SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) - The No. 10 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team may have some new faces running its offense, but Orange attack didn’t skip a beat in the season opener, downing Binghamton 21-4, in what was the largest victory since 2009.
‘Cuse dominated in every way, with 12 different player scoring a goal and allowed just two goals that weren’t in man-down situations defensively. At the X, Danny Varello (15-of-17), Seth Delisle (4-of-6), Nick Martin (3-of-3) and Nate Garlow (2-of-3), combined to give the Orange possession on 24-of-29 restarts. ‘Cuse was also a perfect 20-of-20 on clear attempts.
“I think it was a terrific start to the 2018 season," said head coach John Desko. "Our guys came in focused offensively and defensively. I think Danny did a great job of winning faceoffs and giving us those possessions, especially in the first half to put pressure on their defense and let our offense get comfortable. I’m almost a little surprised how well we played, especially early. But, a good win for us and now we have to buckle up and get ready for next week."
Led by Brandon Bomberry’s five goals and an assist, the Orange powered past Binghamton early and often, starting the season on a 13-0 run through the first 26:01 of game action.
In addition to Bomberry, Stephen Rehfuss (3-2), Nate Solomon (2-1), Jamie Trimboli (2-1), Bradley Voigt (1-2), Tucker Dordevic (1-1), Lucas Quinn (2-0) and David Lipka (1-1) each posted multi-point days. Pat Carlin, Brendan Curry, Matt Lane and Riley O’Sullivan also scored for the Orange, while Peter Dearth chipped in an assist.
In net, Dom Madonna made four saves through 45 minutes, while Drake Porter added to saves and combined with Willie Klan III to hold the Bearcats scoreless in the fourth.
The Orange scoring run started with five different scorers. Solomon’s feed to Trimboli right in front started the season, before Voigt found Brendan Bomberry to make it with 9:58 to play in the first quarter. From there, the goals came fast. Dordevic scored less than a minute later, Rehfuss scored with 4:33 left before Nate Solomon’s highlight reel goal capped off a quick run.
After Brendan Bomberry intercepted a pass and rifled one off the post. Solomon, who was cutting back towards the cage, collected the ground ball and send a behind-the-back bounce shot into the top-right corner as he was being pushed to the turf.
Voigt notched his first of the year with 2:39 remaining in the quarter after he assisted twice earlier, before Lipka and Rehfuss each tallied a goal in the final minute of the frame to take an 8-0 lead into the first stoppage.
Bomberry then notched two more to open the second, with Trimboli, Solomon and Lane each scored to make it 13-0. The Bearcats finally got on the board on a man-up chance, when Thomas McAndrew was the first to beat Madonna. Stephen Petrelli notched once more to give ‘Cuse a 13-2 lead heading into the locker room.
Bomberry and Rehfuss picked up right where they left off in the first, each scoring twice in the opening moments of the third. After two more Binghamton goals, which were split by a Carlin tally, Syracuse closed on a 5-0 run, with Bomberry, Curry, Quinn, O’Sullivan and Quinn again scoring in succession to provide the final result.
Syracuse returns to action on Saturday when the team hosts No. 3 Albany at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The win was the largest margin of victory for Syracuse since the Orange defeated Providence 22-3 on Feb. 15, 2009. That game was also the season opener … Four goals is the fewest that the Syracuse defense has allowed in a game since March 12, 2016 against St. John’s, in what was a 15-4 win … Syracuse’s faceoff percentage 24-of-29 (.828) was the best since May 2, 2015, when ‘Cuse won 18-of-20 (.900) in a 9-7 win at Colgate … The 21 goals were the most Feb. 7, 2015, when the Orange defeated Siena 21-7. That game was also a season opener … The win was the 896th in program history for the Orange, who are seeking to become the second collegiate program with 900 wins (Johns Hopkins, 971) … Syracuse is now 80-19 (.808) in season openers … Syracuse has won 49-straight games when holding its opponent under 10 goals … The win was the 501st win at Syracuse for head coach John Desko, 237 as the head coach, 229 as an assistant and 35 as a player … Brendan Bomberry’s five goals were the most by a Syracuse player since Jordan Evans scored five times in the NCAA First Round win vs. Marist on May 10, 2015 … Bomberry’s six points and five goals were both career highs. His previous high was four goals (accomplished two times, most recently vs. Siena 2/11/17) and five points (4-1; vs. Sacred Heart 2/27/16 when he was playing at Denver) … Rehfuss’ five points were a new career high. He had three four-point efforts last season. His three goals also tied a career day … Trimboli’s three points (2-1) was a career high, he tied his career best with two goals (3x last season) and one assist (3x last season) … Voigt’s two assists tied a career high … Quinn, Curry and Dordevic each scored their first collegiate goal in the win … Varello’s 15 faceoff wins were a career-best … Martin, and Garlow each took and won their first-career faceoffs and won their first faceoffs in today’s win … Cristian Edwards and Brett Barlow’s caused turnovers were the first of his career … Varello’s nine ground balls was a career high.
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