Syracuse lacrosse enjoys rare rout, easily dispatching Hobart

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Syracuse improved to 8-1 on the season

Syracuse lacrosse finally got a respite from one-goal games on Wednesday, easily dispatching rival Hobart, 17-11, to retain the Kraus-Simmons Trophy.

The Orange never trailed in its second largest margin of victory on the season, opening up a 4-1 lead midway through the first quarter. Of those four initial goals, Nick Marino assisted on one and scored on another, en route to a career-high seven points.

But the pesky Statesmen challenged the Orange, keeping pace until early in the fourth quarter. Each time SU opened up a lead of four or more goals, Hobart would respond pulling within 4-3, 7-5, 9-7 and 13-10 at various points of the game.

But after John Tanner’s goal with 8:52 left in the fourth quarter, Syracuse would score three unanswered goals to take a 16-10 lead with 6:24 left, eliminating the possibility of an eighth straight one-goal contest. The teams would exchange goals in garbage time before SU closed out its 75th win in the 104-game series between the two teams.

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Aside from the career night for Marino, Evan Molloy notched a career-best 17 saves, while Nate Solomon’s four goals were also a career best.

Marino was particularly effective in man-up opportunities, with three of his four goals coming in those situations. On the day, the Orange was 5-for-5 with the extra attacker.

Frank Brown led Hobart with three goals, while SU’s Ben Williams was 17-28 at the X.

Syracuse returns to action on Tuesday against Cornell at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

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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