Syracuse Best UAlbany in Thursday Empire State Battle

(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics)

After two consecutive losses, the Syracuse Orange found themselves back in the win column on Thursday night as they took down in-state foe UAlbany 13-8.

Stehphen Rehfuss got the Orange going in the first with two consecutive goals to give the Orange a 2-0 lead. They would stay ahead the entire contest as they never trailed. At one point in the third, Syracuse led by a game-highest five goals.

In addition to Rehfuss, who also added two assists in the contest, Chase Scanlan had three goals and an assist for four points and Brendan Curry notched a hat trick. Curry’s third of the game was the lone goal of the fourth quarter to put a cherry on top of the Orange victory.

Syracuse used Jacob Phaub, Danny Varello, and freshman Jack Savge at the faceoff dot. The trio combined to go 15-for-25 at the dot, included a 6-2 advantage in the third quarter.

In the Danes’ second contest following the dismissal of Tehoka Nanticoke, Graydon Hogg took the wheel of the offense for the second game in a row and put up two goals and two assists. Alex Burgmaster had two goals and an assist for three points while Ron John found the back of the net twice.

Liam Donnelly made 14 saves in cage to anchor the Danes’ defense.

Up 3-1 heading into the second quarter, Syracuse quickly found themselves tied up at 3 with the Danes after Hogg and John scored two straight to open the quarter. The Danes tied it once more in the second, 4-4, before the Orange kicked it into high gear and rattled off four straight to take an 8-4 lead.

Albany got the final goal of the first half while Griffin Cook put in the first of the second half, with style, to push the Orange’s lead out to 9-5.

While Albany was able to answer, Syracuse found the back of the net three more times in the third, which included a two-goal run, to stay ahead and take a 12-8 lead into the fourth quarter. Curry scored the lone goal for Syracuse in the fourth to seal the 13-8 win.

Syracuse held a 42-25 advantage in the ground ball battle. 24 of those were collected in the first half. The Orange also outshot the Danes 50-30 and committed 14 turnovers to the Danes’ 15, of which 11 were caused by the Orange defense that saw Grant Murphy led the way with five caused turnovers and four ground balls.

The two teams were also pretty even in the clearing game with Albany converting on 20 of 23 attempts while Syracuse went 19-for-21 in that department.

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