Sunday Recap: Syracuse Ends Losing Skid, Utah Upsets Jacksonville

(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics)

The Syracuse Orange are back in the win column after three consecutive losses as they beat rival Hobart, 18-16, to keep the Kraus-Simmons Trophy in Syracuse.

Hobart took an early 2-0 lead, but it didn’t take long for Syracuse to strike back and soon the Orange had a three-goal, 6-3, lead early in the second after back to back goals from Tucker Dordevic that ended a four-goal Syracuse run.

Winning by two, the Orange would never get more than a three-goal lead in the contest as the Statesmen always seemed to have answer, but never enough to get back in the driver’s seat. After a wild sequence in during the seven minute mark of the third that encompassed many of the things that make lacrosse great and ended with a Mikey Burkman score to put the Orange up two, Gary Gait’s squad never let Hobart get within striking distance of a tie until the one minute line was crossed in the fourth.

From the 4:36 mark in the third through the 5:11 mark in the fourth, the two sides traded goals. John Herlihy would then find the back of the net with 36 seconds left to help put together the second two-goal Hobart run of the half and make it a one-goal game. Jakob Phaub won the ensuing faceoff, Brandon Aviles picked up the ground ball, and the possession ended with Brendan Curry getting the Orange’s 18th of the day to secure the two-goal win with just 12 seconds left.

Tucker Dordevic ended the day with seven points off five goals and two assists to lead the way for Syracuse while Brendan Curry had five goals and one assist for six points. Jakob Phaub went 25-for-38 at the dot and Harrison Thompson made eight saves in the 41 minutes he played in his first start.

Tommy Mott (3G/2A) and Ryan Archer (1G/4A) each had five points for Hobart.

Utah Upsets Jacksonville

Andrew McMinn and the Utah Utes have now beaten two top-20 teams this season after taking down Jacksonville 16-10 on the road.

The Dolphins came out hot and took the early 4-0 lead, but once the Utes settled in they were able to control the pace of play for the majority of remainder of play. A 5-1 run, which included two straight from MJ McMahon, to end the first quarter turned into a 8-1 run that lasted through the 10:19 mark in the third as the Utes’ defense blanked the Jacksonville offense and held them scoreless for 25 minutes.

Jacksonville would only score five goals in the second half alone, three of which came in the third quarter, as Utah was able to capitalize on every opportunity. The Utes really put things away with a five-goal run that lasted from late in the third through early in the fourth. That run put them ahead 14-8.

Tyler Bradbury and Jared Andreala scored the final two goals of the game to fully close things out and secure the six-goal win for the Utes.

Bradbury’s last of the game within the final minutes of play was his fourth goal and sixth point as he also dished out two assists. MJ McMahon had five points off two goals and three assists.

Cole Brams went 62% (18-for-29) at the dot and Zion Dechesere made 10 saves.

Jackson Intrieri, Max Waldbaum, and Jacob Greiner each had one goal and one assist for Jacksonville.

Other Scores

  • After a first-quarter scare, Army outscored Holy Cross 11-5 in the final three periods to get the win in their Patriot League opener.
  • Cleveland State beat Canisius 12-10 for their first win of the season.

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