(Photo Courtesy of Army West Point Athletics)
Last Sunday, the Army West Point Black Knights fell to the Virginia Cavaliers on the road in their season-opener. They bounced back strong, coming into the Carrier Dome a week later and dominating the Syracuse Orange in an 18-11 victory.
Brendan Nichtern (4G/3A) and Bobby Abshire (4G/2A) led the way for the Black Knights’ offense with seven and six points in the win. Wyatt Schupler stood on his head, as usual, and made 12 saves with a 52% save percentage.
Tucker Dordevic led Syracuse with five points (4G/1A) and Jakob Phaup went 18-for-29 (62%) at the faceoff dot.
Syracuse came storming out of the gates and got on the board very quickly with a Chase Scanlan goal less than a minute into the contest. Following an Aidan Byrnes goal for Army, the Orange really stepped on the gas. A natural hat trick from Tucker Dordevic and two goals from Jacob Buttermore and Jamie Trimboli helped the Orange get out to a 6-1 lead with 2:02 left in the first.
A power play (Man-up) goal from Brendan Nichtern to cut the Syracuse lead to 6-2 at the end of the first was the spark that turned the tide in this contest. That Nicthern goal sparked a four-goal run that lasted through the 4:39 mark in the second for the Black Knights. And while Tucker Dordevic got Syracuse on the board once again, Army answered with another three-goal run to end the half with an 8-7 lead.
In the third, the Black Knights extended that run to 8-1 to take a 13-8 lead heading into the final period of play. In the fourth, Syracuse was able to find a little bit of momentum early on with Owen Hiltz and Brendan Curry scoring twice to help make it a four-goal game. However, the Black Knights continued to roll to the finish line, outscoring the Orange 5-3 in the final frame to secure the 18-11 victory.
North Carolina Tops Richmond
The North Carolina Tar Heels moved to 4-0 on Sunday afternoon after taking down the Richmond Spiders 14-9 on the road in their third consecutive contests against a SoCon opponent.
North Carolina held the upper hand in nearly every aspect of the game. They outshot Richmond 46-33 and put 33 shots on goal opposed to Richmond’s 18. Zach Tucci (11-for-13) Andrew Tyeryar (7-for-13) combined to go 18-for-26 (69%) at the faceoff dot. Carolina also won the ground ball battle 30-24 and had 13 turnovers opposed to Richmond’s 17, six of which were caused turnovers by the Tar Heels.
Brian Cameron led the Tar Heels with three goals whole William Perry and Justin Anderson each had three points (2G/1A). Collin Kreig made nine saves in cage.
Ryan Lanchbury (2G/2A) and Dalton Young (3G/1A) led Richmond with four points each. Richie Connell netted a hat trick.
Coming into the second quarter with a narrow 4-3 lead, the Tar Heels turned up the heat. North Carolina went on a 4-1 run, which included two goals from Brian Cameron, to get ahead 8-4 at the half. A Tanner Cook goal early in the third pushed their lead out to 9-4.
Ryan Lanchbury, Richie Connel, and Tate Gallagher scored three straight midway through the third to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to just 9-7, however that would be the last bit of real momentum the Spiders gained the rest of the contest. North Carolina outscored Richmond 5-2 from the 10:06 mark in the third through the final buzzer to secure the win.
- Ryan Smith put up six points (5G/1A) in a 17-14 win for Robert Morris over Colgate. The win marked the Colonials’ first of the season.
- Jake Carraway went off for eight goals and one assists (nine points) to help lead Georgetown to a blowout 16-1 victory over Villanova in their season-opener.
- Providence took down St. John’s 16-8. RJ Romero went 20-for-27 (74%) at the dot for the Friars.