(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics)
Week one of the NCAA lacrosse season got underway on Friday as the Syracuse Orange took down the Colgate Raiders and the Navy Midshipmen defeated the Manhattan Jaspers.
Syracuse 21, Colgate 14
After a somewhat slow start, the Syracuse Orange (1-0) were able to take down the Colgate Raiders (0-2). The win marks the 254th for head coach John Desko, making him the second most winningest coach in Syracuse history.
The Orange and Raiders went back-and-forth a bit during the first quarter. With a 4-3 lead heading into the second, Syracuse’s offense, led by new offensive coordinator Pat March, started humming. The Orange started the second quarter on a five-goal run, but poor defensive play late in the quarter allowed the Raiders to cut into the Syracuse lead a bit.
A few multi-goal runs in the third quarter allowed the Orange to pull away and pretty much put the game in the bag. And while Colgate was able to still get some energy going, the Orange still held a 16-10 lead at the end of the third and walked away with the 21-14 victory, avenging an upset loss against the Raiders to open last season.
Sophomore Loyola transfer Chase Scanlan had himself one heck of a debut with the Orange, tallying seven goals in the win. Scanlan tied the program record for most goals in a game, becoming one of just 17 Syracuse player all-time to score seven or more goals in a game. He also broke the Syracuse record for most goals by a player in their first game at Syracuse. Additionally, redshirt senior Stephen Rehfuss tallied eight points (1G/7A), recording the most assists in a game in John Desko’s 22-years at the helm of the Orange. In goal, Drake Porter made 11 saves.
Colgate was led by midfielder Mike Hawkins who tallied (5G/1A). Griffin Brown also scored four goals for the Raiders, as well. Sean Collins made 15 saves in goal for Colgate.
Navy 9, Manhattan 4
The Navy Midshipmen (1-0) started off the Joe Amplo with a bang, taking down the Manhattan Jaspers (0-1) 9-4 in their home opener.
Navy was able to get going on both ends early in the contest, taking a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, both defenses stepped up in the second with only two combined goals coming in the quarter, making it a 6-2 Navy lead heading into the half.
The third quarter was the same story with Manhattan getting on the board first and Navy following with a goal about midway through the quarter. The Midshipmen outscored the Jaspers 2-1 in the fourth, including a power play goal from Christian Daniel with just over a minute left to secure the 9-4 victory for the Midshipmen.
Christian Daniel led Navy with four points (2G/2A) and Nick Cole scored two goals. Ryan Kerns made 14 saves to anchor the Navy defense.
Manhattan had four different scorers, including Liam Walshe who tallied two points (1G/1A) to led the way for the Jaspers offense. Brendan Krebs made nine saves for Manhattan.