Feb. 4, 2009

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The defending NCAA champion Syracuse Orange began the 2009 campaign with a pair of scrimmage victories on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange defeated Hofstra and Le Moyne, both by the score of 13-6.

Attackmen Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) and Tim Desko (Syracuse, N.Y.) powered the Orange with nine points each on the day. Nims tallied five goals, including a team-best three against Hofstra. Desko had seven goals in the two contests and paced SU with five against Le Moyne. Senior midfielder Dan Hardy (Tully, N.Y.) was the team's top assist man. He finished with five in the two games.

Both of the team's scrimmages were 90 minutes long and featured three 15-minute regulation periods. The Orange also played a 15-minute running time period in its matchup with the Pride.

Syracuse led Hofstra, 4-3, after the first 15 minutes of action and took control of the scrimmage, scoring four of the five goals in the second period. The Orange scored three in the stanza's first five minutes before a Tom Dooley tally ended the run and cut the SU lead to 7-4. Desko led SU with two points (1g, 1a) in the period.

Nims took over as Syracuse's catalyst in the third period. He scored SU's first goal of the session and assisted on a Ryan Barber (Syracuse, N.Y.) tally to make the score 10-4. A Michael Colleluori goal followed, before freshman midfielder Bobby Eilers (Simsbury, Conn.) netted his only goal of the day to push the Orange lead back to six, 11-5.

Desko and junior attackman Chris Daniello (Cross River, N.Y.) had the Orange's two fourth-quarter goals.

Sophomore goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) played the first two periods and part of the third. He finished with 10 saves. He was relieved by junior Al Cavalieri (Lathrup Village, Mich.), who made three stops.

Against Le Moyne, the Orange trailed 1-0 after a Jack Harmatuk goal at the 14:04 mark of the first period, but Syracuse scored six answered goals to win the session, 6-1. Nims (2g, 1a) and Desko (2g, 1a) each had three points in the scoring outburst.

Syracuse extended the scoring run to nine on a goal by senior Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.) and two more Desko tallies. The Dolphins notched the final two goals of the second period to close the gap to six, 9-3, but the Orange netted four of the next five to take a commanding 13-4 lead and cruise to the victory.

Desko finished with a game-high six points (5g, 1a) against the Dolphins. Nims had four (2-2) and Hardy recorded three (1-2).

Galloway played the first two sessions and made five saves. Cavalieri, freshman Paul Dubas (New Canaan, Conn.) and junior Michael Williams (Gambrills, Md.) all saw action between the pipes in the third period. Cavalieri made six saves.

In the day's first game, Hofstra and Le Moyne tied, 6-6. The contest consisted of two 30-minute periods and a third 15-minute period - all running time. Brad Loizeaux, Jay Card, Kevin Ford and Jordan Rosen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Pride. Brian Welch and Jack Harmatuk paced the Dolphins with two goals each. Doug McIver had a game-high seven saves for Le Moyne. He played the first two periods and part of the third.

Syracuse will wrap up its exhibition schedule on Saturday, Feb. 7 with a 12 p.m. scrimmage against Harvard at the Carrier Dome. The contest is part of "Gary Gait's Laxapalooza," which will continue at the Dome throughout the afternoon into the evening.