No. 8 Syracuse Gets All It Can Handle from Binghamton

SYRACUSE, N.Y. No. 8 Syracuse (6-3) held off a game Binghamton bunch and emerged with a 10-8 victory against the Bearcats (3-6) Wednesday, April 2 at the Carrier Dome. Attackman Kevin Rice (Skaneateles, N.Y.) paced the Orange with two goals and two assists to help Syracuse remain unbeaten in non-conference play.

The Orange never led by more than three and trailed 6-5 in the opening minutes of the second half before a 4-0 run turned the tide. Still, it wasn't until Rice threw the ball into an empty Binghamton net with 38 seconds left that Syracuse breathed a sigh of relief.

"I was impressed with Binghamton. I thought they played well," Orange head coach John Desko said. "They were patient offensively and if you look at their games, the last four, five or six times they've played they've been in pretty much very similar games to this one tonight."

The Bearcats gave the Orange all it could handle from the outset. Binghamton led 3-2 after the first quarter and 4-3 early in the second before consecutive goals by Rice and Billy Ward (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) gave Syracuse a 5-4 advantage at the half.

In the third quarter, Johnny Maher and Kelly Donnigan scored two quick goals to put the visitors on top, 6-5, with 11:22 to go in the quarter.

After Donnigan's score, the Syracuse defense blanked the Bearcats for the remainder of the period and the Orange notched four consecutive goals one each by Nicky Galasso (West Islip, N.Y.), Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio), Dylan Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) and Randy Staats (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada) to grab its biggest lead of the game, 9-6.

The Bearcats kept clawing though. They scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, including an unassisted goal by Michael Antinozzi with 7:22 left, to trim the lead to 9-8.

Following Antinozzi's goal the two sides traded possessions for the next several minutes until Syracuse defenseman Brandon Mullins (Coppell, Texas) forced a key turnover with less than two minutes left. Mullins came over to double Binghamton's Matt Springer and knocked the ball out of his stick. Scott Firman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) pounced on it for Syracuse and the Orange successfully cleared.

Syracuse played keep away until Binghamton goalie Tanner Cosens left the crease to try and force a turnover. It didn't work and Rice scored easily, sealing the win.

In addition to Rice, Staats and Donahue also had two goals apiece for the Orange.

Senior Dominic Lamolinara (Arnold, Md.) and Bobby Wardwell (Clifton Park, N.Y.) once again split time in the cage. Both players made three saves and allowed four goals in 30 minutes of work. Wardwell was credited with the victory.

Faceoff specialist Chris Daddio (Purcellville, Va.) played a key role in stealing the game's momentum for Syracuse. After losing all six faceoffs in the first quarter, he won 8 of 12 (.667) in the second and third periods and the Orange tallied seven of its 10 goals in those two frames.

Daddio finished the game 10 for 22 (.455) at the X and picked up seven ground balls.

Eight different players scored goals for Binghamton. Tucker Nelson led the Bearcats with four points (one goal, three assists) and Antinozzi had three (one goal, two assists). Cosens, who made his first start of the year in the cage, recorded five saves.

Syracuse returns to action Tuesday, April 8 at Cornell. Opening faceoff against the Big Red is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field.

Game Notes: The Orange is 4-0 all-time against the Bearcats and has outscored Binghamton in the series, 55-24 ... Syracuse is now 2-0 this season against America East opponents and 4-0 versus teams from the state of New York ... Galasso recorded an assist in the second quarter, his first as a member of the Orange ... Daddio now has 703 career faceoff attempts. He is the fourth player in school history to log more than 700 attempts at the X, joining Chris Cercy (938), Danny Brennan (810) and Chris Bickel (793) ... Syracuse has won 17 straight games when holding its opponent to less than 10 goals.

2014-04-03



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