9

Second Half Surge Leads SU Men Past Albany, 11-9

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y.– In a tale of two halves, the No. 8 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team rallied past Albany to win 11-9 at the Carrier Dome Sunday night and secure its spot in the quarterfinals against No. 1 Maryland next weekend. The Great Danes lost to the Orange in the […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.– In a tale of two halves, the No. 8 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team rallied past Albany to win 11-9 at the Carrier Dome Sunday night and secure its spot in the quarterfinals against No. 1 Maryland next weekend. The Great Danes lost to the Orange in the Carrier Dome earlier this season, 16-7.

Great Danes start strong

Albany came out firing in the first half, grabbing the first five faceoffs and first two goals securing a 6-2 lead at the half. The Great Danes outshot the Orange in the first two quarters, 21 to 12. Albany’s goalie Blaze Riorden looked strong early, making six saves of the eight that were on cage in the first half.

“That was a hell of an effort by us,” Albany Head Coach Scott Marr said. “This is probably the hardest place to play in college lacrosse. For us to come in here and play the way we did and put on a good show for the fans across the country, like I said I’m extremely proud of my kids.”

Orange turns it around

The Orange won the second half, proving to be the deciding factor. Ben Williams won eight of twelve faceoffs in the second half, giving the Orange more possessions than in the first. Syracuse outshot Albany 27-13 in the second half, outscoring the Great Danes 5-1 in the third quarter and 4-2 in the fourth.

“Once you look at the scoreboard at halftime you realize this is it, we’ve got to do something here,” SU midfielder Sergio Salcido said. “That’s when we all stepped up and started making plays.”

“We knew they were going to throw a punch but we thought that if we hit them with the first punch they wouldn’t have a chance to gain momentum. In a place like this, they get a couple goals and the crowd gets into it,” Albany midfielder John Maloney said. “It’s not like we gave up or didn’t give 100 percent effort, it’s just that some things didn’t go our way.”



Scorers

Salcido led the Orange in scoring with a pair of goals and two assists. Tim Barber followed with a two goals and one assist and Jordan Evans also had two goals. Nick Mariano, Derek DeJoe, Matt Lane, Joe Gillis and Dylan Donahue each added one goal.

“They’re a matchup nightmare,” Riorden said of Syracuse’s depth. “It’s the fact that they can run five or six attackmen in a game and still have success on the offensive end.”

Albany scoring was led by Maloney with two goals and one assist, followed by Connor Fields and Adam Osika who each added a pair of goals. Seth Oakes finished with one goal and one assist. Neither team had any penalties and thus no man-up opportunities.

Even at the X

Despite the difference in numbers by half, Williams and Albany faceoff man Zach Ornstein split the faceoffs 12 of 24. Williams finished with four of ten in the first half and eight of 14 in the second. Ornstein finished with six of ten in the first and six of 14 in the second.

“It’s just five faceoffs,” Williams said. “You’ve got to take them one at a time. I don’t look up at the scoreboard, I don’t like how we keep track of faceoffs on the scoreboard anyway so just one at a time and we chipped away at it.”

“Ben Williams and their whole unit; they work hard week in and week out,” Ornstein said. “They have a ton of guys, Coach Donahue even. They just work hard. They don’t get nervous. We win the first five faceoffs, they win the next five. [Ben Williams] is a very calm and content faceoff guy. He doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s just a grinder.”

Between the pipes

Evan Molloy also improved during his time in goal for the Orange, saving seven of 13 in the first before saving five of eight in the second. Again, Riorden saved six of eight shots during the first half but dropped to three of 12 in the second while Syracuse was taking more opportunities on cage.

With the win, Syracuse improves to 12-4 and will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals where the Orange will face Maryland in Providence, Rhode Island on May 21.

“I think the type of game it was, you know rolling our sleeves up in the second half and really getting after it will help us next week,” Syracuse Head Coach John Desko said.

Treanor Shines as Syracuse Defeats Louisville 13-10

Treanor Shines as Syracuse Defeats Louisville 13-10

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Number four ranked Syracuse stopped No. 8 Louisville 13-10 on the Orange’s “Senior Day” and final game of the regular season at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. Syracuse jumped out to a 3-0 start and led the entire game, although the Cardinals got within one at 11-10 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Number four ranked Syracuse stopped No. 8 Louisville 13-10 on the Orange’s “Senior Day” and final game of the regular season at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. Syracuse jumped out to a 3-0 start and led the entire game, although the Cardinals got within one at 11-10 late in the game. Senior Kayla Treanor became Syracuse’s all-time career leader in scoring with 151 goals.

“I feel really lucky to have been able to play here and have played with such good players,” Treanor said. “There are a lot of people before me that set the path and without my teammates I would have never gotten these opportunities. Without playing on such good teams you don’t get as many opportunities as I’ve been so fortunate to have.”

