No. 6 Syracuse 10, Army 9
The sixth-ranked Syracuse University Orange went on a game closing 3-1 run to hold off Army 10-9 in front of 5,619 fans in the Carrier Dome. The game featured seven ties and four lead changes. Senior Tommy Palesek (one goal – two assists) and sophomore Derek Maltz (two goals – one assist) paced the Orange with three points each while redshirt senior Tim Desko and junior Luke Cometti chipped in two markers a piece.
After Syracuse got off to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter, Army shut out the Orange in the second quarter and took a 5-4 lead into half time. Army’s LSM Tim Henderson anchored a tough Army defense with six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
At half time Syracuse changed their goalie and Dominic Lamolinara saw his first action of the season between the pipes. Lamolinara made five second half saves, including four in the fourth quarter, as the Orange fought their way back to tie the game at eight after the third quarter. Army had a chance to tie the game as time expired but Lamolinara made a game-winning save to end the Black Knights threat.
Army’s G Zach Palmieri had a career high fourteen saves in a losing effort for the Black Knights. Henderson and Army return to action next Saturday at 3PM in Ithaca against No. 5/3 Cornell.
No. 10 Duke 16, Jacksonville 7
A week after Jacksonville beat Navy they took a surprising 2-0 lead over No. 10 ranked Duke, and were tied with the Blue Devils at three after the first quarter. D Mike Manley anchored a defensive effort that only allowed two second half goals and four goals total in the last forty-five minutes of the contest as Duke went on to defeat Jacksonville 16-7. Manley had four ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Blue Devils in the winning effort. The Blue Devils comprehensive defensive effort resulted in seventeen caused turnovers and a 21:17 streak in the second and third quarters that saw Jacksonville held without a goal.
Sophomore Jordan Wolf led the Blue Devils attack with five goals and two assists for a career high seven points. Duke opens ACC play next weekend at Maryland.
No. 5/3 Cornell, Hobart PPD
Two to three inches of snow fell in Geneva, New York on Saturday morning. The accumulation from the early morning snow storm combined with temperatures below freezing complicated the efforts to clear the Field Turf surface for the Saturday afternoon contest. Sustained thirty mile per hour winds drove wind chill temperatures down to fifteen degrees. Officials from both schools postponed the contest due to high winds, snow and the field’s playability. Judging by this
photo courtesey of the Hobart Men's Lacrosse website it was probably the right decision.
No make-up date was agreed to on Saturday.
No. 5/3 Cornell and their Tewaaraton Trophy hopeful Roy Lang will open their season against Binghamton on Tuesday February 28
th at 4PM. Hobart’s FO Bobby Dattilo (75% face-off win percentage) and the Statesmen will have to wait until next weekend to return to action.
No. 7 Maryland 16, Georgetown 11
Senior A Joe Cummings led the Terps with six points (four goals – two assists) as Maryland cruised over the Hoyas 16-11. Cummings led Maryland to a 7-4 lead at the half and an 11-5 lead in the third quarter before ultimately going up 15-5. Georgetown scored six goals in the last 4:25 of the game.
Cummings now has eight hat tricks, twenty-two multi-point games, and fourteen multi-goal games in his Maryland career. It was the first multi-assist game of his career.
No. 4 North Carolina 9, Navy 8
The University of North Carolina went on a four goal run in the fourth quarter to come from behind to beat Navy 9-8. A Thomas Wood scored the game winning goal with 1:16 left in the game. He had a hat trick in his first action of the 2012 season. Marcus Holman added two goals and four assists in the Tar Heels victory.
North Carolina is off to a 4-0 start to the 2012 season, but had to battle back from four goal defecits three times against the Midshipmen. The Tar Heels were behind by three goals after the first quarter and 5-1 with 10:35 left in the first half before their defense stiffened and allowed three goals the rest of the way. D Charlie McComas helped anchor the defense with one ground ball and one caused turnover.
Bryce Dobbs led the Navy attack with three goals while Pat Durkin and Taylor Reynolds had two goals each for the Midshipmen.
Holy Cross 15, Hartford 14
Hartford fell to 0-2 on the young season after they lost their home opener 15-14 to Holy Cross in overtime. A Carter Bender started a three goal comeback for Hartford with a goal with 6:50 left in regulation. Bender finished with three goals and one assist. James Kennedy led Holy Cross with six goals nd two assists while John Hannan had five goals for the Crusaders.
Hartford is back in action next weekend at No. 11 Denver on March 3
rd at 3PM Eastern.