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Syracuse men’s lacrosse: Orange close out regular season with dominating win over Navy

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The Orange carry a four-game win streak into the ACC Tournament.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse team ended the regular season like they did the past three games. With a win.

The Orange picked up a wire-to-wire 18-9 win over the Navy Midshipmen to finish the regular season with a 9-3 record. With Syracuse leading 6-5 with 7:52 left in the second quarter, the Orange went on a demolishing 7-0 run to put the game out of hand and giving some of their key contributors some rest prior to the ACC Championship.

Stephen Rehfuss finished with a game-high seven points (2 Gs, 5 As) and helped the starting attack combine for 17 points on the afternoon. Bradley Voigt tallied five goals, while Nate Solomon racked up a pair of goals and a trio of assists. Drake Porter tied his career-high of 16 saves in the win.

Scoring and Stats

SYRACUSE

A Stephen Rehfuss (2 Gs, 5 As)
A Bradley Voigt (5 Gs, 1 GB)
A Nate Solomon (2 Gs, 3 As, 3 GBs, 1 CT)
M Jamie Trimboli (3 Gs, 1 A)
M David Lipka (1 G, 2 As, 1 GB)
M Lucas Quinn (1 G, 1 A, 1 GB)
M Brendan Curry (1 G, 1 GB)
M Andrew Kim (1 G, 1 GB)
M Jacob Buttermore (1 G)
A Owen Seebold (1 G)
LSM Brett Kennedy (1 A, 2 GBs)
M Griffin Cook (1 A)
M Brad McKinney (1 A)

SSDM Peter Dearth (2 CTs, 3 GBs)
D Tyson Bomberry (1 CT, 4 GBs)
LSM Jared Fernandez (1 CT, 4 GBs)
M Pat Carlin (1 CT, 1 GB)

FOGO Jake Phaup (8-of-16 FOs, 3 GBs)
FOGO Danny Varello (3-of-9 FOs, 1 GB)
FOGO Nate Garlow (3-of-4 FOs, 2 GBs)
FOGO Nick Martin (0-of-2 FOs)

G Drake Porter (16 saves, 2 GBs)

NAVY

M Ryan Wade (1 G, 3 As, 1 GB)
A Jack Sweeney (2 Gs, 1 GB)
M Greyson Torain (1 G, 1 A, 6 GBs)
M Michael Foster (1 G, 1 A, 2 GBs)
A Nick Cole (1 G, 2 GBs)
M Joe deLyra (1 G)
A Patrick Walsh (1 G)
M Ian Burgoyne (1 G)
SSDM Tim Griffin (1 A, 1 GB)

D/LSM Jacob Mandish (2 CTs, 1 GB)
SSDM Brad Alexander (1 CT, 2 GBs)
D Andrew McKenna (1 CT)

FOGO Nick Barry (14-of-24 FOs, 3 GBs)
FOGO Joe Miller (3-of-7 FOs)
G Ryan Kern (9 saves, 2 GBs)
G Spencer Rees (1 save)

Notes and Nuggets

  • First off, I am a big fan of the navy-orange-navy uniform combo. Just looks nice.
  • The second midfield came out to a new look at the beginning of the game. Joining Jacob Buttermore and Griffin Cook was Lucas Quinn once again. Quinn started with the second midfield unit before getting hurt earlier in the season. It took him a little bit of time to get back to where he started, but he had his best game yet of his young career with a goal and an assist. If he can keep contributing, that adds yet another threat to the Orange offense.
  • The attack is buzzing as well. I feel like I’m beating a dead horse by saying this, but having Rehfuss at full strength and creating goals as a feeder adds another dimension to the Syracuse offense. Plus, he can also score. But you have him as a feeder, Voigt as the finisher, and Solomon as a do-it-all kind of player along with Rehfuss, but chippier and someone that’s willing to give up his body near the crease.
  • Along with the starting attack, the top six midfielders combined for 12 points. That’s probably their best game of the season. And I’ll gladly take that.
  • Another good positive from the first half: Only four turnovers. Turning over the ball hurts, but doing it not so often doesn’t.
  • Overall, the Orange went 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities. The man-down unit killed all five penalties. They went a perfect 8-for-8 on special teams scenarios.

What’s Next?

The ACC Championship begins next week. The Orange are the #4 seed and will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday afternoon in the opening round game. A win would mean a rematch with the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. If they win that game, they’ll be on the road against the winner of Duke-Notre Dame the following Saturday for the ACC title.

Expect the top 20 polls to come out on Monday. Syracuse should be in the 6-9 range.