Kudos for Kayla

“She’s had a great career here.” Orange head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s been tremendous not just on the field but off the field as a leader and a great teammate. Those are probably her true strengths. The leadership she exemplifies and the result is the great play, the awards, the accolades but really what she brings to the team are the intangibles and the leadership.”

Treanor led the Orange in points with two goals and three assists. Freshman Nicole Levy wasn’t modest on senior day, registering a hat trick for the Orange. Kelly Cross scored a pair of goals for the Orange and Erica Bodt added one goal and two assists. The Orange took 25 shots and scored on four of six free positions.

“I’ve learned a lot [from Treanor] obviously,” Levy said. “I’ll continue to learn and look up to her. She’s helped me as a player and a person. She’s helped me develop on and off the field.”

Treanor also thrived at the draw circle. Before this game, Louisville’s Kaylin Morissette was the nation’s leader in draw controls. The Orange won that battle, possessing 16 of 25 draws. Treanor beat Morissette, grabbing 12 to Morissette’s four.

“To have 12 draw controls against the number one draw control person in the country, who only had four, is amazing,” Gait said. “Her biggest feat of the day was dominating the top control person in the country.”

Cards fight hard

Louisville scoring was led by Cortnee Daley who finished with five goals. Madison Hoover followed with two goals and one assist and Hannah Koloski also added a pair of goals. The Cardinals took 20 shots and capitalized on six of nine free positions. Louisville was able to pull within one goal with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game but never scored thereafter.

“Louisville is a good team, they didn’t give up but the good thing is that we had answers,” Gait said.

Syracuse registered 14 turnovers to Louisville’s seven and the defense only had four caused turnovers to Louisville’s seven. Louisville tallied 36 fouls and three yellow cards. Syracuse capitalized on two of the three man-up opportunities. The Orange committed 21 fouls.

Allie Murray played the full 60 minutes in cage for the Orange, saving five shots on 15 shots on goal. Louisville’s Kelly Gielner also played the full 60 minutes and tallied four saves on 17 shots on goal.

Next

With the win, Syracuse improves to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the ACC. Louisville drops to 12-4 overall and 3-4 in ACC play.

Next up, Syracuse will play Boston College in the ACC tournament in Blacksburg, Virginia on Thursday, April 28. The Orange lost to the Golden Eagles,13-8 on March 19.
“It’s an opportunity for us to prove that we can get over the hump with them again and having lost to them at Boston College,” Gait said. “I think the players are very excited to have an opportunity to play them again.”.

Treanor Breaks Record in Senior Day Win Over Louisville

Treanor Breaks Record in Senior Day Win Over Louisville

By Lindsey Horsting Photo by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was senior day for the women’s lacrosse team at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, but emotions aside – it was all business.  The No. 5 ranked Syracuse (5-2 ACC) beat No. 7 ranked Louisville (3-4 ACC) 13-10. It was fitting that senior attack Kayla […]

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By Lindsey Horsting
Photo by Kerry Bretti

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was senior day for the women’s lacrosse team at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, but emotions aside – it was all business.  The No. 5 ranked Syracuse (5-2 ACC) beat No. 7 ranked Louisville (3-4 ACC) 13-10.

It was fitting that senior attack Kayla Treanor scored two goals putting her on the pedestal as the Orange’s all-time leader in goals with 251.

Her hard work has paid off in great play, awards, and accolades, but on and off the field her greatest strengths are her leadership and being a great teammate, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said.

“It’s nice to see her step up and get it done, she’s had a great career here,” he said.

Treanor appeared to have scored a goal with one second on the clock before halftime that would have made her the all-time leading scorer before the half, but the play was reviewed and the goal was revoked as the officials ruled it didn’t leave her stick in time.

Her coaches told her it had been revoked in the locker room and when she reached the milestone in the second half it didn’t feel any more or less of an accomplishment, she said.

“We were not doing well in the second half, and we needed a score so it was good to get another goal,” Treanor said.

First Half

Syracuse won the opening draw and went on a 3-0 run with goals by Treanor, freshman attack Nicole Levy, and senior midfield Kelly Cross.

“I thought we played well from the beginning, getting up and controlling the game,” Gait said.

Louisville took a timeout to slow the Orange down and came out of the timeout scoring two goals by senior defense Courtney Boyd and senior midfield Courtnee Daley.

It was back-and-forth as Syracuse scored two goals and the Cardinals responded with two goals.  Syracuse went on another 3-0 run to end the half, giving Syracuse the lead 8-5.  Levy had three goals at the end of the half.

Second Half

In the second half the teams went point for point until the Cardinal’s Daley scored her fifth goal of the afternoon with 15:59 left in the game, closing the gap to 11-9.  Cardinals’ sophomore midfield Jillian Balog then scored making it 11-10.

But Syracuse goalkeeper Allie Murray made two saves to help the Orange maintain the lead.

With under seven minutes remaining in the second half Treanor scored the 251st goal of her Syracuse career on an assist by sophomore attack Riley Donahue, putting the Orange up 12-10.  Senior attack Halle Majorana scored on an assist by senior midfield Erica Bodt to give the Orange the lead 13-10.

