A quick take on Syracuse’s 6-2 win over Army:
WHAT HAPPENED: It looks like the defense got the message. After letting by five goals in the first quarter against Albany last week, the defense stepped it up and shutout the Black Knights in the first quarter. In fact, SU only let up two goals in the first half, a big improvement over the eight let up last week. The few times Army was able to get to the net in the first half, Wardwell shut them down. He had seven saves on nine shots in the opening half.
The offense came out slow, scoring just one goal in the first quarter. But due to great ball movement around the net, the goals started coming in the second quarter. The Orange took a 5-2 lead into the half.
In an uneventful second half, Derek DeJoe scored his first career goal and the Orange defense held Army scoreless yet again and that’s how the game ended.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Orange got going at the perfect time. With Virginia headed into the Dome next week, SU needs to mount its best performance of the season. This was a step in the right direction. The defense improved, Wardewell was comfortable and the offense had some bright moments.
STAR GAZING: Army goalkeeper Sam Somers had a ridiculous day in net. The Orange could only get six goals by him on 44 total shots. He made 18 huge saves that kept the Black Knights in the game.
WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse will take on No. 6 Virginia next Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. TV: TWCS.