February 19, 2012

Syracuse Takes Care of Albany in Opener

from press release

JoJo Marasco led the Orange with three goals and one assist in Syracuse's 12-7 season-opening win Sunday in the Carrier Dome.
© Greg Wall

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 8 Syracuse (1-0) scored 10 consecutive goals and cruised to a 12-7 victory against Albany (0-1) in the season opener for both teams Sunday at the Carrier Dome. Eight of the Orange's 12 goals came from the midfield, including all eight in the first half.

"They must have had a game plan. They weren't quick to go to our middies," SU head coach John Desko said. "I'm guessing they were trying to see if those guys could score and fortunately the guys did in the first half. They limited our attackmen and as a result our middies got some good looks and shot the ball pretty well."

Junior midfielder JoJo Marasco (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led Syracuse with four points (3g, 1a), including matching his career high with three first-half goals. Redshirt junior Ryan Barber (Camillus, N.Y.) and sophomore Derek Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) each tallied a career-best two goals. In addition, senior Tommy Palasek (Rocky Point, N.Y.) contributed three assists.

After surrendering the game's first two goals, Syracuse held the Great Danes scoreless for 40:44 while the offense took control of the game. Junior Brian Megill (Clark, N.J.) led the defensive effort with three ground balls and a career-high tying five caused turnovers. The defense also helped Syracuse overcome nine penalties that resulted in 10 Albany extra-man opportunities.

Albany's Ty Thompson and Joe Resetarits gave the Great Danes the lead midway through the first quarter with consecutive man-up goals after a two-minute, non-releasable penalty was assessed to redshirt junior David Hamlin (New Hartford, N.Y.). But that was all the offense the visitors mustered until the fourth quarter. The Orange led 8-2 at the half and 10-2 in the fourth before a Lyle Thompson goal with 11:21 to play ended the Albany drought.

Redshirt freshman Hakeem Lecky (Nantucket, Mass.) started the Orange scoring spree, notching he first goal of his career at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter. Three goals by Marasco, two by Barber, two by Maltz and one each by former Albany middie Luke Cometti (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio) followed and just like that the Orange had an eight-goal cushion.

After Lyle Thompson's goal stopped the Orange run, the Great Danes tallied three of the game's next four goals to get within five, 11-6, with 4:45 left, but that's as close as the visitors got.

Redshirt sophomore Matthew Lerman (Villanova, Pa.) made his first start in the cage for Syracuse. Lerman played the first half and recorded six saves to earn the first win of his career. He looked comfortable from the outset, making three saves on Albany's first extra-man opportunity in the opening quarter.

Sophomore Dominic Lamolinara (Arnold, Md.) relieved Lerman in the second half and totaled a career-best 10 saves, five each in the third and fourth quarters.

For Albany, Resetarits and Ty Thompson combined for six of the team's seven goals. Both players had hat tricks. Goalie John Carroll played all 60 minutes and recorded eight saves.

Syracuse returns to action Sunday, Feb. 26 when its hosts Army in the Carrier Dome. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports and SportsNet New York (SNY).

Game Notes: With the victory, the Orange earned its 200the home win since 1981 (193-26 in the Dome, 7-0 at Coyne Field) ... SU improved to 10-0 all-time against Albany ... The Orange has won 16 straight season openers, including all 14 under Desko ... Redshirt freshman Henry Schoonmaker (Portland, Ore.) recorded the first point of his career with an assist on Loy's first-half goal ... Sophomore Chris Daddio (Purcellville, Va.) won a personal-best nine faceoffs.


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