The Orange then played keep away for most of the remaining minutes.

Syracuse scored on four of six free position shots and five of those attempts came in the second half.  Louisville scored on six of nine free position shots.

Accomplishments

Louisville senior midfield Kaylin Morissette leads the nation in draw controls per game. Treanor had 12 draw controls against Morisette who had four.

“I thought that was her biggest feat of the day was dominating the best draw control person in the country,” Gait said.

Treanor finished the game with two goals and three assists for five points.  Levy had three goals for three points and Bodt had one goal and two assists for three points.

It was a sentimental day for Bodt.

“We’ve had so many good memories here together and this is something we’ll never forget,” she said.  “This will always be ‘Home in the Dome’.”

Louisville’s Daley finished with five goals for five points and sophomore Madison Hoover had two goals and one assist for three points.

Up Next

The win against the Cardinals gives Syracuse the No. 2 seed for the ACC tournament that kicks off on Thursday April 28 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  The Orange will face off against Boston College in the quarterfinal game. The Eagles upset the Orange at BC 13-8 on March 19.

Orange gets defensive versus Binghamton, 13-5

Orange gets defensive versus Binghamton, 13-5

By Zach Francis Syracuse, NY – For a team that has struggled to stop opponents recently, and was desperately trying to gain some momentum heading into next week’s ACC tournament, the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team needed a strong performance. That’s what it gave Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.as Syracuse (8-4) defeated Binghamton (4-8) 13-5. […]

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Syracuse, NY – For a team that has struggled to stop opponents recently, and was desperately trying to gain some momentum heading into next week’s ACC tournament, the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team needed a strong performance. That’s what it gave Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.as Syracuse (8-4) defeated Binghamton (4-8) 13-5.

After not allowing a goal for the final 12:23 last Saturday against North Carolina, the Orange held the Bearcats without a goal for the first 36:35. Syracuse led 9-0 at the half.

The scoreless half was the first defensively for Syracuse since April 14, 2015 against Hobart. Syracuse won that game 18-5.

“We tried to jump on them early, and a little later we started to show a little fatigue, but all in all it was a good win for us,” head coach John Desko said. “There’s been a real focus in the last few weeks on our team defense. I thought we did really well, and pretty well against Cornell. Even better against UNC. We were a little slow at times today, but I thought we did pretty well.”

This was the fourth game in 14 days for the Orange.

Offensive Onslaught Early

After winning the opening faceoff, Syracuse took just 66 seconds to put the ball in the back of the net, courtesy of Nick Mariano. Just another minute and a half later, Tim Barber scored his 19th goal of the season for an early 2-0 lead.

A strong defensive effort by both teams kept the game close for the remainder of the quarter. Mariano scored his second goal of the quarter with 14 seconds to go. After the Orange got the clear, Mariano got the ball just inside midfield and raced the rest of the way to the net. Cutting just before the crease, he flipped the ball around his back and right past Binghamton goalkeeper Tanner Cosens.

Mariano finished with a game high four goals. He now leads the team with 29 goals on the year.

“My teammates just keep setting up good shots for me,” Mariano said. “I’m just trying to do what I can with what I’m given.”

The Orange scored five more goals in the second quarter including two straight by Dylan Donahue in a minute and forty seconds. That extended the local product’s scoring streak to 51 games, the longest streak in the country. Donahue leads the Orange with 27 assists on the year to go along with his 21 goals.

“Offense is always a work in progress,” Donahue said. “I’m just trying to do whatever they need me to do. We’re really just now starting to figure out who we are, and we’re just playing well together.”

Goal Play Key

Two dominant performances in goal kept this game much closer than it appeared. Evan Molloy recorded four saves and only one goal in 38 minutes. A strong performance by the defensive front kept the Bearcats out of the goal for the first 37 minutes.

“Sliding recovery has been a key for us the past couple of weeks,” defenseman Brandon Mullins said. “I thought we had a good showing against UNC and our momentum carried over into this game. Hopefully that carries over to the ACC tournament.”

Struggling goalkeeper Warren Hill saw 15 minutes of action in the second half, and he made some strides to getting his confidence back after being rattled for much of the season, especially during the Orange’s three game losing streak.

He bounced back in this one with three saves including a quick reaction save of a shot from just outside the crease.

The performance of the night came from Cosens for Binghamton. In 56 minutes, he came away with a season high 14 saves. His career high is 16 against Vermont last season. In facing 42 shots, he allowed all 13 goals, but stopped or affected many more than that.

“I thought he saw too many shots, but I thought he played well,” Binghamton coach Scott Nelson said. “He had nine saves in the first half, which is a pretty good day. Thank God he played well. Otherwise it could have been really ugly.”

Next Up

Syracuse will have the next nine days off before playing in the ACC tournament. The Orange men have the chance at the second or the fourth seed depending on the result of UNC vs Notre Dame. No matter the seed, the Orange will play the Tar Heels in the first round.

