Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Puts Up Highest Scoring Output Of Season
By: Ashley Wenskoski | @AshleyWenskTV
The biggest offensive output of the season led Syracuse men’s lacrosse (5-4, 0-2 ACC) to a 22-6 win in their first ever meeting with in-state foe St. Bonaventure (1-7).
After hitting a bit of a rough patch against ACC opponents, the Orange have won two straight non-conference games. They kept the momentum going after their 16-8 victory over Hofstra last week by topping the Bonnies with ease.
The offense found its footing once more, headlined by three goals and a hat trick each from Owen Hiltz and Alex Simmons. Joey Spallina had six points as well with two goals in the and four assists.
Though the Orange started off a bit cold, they warmed up quickly. Leading 4-2 after the first period, Nick Caccamo and the defense proceeded to shut out the Bonnies offense in the third period. This allowed the Orange to go on a 9-0 scoring run in the span of just a few minutes. Will Mark was allowed a bit of a break in the cage, making just 8 saves.
SU never looked back from there, taking out many of their starters and allowing five players to score their first goals of the season on route to a 22-6 final.
It was a game that truly showcased the depth of the Orange roster this season, as an astounding 14 different players found the back of the net. Head Coach Gary Gait said sharing the love on offense is important.
“We got to go deep in the lineup,” Gait said. “I did enjoy watching a lot of our guys execute (things) that we haven’t seen that much of this year..and they played well.”
In an Orange attack that typically relies on guys like Spallina, Hiltz, Simmons, and Finn Thomson up front, it was refreshing to see senior captains Pete Fiorini and Max Rosa score their first goals of the season.
Fellow captain Griffin Cook spoke to the camaraderie of the offense postgame.
“This team has definitely just been really unselfish,” Cook said. “Everyone just wants everyone else to do really well. We don’t really care who scores.”
SU looks to keep things rolling as they continue their three-game homestand this Saturday against Hobart. The Statesmen are 4-3 on the season with wins against Colgate, Canisius College, Robert Morris University, and Providence College.
Faceoff from the JMA Wireless Dome is scheduled for 1:00 pm – we’ll have live updates for you on Twitter from @CitrusTVSports and @AshleyWenskTV.