Orange retains Kraus-Simmons
No. 4 Syracuse defeated Hobart 13-7
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 4 Syracuse (11-1) used a balanced offensive attack to post a 13-7 win versus Hobart (5-7) on Tuesday, April 19 at the Carrier Dome. Ten different players scored goals for the Orange, including seniors Stephen Keogh, Jeremy Thompson and junior Kevin Drew, who recorded two goals each.
For Drew, it was the first two-goal game of his career. Thompson added an assist to finish with three points. Senior Josh Amidon also had three points (1g, 2a) in the contest.
With the victory, the Orange retained the Kraus-Simmons Trophy for the fifth straight season and the 24th time in the 26 years since it was first awarded to the Syracuse-Hobart winner in 1986. The trophy is named for Hall-of-Fame coaches Babe Kraus (Hobart) and Roy Simmons Sr. (Syracuse).
“It’s great to keep the Kraus-Simmons Trophy here in Syracuse,” SU head coach John Desko said. “The building we walk into every day is called the Roy Simmons Sr. (Coaches) Center. Roy Simmons Jr. was up in the (press) box watching the game and Roy Simmons III is on the staff. It brings a little more importance to this game having the trophy and having the Simmons family watching us play.”
Syracuse jumped on Hobart early and never let up. Amidon opened the scoring with a rocket from 13 yards out less than two minutes into the game. The Statesmen tied the score on a Sam Miller goal at the 1:51 mark of the first quarter, but the Orange rattled off six of the game’s next seven goals to take a commanding 7-2 advantage midway through the second period. Included in the run were back-to-back goals by senior Jovan Miller and junior Bobby Eilers on drives down the right alley, as well as a pretty ground ball pick-up and finish by Keogh on the doorstep.
Paul Reintjes finally snapped a 15:56 scoring drought for the Statesmen when he charged across midfield and scored unassisted, making it 7-3 Orange at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Matt Campbell converted a transition opportunity to get the Statesmen within three, 7-4. However, that’s as close as the visitors got. Redshirt sophomore Pete Coleman rifled home an extra-man goal for Syracuse less than two minutes after Campbell scored. Then Thompson fought his way inside for a goal with 7:57 to go in the quarter and it was quickly 9-4 Orange.
Overall, Syracuse netted the last five goals of the third quarter to claim a 12-4 advantage heading into the final period. The Statesmen outscored the Syracuse, 3-1, in the fourth quarter, but never seriously threatened the hosts.
One of the keys to the victory was Syracuse’s ability to neutralize Hobart’s Bobby Dattilo at the faceoff X. Dattilo came into the game ranked fourth nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.658), however, the quartet of Thompson, senior Josh Knight and freshmen Chris Daddio and Ricky Buhr combined to win half of the game’s 24 faceoffs. Daddio led the way with a career-best six faceoff wins on nine attempts.
Dattilo finished the game 12-for-23 (.522) at the X, nearly 14 percent below his season faceoff success rate.
In addition to its faceoff success, the Orange notched a season-best three man-up goals against the Statesmen and went 3-for-5 with the man advantage for the game.
Tim Bigelow paced the Hobart offense with two goals and one assist. No one else tallied more than one point for the Statesmen.
Syracuse steps back into Big East Conference play on Saturday, April 23. The Orange will face Rutgers in the second game of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Faceoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Game Notes: With the victory, Syracuse improved to 8-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal … Desko is now 12-1 all-time in his head coaching career against Hobart … Freshman Matt Harris recorded his first career goal in the third quarter … Senior Joel White tied his career high with 10 ground balls … Senior defenseman John Lade returned to the starting lineup after missing most of the last three games due to injury … Lade guarded Hobart leading scorer Sam Miller and helped hold him to one goal.