Maltz Nets Six as #15 Syracuse Survives Scare from Hobart

GENEVA, N.Y.-In the annual Kraus-Simmons Trophy game, the Hobart lacrosse team battled back from a 10-4 halftime deficit, outscoring No. 15 Syracuse 8-3 in the final 30 minutes, but the Orange held off the furious rally for a 13-12 non-conference victory on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.

Sophomore Cam Stone led Hobart with five points on two goals and three assists. Classmate Alex Love scored a team-high four goals. Senior Sam Miller notched two goals and senior Chris Pedersen earned two assists. Senior Bobby Dattilo dominated at the X, winning 18 of 28 faceoffs and collecting a game-high nine ground balls.

Sophomore Peter Zonino played all 60 minutes in goal for Hobart and finished with 18 saves, one off his career high.

Derek Maltz led the Syracuse effort with a game-high six goals. Bobby Eilers and Henry Schoonma each chipped in two goals. Tommy Palasek notched a goal and three assists. Tim Desko and Brian Megill each added a goal and an assist apiece. Megill matched Dattilo's nine ground balls. Bobby Wardwell earned the win in goal, stopping 11 shots.

Syracuse started off strong scoring the first four goals of the game. Maltz notched two in the run. With 6:36 left in the first quarter, Miller put Hobart on the board after an assist from Pedersen. Bobby Eilers notched a man-up goal for Syracuse with 2:20 remaining in the first period. Eighteen seconds later, Stone found the back of the net after a feed from junior Ethan O'Connor to make it 5-2.

First-year Taylor Vanderbeek scored his 19th of the season, assisted by Stone, 54 seconds into the second quarter. Goals by Matlz and Henry Schoonmaker stretched the Syracuse lead to four. Love drilled a shot into the back of the net 11:37 before the break, but three straight goals by the Orange, including back-to-back tallies by Maltz gave SU a 10-4 lead at halftime.

The Statesmen came out with the momentum after the break. Sophomore Jake McHenry scored his second goal of the season on the extra-man 25 seconds into the third quarter. Love followed with his 29th goal of the season to cut the Statesmen deficit to four. With 5:50 left in the third, Tommy Palasek took advantage of an Orange man-up opportunity to make it 11-6. Stone found the back of the net with 4:47 on the clock, and junior Sean Regan recorded his first career goal to get Hobart within two going into the fourth quarter.

Maltz notched his 26th goal of the season and sixth of the game to make it 12-9 with 11:17 left in regulation. A little over a minute later, first-year Branden Kessler registered his first collegiate goal to get Hobart back within two. Tim Desko gave Syracuse a 13-10 lead with 6:06 left in the game. With 3:41 remaining, Miller's unassisted tally brought Hobart back within two. After a pass from Stone, Love blasted a shot past the Orange goalie with nine seconds left in the game to make it 13-12.

The Orange held a 43-30 advantage in shots. The Statesmen held a 36-35 edge in ground balls. Syracuse was successful on 18 of 21 clear attempts, while Hobart finished 13 of 18. The Orange were able to capitalized on 3 of 5 extra man opportunities, while Hobart scored one man-up goal in three chances.

The Statesmen will be back in action on Saturday, April 21 when they host top-ranked Loyola for an ECAC contest on Boswell Field beginning at noon.

Game Notes

With three assists, Stone raised this season total to 26, matching Nate Hill's 2004 total, the second highest season total by a Statesman since 1995.

Dattilo moved into second place on Hobart's Division I career ground balls list. His 261 GBs are just two off the record.

Pedersen (57-56-113) moved into sixth place on the DI career points list, passing Jeff Colburn '09.

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