Plenty of SU lax fans went home happy on Saturday. - Ben Meyers
Behind a quick-scoring offense, stout defense and surprising performance by the backup goalie, the Orange took down their big rival and reasserted themselves into the national discussion.
John Desko might have a bit of a goalie problem on his hands but it's a fantastic problem to have.
Bobby Wardwell, who has played well all season, helped the Orange get off to a great start before struggling while Dominic Lamolinara replaced him in the second half and quelled a Hopkins comeback to help the Syracuse Orange defeat the rival Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 13-8 in the Carrier Dome.
Of course, the Syracuse offense played a big part in that as well, scoring six goals in the first quarter and maintaining that lead for the rest of the day.
Big credit goes to Sean Young, the defender tasked with replacing Brandon Mullins. Young put a clamp on Hopkins' star Brandon Benn and helped the defense limit one of the nation's top offenses for most of the day.
"I haven't been guarded like that in a long time," Benn said.
Young, a transfer from Towson, shadowed Benn all over the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Benn, who had been averaging 3.6 goals per game for the Blue Jays (5-2), managed just three shots, two with Young in the game.
"Given his first (game) in an Orange jersey, it's a lot to ask," SU coach John Desko said.
The Orange improve to 4-1 and now boast wins over No. 5 Hopkins and No. 11 Virginia. They'll be ranked in the top ten in both polls this week for sure and must prepare quick for a Tuesday night Big East showdown with the 5-1 Providence Friars. Keep an eye on College Crosse for more updates and recaps.