Orange play Rutgers in ESPNU Warrior Classic

Here’s a quick look at No. 4 Syracuse’s (11-1) matchup with Rutgers (5-6) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the ESPNU Warrior Classic:

KEEPING THE KRAUS-SIMMONS TROPHY: Ten different Syracuse players scored as the Orange jumped on Hobart early on and never eased up en route to a 13-7 win. Stephen Keogh, Jeremy Thompson and Kevin Drew all had a pair of goals, as the Orange won the Kraus-Simmons Trophy for the 24th time out of 26 matchups.

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS: Redshirt freshman Scott Klimchak and sophomore Duncan Clancy are the players to watch out for. Klimchak has a team-leading 32 points on 21 goals and 11 assists while Clancy has 31 points on 11 goals and 20 assists, good for 12th in the nation with 1.73 assists per game.

IN RUTGERS’ LAST GAME: The Scarlet Knights suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Princeton Tigers, 11-10, on April 12. Statistically, the Scarlet Knights dominated the Tigers, outshooting them 42-21 while winning five of 23 faceoffs to take a five goal lead in the third quarter. But Princeton scored eight goals after that, including three unanswered in the closing minutes to hand the Scarlet Knights their fifth straight defeat. Matt Klimchak scored a career-high four goals in the loss.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: The Orange hold a 38-9 overall lead in the series, and have not lost to Rutgers since 2004. The last time these two teams met was on April 18, 2010, with the Orange winning 11-5. Chris Daniello had four goals and two assists to lead the Orange.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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