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Syracuse 19 - Siena 7: Eight Is Enough For Rice & Donahue

SU capitalized on face-off success (!!!) to easily put away the Saints.

Drew Hallowell

Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice. If you're a Syracuse Orange lacrosse newbie, or just a fan trying to catch up as the 2014 season kicks off, those are the two names you're going to want to be able to identify first.

Donahue scored eight goals while Rice assisted on eight (six together) to lead Syracuse in a breezy 19-7 victory over the Siena Saints that wasn't even as close as the score might indicate.

Syracuse scored on its first three possessions, providing a harbinger of 60 lopsided minutes to come.

...The Orange owned a 13-4 lead at halftime and then enjoyed a stress-free second half, rotating goaltenders and playing the entire fourth quarter with their reserves.

Ten different Orange scored and Syracuse was effective on face-offs. Let me repeat that for add emphasis…SYRACUSE WAS EFFECTIVE ON FACE-OFFS. Things just got weird.

Syracuse won 12 of 18 face-offs in the first half, proving just how powerful that stat can be when you capitalize on it. Good work by Chris Daddio and Mike Iacono.

The 1-0 Orange now get to wait until Sunday when the Albany Great Danes come to town. If they can replicate tonight's performance, we might be on to something here...