In its second game of the season, Syracuse stumbled past Army, 10-9 in a thriller, and improved its record to 2-0.
WHAT HAPPENED: The Orange jumped out to an early 4-2 lead before allowing the Black Knights to score 3 unanswered goals going into halftime. In the second half, Syracuse and Army went goal for goal until the Orange took a one goal lead that stuck. Sophomore goalie Dominic Lamolinara made a save with just seconds left to seal the victory.
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WHAT IT MEANS: Sloppy play was the theme today for the Orange, turning the ball over 25 times throughout the course of the game. Syracuse outshot army by 9 and dominated in face offs, but all the turnovers nixed those positive statistics. Both Matt Lerman and Lamolinara played a half in net today and each impressed in different aspects of the game. Lerman’s strength is clearing the ball, but Lamolinara is far more confident between the pipes. That confidence and some clutch goal keeping won the game for the Orange in the final minutes.
STAR GAZING: Chris Daddio only lost 6 of his 22 face off attempts today. After struggling last season, Daddio has finally stepped up in a huge way for the Orange. His 16 face off wins gave Syracuse the possessions it needed to win the game. John Glesener had two goals for Army, including a late one that tied the game at 9.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had some opportunities but the bottom line is, it doesn’t count unless the ball is in the back of the net,” head coach John Desko said. He was frustrated with his team’s 1-for-6 man up performance, but was happy with some of the chances the players got.
WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse will get its next test of the season when it travels to Charlottesville, VA to take on Virgina on Sun., March 4 at 4:30 p.m. TV: ESPN.