With balanced attack, SU cruises past Hobart

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: For much of the season, the Orange has seen games go down to the wire, regardless of the strength of the opponent. That wasn’t the case on Tuesday, as SU jumped on Hobart early on and never eased up en route to a 13-7 win. Syracuse took a 7-3 lead into halftime, and then scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 12-4 lead. SU did it by outshooting Hobart 45-21 and by forcing 20 turnovers. With SU’s starters and key reserves sitting during the fourth quarter, Hobart tacked on three goals to make the score look closer than it actually was.

WHAT IT MEANS: For the 24th time in 26 years, and for the fifth straight game, Syracuse has won the Kraus-Simmons Trophy. SU’s offense looked strong again, scoring 13 goals for the second straight game after scoring only six in a loss to Cornell last week.

STAR GAZING: As per usual, Stephen Keogh was in the mix, scoring two goals. Jeremy Thompson and Kevin Drew also scored twice, as 10 different players registered a goal. Tim Bigelow had two goals and an assist to lead the Statesmen.

INJURY REPORT: After missing three games with an ankle injury, John Lade returned to the lineup and seemed to be moving fine. However, Tim Desko sat out another game with a knee injury.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Orange play Rutgers in the ESPNU Warrior Classic in E. Hartford, Conn. on Saturday.

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