Notre Dame Finds Gold in Holes Within Syracuse’s Defense

Notre Dame Finds Gold in Holes Within Syracuse’s Defense, Win 17-7

Syracuse celebrated its 100th anniversary of Orange lacrosse Saturday as the No. 7 Orange hosted No. 2 Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome. The celebration was short lived Irish led the entire game that eventually ended 17-7.

Notre Dame’s offense was certainly clicking as eight different players scored for the Irish. Freshman Ryder Garnsey scored the first goal of the game and added four more and an assist throughout the game. Tewaaraton Award nominee Matt Kavanagh led the team in points with three goals and six assists and Mikey Wynne finished with four goals. Notre Dame tallied 40 shots by the end of the game.

“It’s disappointing to give up the number of goals and the mental errors with such experience back there [on defense] that’s the disappointing thing,” Coach Desko said.

Syracuse’s defense only caused two turnovers throughout the game while the team turned the ball over 15 times. The Orange only cleared successfully 15 of 23 times. Syracuse implemented a zone defense late in the game to slow Notre Dame down but there was no taking the fight from the Irish.

Warren Hill started in goal for the Orange but only saved four of 18 shots on goal during his 49 minutes between the pipes. Evan Molloy took over with 11 minutes remaining and saved five of eight shots on goal.

“You can’t put this one today on Warren,” Desko said. “We’re certainly going to talk about [Molloy starting over Hill]. We thought he played well he’s been playing well in practice. We’re gonna talk about it.”

The Irish had more possessions than the Orange as P.J. Finley won 12 of 23 faceoffs to Ben Williams' 11 of 23. Number two-man John Travisano Jr. won three of four for the Irish while Cal Paduda won one of three for Syracuse.

The Orange offense had a hard time getting shots behind Shane Doss who finished with ten saves on seventeen shots on goal. Jordan Evans led the Orange in points as he scored three goals in the third quarter. Tim Barber finished with one goal and two assists. Dylan Donahue, Nick Mariano and Ryan Simmons each finished with one goal apiece.

With the win, Notre Dame improves to 7-1 while Syracuse falls to 5-3. Looking forward, Syracuse will travel to Geneva to play Hobart on April 6.

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