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The Syracuse Orange hit the road for the first time in the month of March, heading for Long Island where they took down the Hofstra Pride 16-8 on Tuesday night. The win marked Syracuse’s first road victory of the season and first win away from the Dome since March of last season, which also came on Long Island against Stony Brook.
Joey Spallina (4G/3A) led the Orange with seven points while Owen Hiltz (3G/3A) had six points. Finn Thompson (2G/2A) and Michael Leo (2G/1A) were also heavy contributors for the Orange offense on Tuesday.
The Orange went 3-for-5 on the man-up and cleared the ball a 95% clip (19-for-20).
Will Mark anchored the Orange defense with 13 saves. The Orange defense held the Pride to a 2-for-8 (25%) mark on man-up situations.
A pair of early Justin Sykes goals were followed by a John Madsen score to make it a 3-0 Hofstra lead with 9:00 left in the first quarter. However, that lead wouldn’t hold for long as the Orange soon stepped on the gas and didn’t come off it until the final buzzer.
Owen Hiltz found Jackson Birtwhistle for the first Syracuse goal of the game, which sparked a three-goal run that tied things, 3-3. with 2:09 remaining in the opening quarter. While Rory Jones put the Pride back in front fairly quickly, the Orange would get a pair of goals in the final nine seconds of the frame to take the 5-4 lead into the second quarter and give them plenty of energy. The later of those came from LSM Saam Olexo as he sent home a bomb from the midfield line at the buzzer.
The Orange held the Pride off the board in the second quarter while putting in two of their own to take the 7-4 lead at the half. Joey Spallina, Griffin Cook, and Owen Hiltz scored each of the first three goals of the second half to extend the Syracuse run to seven goals.
Colton Rudd ended the Hofstra the nearly 22 minute scoring drought with 9:11 remaining in the third frame. However, the Pride would only score three more times the remainder of the game as a comeback was not in their future.
Taking a 12-6 lead into the fourth quarter, Syracuse outscored the Pride 4-2 in that final frame to finish things off.
Syracuse moves to play St. Bonaventure next Tuesday at home. Hofstra opens CAA play on Saturday at home against Fairfield.
Canisius Tops St. Bonaventure For First Win
The Canisius Golden Griffins earned their first win of the 2023 season as they welcomed in the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and earned a 13-5 win on Tuesday evening.
After taking just a one-goal, 4-3, lead at the half, the Golden Griffins exploded to outscore the opposition 9-2 in the second half and take home the eight-goal victory.
Hunter Parucki (2G/3A) had five points on the day to lead the way for the Golden Griffins’ offense. Jaxon Fridge (1G/2A) and Keegan Kozack (2G/1A) each had three points while Kyle Brunsch, Collin Kelly, and Jackson Webster each had two goals.
Micah Hanson went 15-for-21 (71%) at the faceoff dot and Tommy Kunz made 14 saves in cage.
Canisius moves to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday at home as they look for their first MAAC win. St. Bonaventure moves to face Syracuse on the road next Tuesday.
Ohio State Blows Past Detroit Mercy
The Ohio State Buckeyes got back in the win column on Tuesday night as they took down the Detroit Mercy Titans 19-6.
Jack Myers (1G/5A) and Ed Shean (5G/1A) each had six points on the day for the Buckeyes. Kyle Borda and Dillon Magee each had the stat line of two goals and one assist for three points whole Matt Caputo had three goals.
Drew Blanchard went 12-for-14 (85%) at the faceoff dot for the Buckeyes.
Drew Kessenich had a hat trick for Detroit Mercy.
Ohio State moves to play Denver on the road on Sunday. Detroit Mercy opens ASUN play on the road against Mercer on Saturday.
Lafayette Pulls Away From Hampton
Finding themselves trailing 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, the Lafayette Leopards would soon pull away from the Hampton Pirates to earn the 18-9 victory.
From the 13:27 mark of the second quarter through the 7:09 mark in the fourth, the Leopards outscored the Pirates 16-3.
Charlie Cunniffe (3G/2A) and Liam Sargent (2G/2A) led the way with five and four points, respectively, for the Leopards. Peter Lehman had a hat trick while Riley Sullivan had one goal and two assists for three points.
Evan Price went 15-for-19 (78%) at the faceoff dot.
Lonnie Jones had a hat trick to lead Hampton.
Lafayette moves on to face Colgate at home in a Patriot League battle on Saturday. Hampton moves to play Stony Brook at home in its CAA opener on Saturday.
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