The Syracuse Orange beat up on the Colgate Raiders in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The final score stood at 18-3, giving SU an 11-4 record on the year. The Orange completely dominated in shots and groundballs, snagging 10 GBs and getting 17 shots in the first quarter. SU caused seven turnovers while Colgate coughed it up 16 times on the day. Defensively the Orange continued its run of excellent play led by Evan Molloy's now trademark communication in net.
It took some time for Syracuse to get going. Joe Gillis picked up the first of the game at 11:12 in the opening period on a fast break with Jordan Evans getting the assist (1-0 SU). Evans picked up two points on the day and gave away three turnovers but has been much better in the later half of this season. Four minutes later it was Nick Mariano faking the shot, stepping off his defender and going low-to-low with a hard shot (2-0 SU). With just over twenty seconds left in the first quarter, Nick Weston attacked from behind cage, spun back and got one past Brandon Burke (3-0 SU). Burke gave up 15 goals and made nine saves on the day including eight in the first half. Don't let the score fool you, he played very well, especially in the first half. Dylan Donahue continued his goal scoring and point scoring streaks after taking it from the top-left corner of the box and driving towards the crease to give SU a four goal lead with two seconds remaining (4-0 SU).
Nick Mariano picked up his second of the game just 55 seconds into the second period. The UMass transfer came up and above goal line extended, reversed back and took a bad angle shot that hit the far side of the goal (5-0 SU). Syracuse held Colgate scoreless for the first 18:10 of the game. Finally, junior midfielder Jack Stebbins broke the silence on a physical bull dodge beating several SU players and forcing a shot past Evan Molloy (5-1 SU). SU responded less than a minute later when Donahue picked up his second of the day off of a beautifull pass from Sergio Salcido who hit Donny as he cut to the crease (6-1 SU). Salcido had two assists and two goals on the day.
With the Orange up 6-1 on Colgate, Coach Desko began to filter in some of the backups. Nick Piroli and Nate Solomon subbed in at attack, and played alongside Donahue. It was around this time when we began to see the play get a little chippy. We some some pushing and shoving after a few whistles throughout the day and the chirping on the field was very audible.
With a man in the box on a slashing penalty, Colgate gave up the extra man goal to Syracuse. Salcido found Jordan Evans on the opposite crease with a very nice pass (7-1 SU). Colgate picked up three penalties in the first half and five on the day, but Syracuse only capitalized on two of the five opportunities.
Syracuse walked into halftime up 7-1 on Colgate. While the score was still within reason, SU completely dominated the first half; it certainly could have been a lot worse. At the faceoff X, Ben Williams had only won four of nine through the first two quarters. He would take just five more faceoffs on the day after appearing to injure his leg on a third quarter draw. It didn't look serious but he was slow to get up and he hobbled off the field. Cal Paduda picked up three of three while Nate Farrell won his only faceoff on the day and Austin Wentworth grabbed one of two.
Donahue got the second half going with a goal 48 seconds into the period. The senior grabbed the pass behind cage and came right up along the crease with no defender on him (8-1 SU). Not a good look for Colgate to start the half. Several minutes later, Matt Lane with a shorty on him reversed on the wing getting enough room to fire a mid-range shot past Burke (9-1 SU). Salcido got his first on the day at 8:37 in the third, snagging a pass in the center of the box from Donahue for a quick shot (10-1 SU). Less than a minute later Donahue holding on the near side close to the alley, drew a flag on his defender. The hit sent Donahue to the ground but he recovered and ran below cage, around cage, above cage, swept around the top and buried a goal as he got hit from multiple sides drawing another penalty (11-1 SU). The intitial penalty was wiped off by the goal, but the second penalty, unnecessary roughness, put SU on the man-up.
Donahue had a heck of a senior day putting up four goals and an assist, passing Kevin Rice on the career points list. He's proven himself to be one of the most dynamic attackman to have ever come through SU and is the main reason for this team's turnaround.
Warren Hill replaced Evan Molloy in net following the Donahue tally. Molloy finished his day with four saves and one goal against.
The Colgate defense saw a tremendous amount of action on Saturday, the unit must have been absolutely exhausted. With just over seven minutes left in the third, Burke attempted to clear but Donahue caused the turnover which resulted in a Salcido goal from the wing (12-1 SU). Nick Weston added one on a rip on the dodge to extend the lead to 12 (13-1 SU). We got a chance to see the future at 4:07 when Brad Voigt hit Nate Solomon as he cut to the crease (14-1 SU). Pat Carlin got in on the action, spinning on his defender and getting a bounce shot to roll off of Burke and in (15-1 SU). Burke picked up a 30 second technical penalty for delay of game after the goal, finishing his day. Jake Danehy replaced Burke in net and grabbed three saves while allowing three goals.
The Orange picked up eight goals in the third quarter, giving SU a 15-1 advantage entering the fourth. Freshman Devin Shewell grabbed a goal on the day at 12:31 in the fourth going five hole on Danehy (16-1 SU). Colgate's Matt Donovan responed with a deep shot that found its way in, off stick side, hip high (16-2 SU). Hill stepped to it but didn't even move his stick. Colgate went 43:10 between its first and second goals. Shewell went right back at it musceling past a defender and getting a shot off (17-2 SU).
Tyler Avallone took his spot in net fowling the second Shewell goal. Hill left the game with a save and one goal allowed. Pat Carlin picked up his second of the day on a shot from the wing that beat Danehy (18-2 SU). Colgate got one more score from Cam Williams going off-stick side on Avallone at :56.5 remaining (18-3 SU).
The Orange will now wait for Selection Sunday to find out its next opponent when the NCAA Tournament field will be announced.