Orange Beats Binghamton 13-5 Before Heading to ACC Semifinal

Orange Beats Binghamton 13-5 Before Heading to ACC Semifinal

By Lindsey Horsting SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange continued its winning record against the Binghamton Bearcats Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome with an easy 13-5 win. Syracuse holds a 5-0 record over the New York foe. Junior attack Nick Mariano led the charge with 4 goals.  Mariano credited his team with putting him in good […]

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By Lindsey Horsting

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange continued its winning record against the Binghamton Bearcats Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome with an easy 13-5 win. Syracuse holds a 5-0 record over the New York foe.

Junior attack Nick Mariano led the charge with 4 goals.  Mariano credited his team with putting him in good position to score and succeed.

“They’re getting good dodges, they’re drawing slides for me and I’m just trying to get my shot from outside and off-ball,” he said.

This was the fourth game the Orange played in 14 days .  The team came out strong against the Bearcats in the first half but Binghamton showed some fight in the second half as the Orange’s schedule looked like it might be wearing on the team and Syracuse head coach John Desko gave some of his bench players some time on the field.

“We wanted to come out focused and try to jump on them early in the game and I think as the game went on we showed there was a touch of fatigue there, a couple mental errors, some turnovers,” Desko said.  “It was a good win for us.”

First Half

The Orange held a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Mariano had two goals, and senior midfielder Tim Barber and junior midfield Jordan Evans had one goal apiece.

In the beginning of the second quarter the Bearcats held the Orange scoreless until 4:17 before halftime. Then Syracuse unleashed five goals before the break.  Red shirt senior attack Dylan Donahue had back-to-back goals, and junior midfield and faceoff man Ben Williams, red shirt junior Sergio Salcido, and red shirt sophomore Matt Lane each scored one goal.

Despite have let nine goals in, Binghamton junior goalie Tanner Cosens had nine saves at the break.  At half time Syracuse had outshot Binghamton 24-11.  During the Syracuse scoring drought early in the second quarter the Bearcats had multiple opportunities to score and close the gap but were unable to capitalize Binghamton head coach Scott Nelson said.

“We have some pretty good dodgers in the midfield and they didn’t do a very good job tonight,” he said.

The Orange defense played a factor in the Bearcats’ first half struggles.

“I think there’s been a real focus for the last few weeks that our team defense and our sliding and recovering and I thought it did really well,” Desko said.

Second Half

Salcido opened the scoring in the second half for the Orange.  Binghamton junior midfield Matthew Kaser scored the first goal for the Bearcats with 8:15 left in the third quarter leaving the Orange up 10-1.

Syracuse switched senior Warren Hill for red shirt junior Evan Molloy with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter and Hill would play the remainder of the game.

Orange graduate student attack Nick Piroli scored the last goal of the night for Syracuse with 9:00 remaining.  Binghamton scored three goals in the last nine minutes.

Key Performances

Mariano finished the game with five points: four goals and one assist.  Barber and Donahue finished with three points each; Barber had one goal and two assists and Donahue had two goals and one assist.

Binghamton red shirt sophomore Sean Gilroy had a team-high three points with two goals and one assist.  Cosens finished the game with 14 saves.

“I thought our goalie played well,” Nelson said.  “I thought he saw too many shots, too many good shots you know, but I thought he had a good night.”

Syracuse won the faceoffs 15-5.

Remembering Pearl

Dwayne “Pearl” Washington was remembered before the lacrosse game.  The Syracuse basketball legend  died Wednesday after a struggle with cancer and at the post-game press conference.
Desko reminisced about Washington’s half court shot to beat Boston College

“It was great to see that highlight up there and we’ll probably never forget number 31,” he said.

Up Next

The Orange will face North Carolina in the ACC Semifinal Friday April 29 in Kennesaw, Georgia.  The time of the game is yet to be determined.

Iron Pigs Sweep Doubleheader

Iron Pigs Sweep Doubleheader

By Yonah Perline Photo Courtesy Syracuse Chiefs Syracuse, N.Y. — the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs came from behind in both ends of a doubleheader at NBT Bank Stadium, Wednesday, to edge the Syracuse Chiefs at the start of a home stand. Game 1 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 3 – Syracuse Chiefs 2 Iron Pigs capitalize […]

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By Yonah Perline

Photo Courtesy Syracuse Chiefs

Syracuse, N.Y. — the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs came from behind in both ends of a doubleheader at NBT Bank Stadium, Wednesday, to edge the Syracuse Chiefs at the start of a home stand.

Game 1

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 3 – Syracuse Chiefs 2
Iron Pigs capitalize on shaky defense

The game started well for the Syracuse Chiefs, who scored two in the bottom of the third, and their starter, Paolo Espino (0-1), hadn’t allowed a hit or walk through the first three innings. But, Iron Pigs second baseman Darnell Sweeney started the fourth with a single through the right side, and things went downhill from there. After a wild pitch, Taylor Featherston grounded one deep into the shortstop hole, and Trea Turner gathered it, but could not make a throw. With runners on first and third, Espino struck out four-batter Nick Williams to get the first out, but the next play changed the course of the inning and game.

