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Syracuse Lacrosse: Orange ready to host the Siena Saints

The Syracuse Orange will host Siena on Saturday at 4 PM in the Carrier Dome. While the game is not expected to be anything near a nail biter, it will be a nice way to check out the depth of this team.

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Opponent

School: Siena

Mascot: Saints

Coach: John Svec

Location: Loudonville, NY

Conference: MAAC

Game Location: Carrier Dome

Game Time: 4 PM

Television/Radio: ACC Network Extra/TK99/105

Weather: Dome

All-Time Syracuse Record Vs. Opponent: 5-0

Previous Matchup: February 13, 2016, 18-5 Syracuse win

Opponent Ranking: N/A

2016 Quick Facts

Record: 3-10, 1-3 Home, 2-6 Away, 0-1 Neutral

Conference Record: 2-4

Conference Postseason Results: Did Not Qualify

NCAA Tournament Postseason Results: Did Not Qualify

2016 Team Statistics

Total Goals – Shot Attempts: 114-490

Total Opponent Goals– Shot Attempts: 157-483

EMO Goals (Percentage): 13-38 (.342)

EMO Goals Against (Kill Percentage): 20-53 (.623)

Team Shooting Percentage: .233

Opponent Shooting Percentage: .325

Shots on Goal Percentage: .533

Opponent Shots on Goal Percentage: .571

Groundballs: 342

Opponent Groundballs: 378

Turnovers: 169

Caused Turnovers: 76

Faceoffs: 143-318 (.450)

Clearing Percentage: 210-230 (.913)

Opponent Clearing Percentage: 206-233 (.884)

Penalties: 55 (45:30)

In the 2016 matchup between these two teams, the Syracuse Orange came out firing with 25 shots in the first half. SU finished out the first half with a 10-1 lead and never looked back as the Orange won 18-5. In fact, the Orange haven’t scored fewer than 18 goals in the last three games against the Saints. This year, I don’t see much room for optimism for Siena in this game. In the 2017 Preseason MAAC Coaches’ Poll, Siena was ranked tied for third place.

Siena opens up the year with a very challenging non-conference schedule that features games at Syracuse, Hobart, and Virginia in the first three weeks. The Saints return three starting attackmen, including Chris Robertson who put up 24 goals and 14 assists last season. The midfield depth is pretty shallow but is led by junior Brian Prunty. The midfielder had 23 points in 2016. The defense returns some significant experience but in goal the Saints lost Tommy Cordts to graduation. It appears Aaron Lewis will be taking up shop in the crease this year but the Saints also have a freshman in Gage Ponsetti who could make a run for the starting job.

Ultimately, this game is what is has been in the past, a warm up. Keep an eye on the SU attack lines, when the backups come in this will be a great opportunity to gauge where some of these guys are. Defensively, as I said was a possibility in the season preview, Nick Mellen will not play. Tyson Bomberry, Marcus Cunningham, and Scott Firman will take over at the close defense. After Evan Molloy makes his exit we should probably find out for sure who the back up is, but I would expect it to be Dom Madonna.

The Syracuse Orange will host the Siena Saints on Saturday, February 11 at 4 PM. The game can be seen on the ACC Network Extra and heard on TK99/105. Of course you can always follow me @Orangelax for in game updates.