Behind the play of Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue, the Syracuse men's lacrosse team pulled away from Hofstra and Le Moyne in scrimmage play, 12-8 and 15-4, respectively.
The tandem combined for 18 total points (10 goals, eight assists) on the afternoon. Against Hofstra, Rice notched one goal and dished out four assists. The junior assisted on three of the five goals that Syracuse put up in the first quarter of play. Donahue, meanwhile, had four goals and one assist.
They work really well together," Syracuse head coach John Desko said of the two. "They see each other and make the extra pass. They move so well off the ball it really makes them hard to cover. I think it throws teams off defensively with their constant movement."
Hofstra would cut the lead to 8-5 with an unassisted goal from Korey Hendrickson at the 13:07 mark, but that would be as close as the Pride would get. Syracuse would go on a three-goal run with contributions from Billy Ward, Hakeem Lecky and Donahue.
Against Le Moyne, Syracuse would open up a 5-0 lead on goals by five different players (Scott Loy, Billy Ward, Niko Manning, Rice and Henry Schoonmaker). Another five-goal explosion in the second quarter by the Orange would push the lead to 10-3 at halftime. Syracuse would go onto win by an 11-point margin.
Other news and notes:
Randy Staats, Nicky Galasso: I'm not going to lie, I was kind of bummed out when I found out that Staats would not be suiting up. According to Syracuse spokesman Mike Morrison, there was a paperwork issue.
Desko elaborated on the situation afterwards, "I think you'll definitely see Staats back next week. We're waiting on some paperwork to come in and it actually came in on time, and that was a little frustrating."
The head coach also updated the media on Nicky Galasso's injury status.
"Galasso will be out here before long," he said. "He has an injury but it's healing and we think it will be just a few weeks."
Galasso suffered an upper-body injury during practice last week.
Goaltending: Dominic Lamolinara may have gotten the start in goal for Syracuse against Hofstra, but it's Bobby Wardwell really impressing Desko.
"It's something that we're kind of quietly talking about," Desko said about the competition. "It was good to see Bobby get out there in a game situation today. He's been playing well in practice."
Remember, last year, Wardwell was named the starter until Lamolinara took over in the second half of the Johns Hopkins game and never looked back.
Wardwell had eight saves against Hofstra and seven versus Le Moyne. Lamolinara, meanwhile, turned away a total of seven, respectively.
Billy Ward: The senior seems to finding his niche quite nicely in the midfield. Ward ran with two freshmen, Jordan Evans and Nick Weston, on the second midfield line and scored two goals.
"We have a couple younger guys out there with him and Billy really took charge," Desko said. "I think he's playing well. He really understands the offense.
"He did a pretty good job defensively, too," Desko said. "He is a good leader for us."
Freshmen play: Jordan Evans, Nick Weston, Dylan Maltz and Scott Firman all saw minutes in today's games. Evans, as expected, played both midfield and attack. He had the games very first goal against the Pride and two assists.
"I think he did well," Desko said. "He has picked up everything pretty quickly. Every day he is becoming more comfortable. You are just going to see him get better and better."
Dylan Maltz, the younger brother to senior Derek Maltz, had himself a decent showing, too, finding the back of the net once against the Dolphins. Primarily an attackman, Maltz found himself playing midfield, too.
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