Andrew Knapp hit a short dribbler down the first base line but first baseman Matt Skole’s throw to first was high and Scott Sizemore had to jump off the bag to catch it. Knapp was safe and the play was counted as a single, but it should’ve been an out.

“Obviously that’s a play we gotta make,” Chiefs manager Billy Gardner said. “I think [Skole] just got caught up thinking of going to home when he should’ve just went straight to first.”

With one run in, one out, and runners on first and second, Brock Stassi one-hopped the right-center field wall for a double and an RBI to tie the game at two. Cedric Hunter followed with a sacrifice ground ball to put the Iron Pigs ahead 3-2. Espino got Will Venable to pop out to end the inning.

Paolo Espino took the loss after tossing six innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, no walks, and striking out six. He was solid except for one inning.

Iron Pigs pitcher Jake Thompson threw six innings as well, but allowed only two runs, both coming in the bottom of the third, on six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. Chiefs’ shortstop Trea Turner was the only player comfortable against him as he hit three singles including a bunt single on the first pitch of the game

Edward Mujica struck out Chiefs’ second basemen Scott Sizemore looking on a 91-mph outside fastball in the bottom of the 7th to earn the save in just 10 pitches.

Game 2

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5  Syracuse Chiefs 4
Martin blows save opportunity

The Iron Pigs used a four-run 7th inning to spoil a potential Chiefs victory. Up 4-1, closer Rafael Martin didn’t even record an out before serving up the game-tying three-run home run to Darnell Sweeney. And with a brand new inning, Martin let the go-ahead run on base in Tyler Featherston, who hit a double. The two next batters, Cameron Perkins and J.P.Arencibia, struck out and didn’t advance the runner or get a hit, but with two outs and and Featherston still on second, Tommy Joseph delivered a ground-rule double to put the Iron Pigs ahead 5-4.

“Normally he finishes that game off,” Gardner said of Martin. “I don’t think his stuff was there tonight like he normally has.”

The Chiefs had an opportunity to come back against the Iron Pigs closer, Luis Garcia, in the bottom of the 7th, but they couldn’t cash in after two one-out singles. With runners on the corners, Matt Skole struck out looking, and Brian Goodwin grounded out to short to end the game.

Syracuse put two runs on the board in the 2nd inning, and then tacked on one run in both the 3rd and 4th innings, which made it 4-0. The Iron Pigs scored one in the top of the fifth, which set up their improbable four-run 7th.

Iron Pigs pitcher Gregory Infante earned the win with two shutout innings of relief, and Garcia got the save. Syracuse starter Aaron Laffey went just three innings, but allowed no runs. Martin blew the save opportunity and took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks.

There were 24 hits in the game compared to just 10 in the first.

Both teams’ shortstops led the offenses: Syracuse’s Trea Turner went 5-8 on the day, while Tyler Featherston went 5-7.

Syracuse Women Edge Cornell with Strong First Half

Syracuse Women Edge Cornell with Strong First Half

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti ITHACA, N.Y.- The Number 4 ranked Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse team handed No. 20 Cornell its third loss of the season and first at home Tuesday evening on Schoellkopf Field, defeating the Big Red 9-7. The Big Red had only lost twice this season; once at No. 1 Maryland and most recently […]

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ITHACA, N.Y.- The Number 4 ranked Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse team handed No. 20 Cornell its third loss of the season and first at home Tuesday evening on Schoellkopf Field, defeating the Big Red 9-7. The Big Red had only lost twice this season; once at No. 1 Maryland and most recently at No. 11 Princeton.

Syracuse led the entire game, fueled by a strong first half. The Orange led 5-2 at the break behind a pair of goals from Kayla Treanor. Nicole Levy and Taylor Gait also added two goals each for Syracuse.

Almost 11 minutes passed in the middle of the second half without either team scoring.

“I thought we played pretty well in the beginning even though we didn’t shoot well in the first half we came out in the second half a little better focused on the shooting,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said.

Finishing without Majorana

Offensive power Halle Majorana received two yellow cards and was ejected from the game with 18:57 remaining in the second half. Majorana finished with two assists. Syracuse went three for six on free position shots.

“It happens. I just told her I was happy she was riding hard,” Gait said. “She needs to learn how to control her stick a little bit better but I love the effort she was giving throughout that first forty minutes she did play. She put in a solid effort on that side.”

Big Red keeps after it

Cornell was led by Aime Dickson with two goals and one assist. Joey Coffy followed with two goals, including one with five seconds left in the game. The Big Red went one for five on free position shots.

“They didn’t give up. It was all a team effort on their part,” Gait said of Cornell. “We had it pretty much in control up 9-4 with a few minutes left and they scrapped hard to get the ball back and get a couple quick goals.”

