Syracuse, ranked No. 1 in the USILA coaches poll for the first time since 2017, looked every bit the part in a dominant 15-9 win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday.
The Orange raced out to an early 7-1 lead in the first quarter. Chase Scanlan started with an early goal at 12:11 before Garrett Degnon tied it two minutes later.
But it was all Syracuse from there, with Scanlan, Jamie Trimboli and Tucker Dordevic each scoring a pair of goals in the first quarter as the Orange took command.
Three second quarter goals from Johns Hopkins would pull the Blue Jays to within 8-4 with 8:50 left in the first half, but that is as close as they would get all afternoon.
SU responded with a 4-0 run, capped by a Trimboli goal with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter to make it 12-4. Scanlan then put a stop to a JHU run, scoring two consecutive goals after Johns Hopkins came within 12-7 with 13:09 to go.
Stephen Rehfuss notched a career-high with seven assists, while Scanlan (5 goals), Trimboli (4) and Dordevic (3) all had hat tricks. The Orange also dominated at the X, winning 18 of 28, as Danny Varello (9-13) and Jakob Phaup (9-15) helped the Orange outshoot the Blue Jays 37-25 through three quarters.
Owen Murphy had a hat trick to led JHU.
Syracuse next plays at Rutgers on Saturday at 1 p.m.