A torrid second quarter from Maryland propelled them to a 16-8 rout of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.
Though Syracuse led 3-2 after the first quarter, Maryland steamrolled Syracuse in the second. The Terps took a 9-4 lead before Syracuse head coach John Desko made a change in goal. Senior goalkeeper, Dominic Lamolinara was pulled at the end of the second quarter for backup Bobby Warwell.
“We put Bobby Wardwell in for a change-up, a little spark for the defense,’ Desko said. “Maybe Bobby could make one or two of those saves that Dom didn’t”
The spark wasn’t there, as Wardwell struggled as much as Lamolinara. The Orange was outscored 10-2 in the second quarter and went into intermission trailing 12-5.
Maryland wasted no time coming out of the half and outscored the Orange 4-1 in the quarter.
“It comes down to how much offense we played. They had to watch the defense play defense… then it came down to playing catch up on offense and we forced things,” Desko said. “We shot a little too quickly.”
The lack of offense also came from the faceoff X, a department that the Orange continue to struggle in. Maryland dominated SU 19-8 in that category despite Desko shuffling players there, as well.
Desko subbed Mike Iacono for Chris Daddio midway through the game. With little to show for it, Desko went with walk-on Austin Wentworth.
“They jumped a little too early a few times and they shouldn’t have. It put us in man-down situations,” Desko said. “Maryland wants any advantage they can and they were getting them.”