In the goal, at the draw, on the ground

Allie Murray played the full 60 minutes in cage for the Orange. Murray was active, causing two turnovers and scooping four ground balls. Murray made five saves on 12 shots on goal.

Cornell’s Renee Poullott also played the entire game. Poullott tallied six ground balls while saving ten saves on 19 shots on goal.

Cornell won the battle at the draw circle, grabbing ten of 18 draws. The Big Red also came up with more ground balls, taking 16 of 30. Cornell did have more turnovers, though, committing 17 to Syracuse’s 12.

“Kids are making mistakes and we need to sharpen it up,” Gait said.

With the win, Syracuse improves to 13-4 and Cornell drops to 10-3.
Next
 
The Orange hosts ACC rival Louisville at noon on Saturday in the Carrier Dome in the regular season finale.

Cornell is at Harvard in an Ivy League game on Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

Syracuse Sticks it to North Carolina

Syracuse Sticks it to North Carolina

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti  SYRACUSE, N.Y.- The No. 11- ranked Syracuse Orange hosted No. 10 North Carolina in the Orange’s last ACC matchup of the regular season at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. After a string of recent losses, Syracuse proved a team to still be reckoned with, defeating UNC 13-7.  In a […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.- The No. 11- ranked Syracuse Orange hosted No. 10 North Carolina in the Orange’s last ACC matchup of the regular season at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

After a string of recent losses, Syracuse proved a team to still be reckoned with, defeating UNC 13-7. 

In a game of runs, this matchup seemed somewhat reminiscent of the overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and Duke as Syracuse took an early lead only for North Carolina to make a comeback. 

Not this time, though. The Tar Heels fell short after a late surge and the Orange took off again.

Strong Orange start

The Orange men went on a 6-0 run in the first half, giving them a 8-2 lead going into the break. North Carolina then had a 5-1 run in the second half, giving Syracuse head coach John Desko memories of the Orange losses at Hopkins and Duke as well as at Cornell just this past Tuesday night.

“They got within two and I kept looking at the clock,” Desko said. “It wasn’t running fast enough. I thought somebody kept turning it off but our defense played tough and we got the ball on offense and were able to score a couple more.”

The Orange fired four more shots into the back of the cage before the final whistle to seal the win. 

Offense

Syracuse offense was led by Sergio Salcido who finished with three goals and two assists. Nick Mariano also added a hat trick while Tim Barber had two goals and an assist. Dylan Donahue served four assists to his teammates while adding a goal of his own. The Orange went two for two on man-up opportunities.

North Carolina was led by Michael Tagliaferri with four goals, followed by Luke Goldstock who added two goals and one assist. The Orange defense didn’t give North Carolina any man-up opportunities.

At the X

Syracuse’s Ben Williams finished with 16 of 24 faceoffs, including all six in the fourth quarter. Stephen Kelly took the faceoffs for North Carolina and won the remaining eight of 24.

“Benny has been playing his heart out for us all the time,” Syracuse goalkeeper Evan Molloy said. “Whether the team is playing well or in a rut a little bit there he always gives his all.”

In the goal

Molloy made his third start of the season, saving nine of 16 shots on cage.  Molloy made a save on the first shot of the game which was cleared and resulted in the first Syracuse goal.

“That’s kind of the most fun part of playing goalie for me,” Molloy said. “Playing offense there getting the ball down the field. The guys love when we run and gun like that.”

Brian Balkam played the full 60 minutes in cage for the Tar Heels, making ten saves on 23 shots on goal.
Orange is in

With the win, Syracuse improves to 7-4 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC and secures a spot in the ACC tournament. North Carolina drops to 6-5 and 2-1 in the ACC.

Ahead

Syracuse hosts Binghamton on Wednesday night at 7:00 in a non-league game. The ACC Tournament starts Friday, April 29 in Kennesaw, Ga. Syracuse has one more non-league home game after that, against Colgate on Saturday, May 7.

North Carolina Women Prevail in One-Goal Game Against Syracuse

North Carolina Women Prevail in One-Goal Game Against Syracuse

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti  SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Syracuse hosted North Carolina at the Carrier Dome on Saturday in an ACC Women’s Lacrosse top two matchup. In a game of runs, the Tar Heels made them count, outlasting the Orange 12-11.  After the Heels began stalling late in the second half, up by one, it […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Syracuse hosted North Carolina at the Carrier Dome on Saturday in an ACC Women’s Lacrosse top two matchup. In a game of runs, the Tar Heels made them count, outlasting the Orange 12-11. 

After the Heels began stalling late in the second half, up by one, it nearly sealed the deal for the UNC win. With 36 seconds left and a glimmer of hope for the Orange, the Tar Heels turned the ball over on the Syracuse end line. 

The Orange would have 36 to clear the ball and score a goal to tie the game at 12. The clear got to about midfield before the Orange turned it back over with 19 seconds left. That was be the ball game.

