Syracuse will travel to Geneva, NY to take on Hobart for the 100th time in school history on Saturday. Here is a look at the game:
IN SYRACUSE’S LAST GAME: Hope you had a respirator nearby if you watched Syracuse’s last game against North Carolina. Down 6-3 at half, the Orange rallied in the third quarter to tie the game at 7, and then took a 9-8 lead in the fourth quarter. But it took double-overtime, and a sudden death goal from Billy Ward, who whipped a high shot past UNC goalkeeper Kieran Burke, to give Syracuse a dramatic 11-10 victory. The win also clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament for the Orange, who started 0-3 in conference play.
IN HOBART’S LAST GAME: The Statesmen defeated Wagner, 15-6, on April 11 powered by senior attackman Cam Stone’s six assists (more on him below). Hobart turned a slim 3-1 lead into a blowout at halftime, as the Statesmen outscored the Seahawks 6-2 in the second quarter. Stone assisted on a buzzer beating goal at half to tie Nate Hill’s school assist record, and set the record early in the third quarter. Senior attackman Jake McHenry chipped in four goals and two assists.
SCOUTING THE STATESMEN: Hobart is 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference. The Statesmen are led by Stone, who was named NEC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for his efforts against Wagner. Stone, a Syracuse native, leads the NEC in assists (19) and assists per game (1.73) and now holds the school record for assists (81). Stone is tied for the team lead in points with McHenry, who has 26 points on 24 goals and two assists. Goalie Peter Zonino has a 9.75 goals against average and notched seven saves against the Seahawks.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: The Orange have a 71-26-2 all time series lead against Hobart, although Syracuse was upset 13-12 at the Carrier Dome last April. This is the two team’s 100th meeting in history and will be the 29th year that the two teams will compete for the Kraus-Simmons Trophy. Syracuse has the trophy 25 times during its existence including a win streak from 2006-12. Hobart has won the trophy three times. The trophy is named for Roy Simmons Jr. and Babe Kraus, who each won over 200 games in their head coaching careers. The teams first met on April 26, 1916, SU’s first-ever varsity opponent.
GAME INFORMATION: Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at Boswell Field in Geneva, NY. TV: TWCS.