February 24, 2013

Defense Propels No. 18 Syracuse to Army Win

from press release

Dylan Donahue was one of six different Syracuse goal-scorers on Sunday in a 6-2 win against Army.
© Greg Wall

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 18 Syracuse (1-1) rebounded from last weekend's season-opening loss to Albany with a 6-2 victory against Army (2-2) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange did it with defense, holding the Black Knights scoreless for 21:45 to start the game and shutting them out in the second half.

Army's two goals were tied for the fewest ever by an opposing team in the Carrier Dome (Binghamton, 2008). Sophomore netminder Bobby Wardwell (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and senior defenseman Brian Megill (Clark, N.J.) led the effort. Wardwell made 11 saves, one shy of his career high, and set a record for the fewest goals allowed by an SU goalie that played the entire game (2).

Megill guarded Army leading scorer Garrett Thul and held him without a point, ending the attackman's 42-game goal scoring streak which had been the longest in the nation. Prior to Sunday, the last time Thul did not score a goal was on March 30, 2010 against Hofstra. In addition, Megill registered a team-high four caused turnovers.

"It was great to get back on track tonight, especially with the defense. I thought they were outstanding," said Orange head coach John Desko. "To only let up two goals against an Army team with those kinds of players, especially with those two guys who score like that in Thul and (John ) Glesener, I thought it (the defense) was outstanding."

Offensively, the Orange received goals from six different players. Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) was SU'S leading scorer, finishing with one goal and one assist.

Junior Billy Ward (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) opened the game's scoring at the 4:24 of the first quarter, and Syracuse added to its lead in the second period as sophomore Kevin Rice (Skaneateles, N.Y.) found a cutting Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio) for an easy goal with 11:42 to play in the half. Senior Luke Cometti (Syracuse, N.Y.) followed with a goal at the 10:09 mark of the second quarter to extend the advantage to 3-0.

Tyler Kamide finally ended the Army drought, getting the Black Knights on the board with 8:15 to go before halftime. However, SU responded with an extra-man goal by junior Derek Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) and a goal by Donahue to take its largest lead of the game (5-1) with 4:12 to go in the half.

Glesener found the cage for Army with 3:53 left in the half to close the gap to 5-2, however, it proved to be the Black Knights' last goal of the game as the SU defense held Army scoreless for the final 33:53.

SU rookie Derek DeJoe (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied the only goal of the second half, scoring on the man-advantage with 9:57 left in the third quarter to produce the final score.

The Orange defense limited Army to 25 shots, outshooting the Black Knights 44-25 for the game. Syracuse also won the ground ball battle, 34-21.

Army goalie Sam Somers made 18 saves, including seven in the second quarter, but it wasn't enough for the Black Knights. Outside of Kamide and Glesner, Pat Brennan was only other Black Knight with a point, assisting on Kamide's first-quarter goal.

Syracuse concludes a three-game homestand on Friday, March 1 against perennial national power Virginia. Faceoff between the Orange and Cavaliers is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.

Game Notes: SU freshman Joe Gillis (Bernardsville, N.J.) made his collegiate debut running on the third midfield line with DeJoe and Matt Walters (Villanova, Pa.) ... DeJoe's goal was the first of his career ... With the victory, Syracuse improved to 20-3 all-time in the month of February and successfully avoided the team's first 0-2 start since 1974 ... The win also snapped SU's two-game home losing streak.


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