“Two very good teams going head to head and it’s a game of runs,” Syracuse Coach Gary Gait said. “They got that last run and got up on us.”



Orange leads at halftime, but Tar Heels recover

Syracuse went into halftime up by one goal supported by a powerful 6-1 run. The Tar Heels made the second half theirs, winning the half 5-3 and ultimately putting them past the Orange. Senior Sammy Jo Tracy led North Carolina’s scoring with three goals and one assist. Carly Reed added a hat trick for the Tar Heels. Sophomore Ela Hazar had six points on two goals and four assists.

“You keep giving a good team like that the ball, they’re going to score on you,” Gait said.

Scorers and Stoppers

Syracuse scoring was led by Riley Donahue who also had six points, finishing with four goals and two assists. Kayla Treanor added two goals and two assists while Halle Majorana and Kelly Cross each added two goals. Syracuse lost at the draw circle as well, only grabbing 12 of 25 draws.

North Carolina played two goalies, each seeing a half of the action. Caylee Waters started for the Tar Heels, saving only two of ten shots on goal. Megan Ward stepped in for her at the half and saved seven of ten shots on goal, a huge difference maker for the Heels. Ward is credited with the win.

“She [Ward] played great,”Gait said. “Seven saves in the second half to really turn the game around for them. She got in our shooters heads a little bit.”

Syracuse’s Allie Murray played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Orange . Murray made six saves on 18 shots on goal. Syracuse tallied 31 fouls and three yellow cards against the Tar Heels. Carolina was one for three on free positions and Syracuse scored one of four free positions.

Tar Heels title, next
With the win, North Carolina improves to 12-2 and wraps up the ACC regular season title at 6-0 with one game left in conference play. The Tar Heels host Duke next Saturday, April 23.

Syracuse drops to 12-4 and 4-2 in the ACC, with one conference game at home against Louisville on Saturday, April 23. First, the Orange women will visit Cornell this Tuesday, April 19.

Orange Shakes Off Losses, Finishes Off Tar Heels

Orange Shakes Off Losses, Finishes Off Tar Heels

By James Anderson Photo by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After yet another heartbreaking overtime loss on Tuesday to Cornell for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team, and its four loss in five games, it was understandable to assume that the Orange were in a low place. With 11th ranked ACC opponent North Carolina coming in to […]

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By James Anderson
Photo by Kerry Bretti

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After yet another heartbreaking overtime loss on Tuesday to Cornell for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team, and its four loss in five games, it was understandable to assume that the Orange were in a low place. With 11th ranked ACC opponent North Carolina coming in to town, and a loss to the Tar Heels meaning Syracuse falling further behind in the conference standings, Syracuse was in need of a rebound.

And the Orange did just that, fending off a second half-long UNC rally to pick up the win over the Tar Heels, 13-7 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido both notched hat tricks for the Orange, with Michael Tagliaferri notching four goals in the counterattack for North Carolina. Tim Barber and Jordan Evans knocked in two for Syracuse in the winning effort, and goalie Evan Molloy pulled in nine saves in net for the Orange.

“I thought these guys, our guys just had a tremendous effort today,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I thought we came ready to play, sensed it in the locker room that there was a lot of energy there, and to come out and get that lead in the 1st half was big for us.”

Strong SU start, long Tar Heels’ drought

Syracuse established a lead as big as six in the first half, proving to be the difference maker as North Carolina did not overcome the deficit; despite a hard charge in the second half to battle back, the lead never shrank below two for the Orange.

22:42 minutes of game time passed during North Carolina’s long drought, with a Luke Goldstock goal finally breaking through and jump-starting a strong third quarter for the Tar Heels.

“I thought the defense was very, very stingy, and we slid into cover better than we have all year…we’ve been working on that, so it’s nice to see that pay off.” said Desko.

 

Dominant Orange first half

The squads traded goals to open the contest, with Barber and Salcido starting up their productive days with a goal apiece, and two goals from Tagliaferri for North Carolina in response. However, Syracuse locked in after UNC’s score making it even at two, and ripped off six straight goals for the rest of the half to take a solid lead into halftime, 8-2. Nick Mariano picked up two goals of his hat trick during this stretch, Salcido and Barber scored for their second goals each, and Joe Gillis and Dylan Donahue joined in on the run. Donahue lead the game in assists with four dishes for Syracuse.

 

UNC Closes Gap, But Can’t Overcome

As mentioned, the Tar Heels ended their drought quickly in the third quarter, but actually started up a run of their own on the Orange, outpacing Syracuse 4-1 in the quarter to draw within three with the final quarter remaining. Syracuse’s only tally in the 15 minute stretch on Salcido’s hat trick-completing goal, but the Tar Heels wrestled control and momentum away in a four goal run, carrying into the fourth quarter.

Tagliaferri was the prime motivator, splashing in two more goals to up his total to four, and trimming the lead down to two with 12:23 left. Goldstock picked up his second score, and Jake Matthai joined in with a strike, but despite the run, the Tar Heels did not come any closer.

