The Syracuse Orange took down the St. John's Red Storm on Saturday in Kennesaw, GA. The Orange got off to a slow start, falling behind 4-0. Eric DeJohn who had the first and third goals of the game led the run. They were DeJohn's only goals of the game as the Syracuse defense held the St. John's leading scorer to just two goals and three shots on the day. Freshman Corey Haynes out of Kirkville, NY, picked up two goals on two shots for SJU. His goals came on back-to-back shots within 44 seconds of each other.
SU finally got it together with 2:55 left in the first quarter by going on a seven-goal run. Randy Staats had the first two for Syracuse. Staats had five goals and an assist in the game, another impressive game for the senior who now has 11 goals and 11 assists on the year. Dylan Donahue followed him up with two goals and three assists while Kevin Rice had one goal and four assists. Donahue continues to lead the Orange with 16 goals while Rice has now totaled 24 points on the season, one he hopes will end with the Tewaaraton Trophy.
Six other Syracuse players had one goal including sophomore Jordan Evans. Junior midfielder Tim Barber had a goal and an assist on Saturday. His one goal came on the 7-0 Syracuse run off an assist by Staats. The best goal of the day occurred on a very nice passing play. On an unsettle situation Dylan Donahue got the ball about 10 yards off the crease at the wing and hit Staats on the opposite crease. Staats dodged around the sliding defender and went far-side, low on Harry Burke.
The Orange defense did a good job, especially in the second half. SU had 13 caused turnovers with four players registering two caused turnovers. Syracuse also dominated on groundballs, picking up 42 against the 27 St. John's GBs. The Red Storm had seven EMO opportunities but were held to just 3-7 on the man-up while SU went 2-5 on EMOs. Paul Macartney and Brandon Mullins both had two pushing penalties on them. Macartney had a goal in the game, his third ever at SU. Meanwhile Mullins, a redshirt junior, now has 39 career caused turnovers at Syracuse, placing him sixth on the all-time list at ‘Cuse. It is completely believable that he will finish his career at number three on that list.
At the faceoff X Ben Williams went 13-19 while Zach Vehar went 1-2. Williams had eight groundballs but turned the ball over twice. He did take one shot but Red Storm goalie Harry Burke made a nice save. Burke played well, especially in the first half, making 10 saves on the day. On the other side of the field, Bobby Wardwell had nine saves and allowed six goals.
The Orange will take on rival Johns Hopkins Blue Jays as they return to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 2 pm. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on WTKW 99.5 FM. Of course you can always follow me for updates @Orangelax.