Dominic Lamolinara stepped into goal for the No. 4 Syracuse Orange for his first start of the season against the Providence Friars and by the time it was all over, everything looked as it should. The Orange dominated the Friars 18-9 thanks to a balanced attack and another strong performance by their "other" goalie.
"We’ve been a balanced team all season," attack Kevin Rice said after scoring two goals and assisting on two. "We’re an unselfish group and that leads to balance."
Red-shirt freshman Henry Schoonmaker recorded his first career hat trick while Derek DeJoe contributed two goals and two assists; Luke Cometti, Kyle Henry and Dylan Donahue two goals each; and Billy Ward, Derek Maltz and Matt Walters chipped in with one goal and two assists apiece.
So is the starting job now Lamolinanra's? Or will Bobby Wardwell have the chance to win it back? John Desko is keeping all of his options open...
"We’re going to watch the guys in practice but I think Dom right now is playing extremely well," Desko said after an 18-9 victory over Providence College. "He played great (off the bench) against Hopkins and he played great tonight.
"He’s making saves, clearing and communicating, so those are the three big parts of being a goaltender. He’s playing well in all of those spots."
Syracuse plays its second straight road conference game this Saturday when they take on the Villanova Wildcats at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.