“I think what we saw in this game is that when our defense kind of needed something, our offense and Benny (Ben Voigt) put on for us, they got us the ball, they put the ball in the net, and then you know, if the offense is having trouble at times, we get the stops, and that’s a great team win,” Syracuse goalie Evan Molloy said.

Syracuse slammed home four goals in a row of its own to put it away for good, shaking off previous issues of the Orange finishing games, and more importantly, avoiding going to overtime, where Syracuse has been snake-bitten three times this season. Jordan Evans piled up his two goals for the day in the rally, with Mariano racking his third, and Nick Weston joining in, giving the Orange the decisive 13-7 win.
“Well, I think the game started to play out in the second half like some of our overtime losses, where the other team came back, we weren’t able to sustain the lead.” Desko said.

“And tonight I thought between some of the faceoffs, it was great, and our defense really, you know, holding them and playing good defense keeping the goals down, and our offense able to counter and put some goals up to create a bigger lead going down in the 4th quarter, that’s something that we haven’t had in those losses, so just the way it played out, we were challenged again, they got within a couple and we were able to overcome that, which we hadn’t done earlier.”

Notes

With the victory, Syracuse qualified for the upcoming ACC Tournament in its last ACC conference game of the season, and with one final game remaining on the schedule.

Desko was asked about the team needing the win after the tough losses prior, and interjected with a smile, “Well, you guys keep saying that”, referring to the media coverage during the week.

Syracuse moved to 7-4 and finished even in the ACC schedule at 2-2. as North Carolina dropped to 6-5 for the year, and its first ACC loss. (2-1) The Orange is at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday, hosting non-conference opponent Binghamton. ACC tournament play begins Friday, April 29th. Syracuse has one more home game after the ACC tournament, with Colgate coming in on Saturday, May 7.

Tar Heels Edge Orange Women in Top-5 Matchup

Tar Heels Edge Orange Women in Top-5 Matchup

By Nick Richardson Photo by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a showdown of two of the best women’s lacrosse teams in the country, the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels emerged with a hard-fought, 12-11 victory over the No. 4 Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. “Two very good teams going […]

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By Nick Richardson
Photo by Kerry Bretti

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a showdown of two of the best women’s lacrosse teams in the country, the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels emerged with a hard-fought, 12-11 victory over the No. 4 Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

“Two very good teams going head-to-head,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “I think it was a game of runs. They got that last run and got up on us and we just didn’t find a way to bury it.”

Both teams went on 5-0 runs during the contest. Unfortunately for the Orange, the Tar Heels’ run came at a more opportune time in the second half. UNC kept Syracuse off the board for most of the half to seal the win.

The Tar Heels improved to 12-2 on the season and remain perfect in ACC play with a 6-0 conference record. The loss for the Orange marked its first defeat since losing to Boston College 13-8 back on March 19th. Syracuse now stands at 12-4 overall and 4-2 in the ACC.

Fast Start

Both teams got off to blistering starts. Syracuse’s Riley Donahue opened the scoring just 43 seconds in, but was quickly answered by back-to-back goals for North Carolina. A Kelly Cross goal made the score 2-2 less than two minutes into the game.

The pace slowed down some as the game progressed. After the Tar Heels went up 4-2 with 21:51 left, the Orange went on a 5-0 (including two more goals from Donahue) to take a 7-4 lead.

Back and Forth

North Carolina recovered and managed to cut SU’s lead to 8-7 going into halftime despite being outshot by the Orange 20-11.

A big factor in SU’s failure to capitalize was some sloppy play in the midfield, turning the ball over nine times in the first half alone.

“The biggest difference was giving the ball back when we had opportunities,” Gait said.

Offense Goes Cold

The Tar Heels made a goalie change at the half, bringing in senior Megan Ward to replace junior Caylee Waters. The switch proved to be a wise decision. UNC’s defense completely shut down the Orange women in the second half, limiting them to three goals and holding the Orange scoreless over the final 10:54 of the game.

“She got in our shooters’ heads a little bit,” Gait said about Ward. “She made a couple saves early and then we missed the net a bunch and we didn’t put it in. She was definitely a game-changer today.”

The Orange recorded 17 shots in the second half, but was unable to capitalize on several restarts that might have put Syracuse ahead.

“We just tried to slow our game down,” Donahue said. “Maybe if we kept our pace up we would have kept it going.”

Despite the tough loss, the Syracuse players were confident that playing well against such a talented opponent could only serve as a positive learning experience.

“I think it’s good that we have this experience underneath us because we’re not in the postseason,” senior Kayla Treanor said. “This is just the regular season and we still have two more big games left, so we’re not done.”

Donahue led the Orange with four goals and six points. Treanor added four points of her own.

Sophomore Ela Hazar led North Carolina with six points while senior Sammy Jo Tracy and junior Carly Reed both scored three goals.

Up Next

The Orange will travel to face Cornell on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the last road game of the regular season.