After a dominant win this weekend over Rutgers (19-6), the Orange look to take home The Kraus-Simmons trophy again today against the Hobart Statesmen at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y.
The Kraus-Simmons trophy has been presented to the victor in this annual showdown every year since 1986. The trophy is named for renowned Orange head coach Roy Simmons Sr., who coached at SU from 1931-70 and won 253 career games, and Babe Kraus who compiled 208 victories at Hobart. Syracuse has won 24 of the 26 meetings since the trophy has been awarded, including 20 in a row from 1987 to 2005. The Statesmen gained possession of the trophy in 1986 and again in 2006, otherwise it has resided in Syracuse.
However; this will be no easy task for the Orangemen. Hobart ranks 6th on the prestigious list as one of the most winningist teams in NCAA history. Hobart always seems to give the Orange problems in Geneva. Two years ago SU traveled there ranked No. 2 in the nation but needed overtime to survive the unranked Statesmen 9-8. Three years before that it was 13-12. Those stands are going to be packed tonight with Hobart fans taunting Syracuse and pleading their team to pull off an upset.
“In a game like this everybody will be running on adrenaline,” said head coach of the Statesmen TW Johnson, “That will get us through. Hey, there’s a trophy involved and we have a great opponent coming to town. That’s reason enough.”
Senior Tommy Palasek, Sophomore Derek Maltz, Sophomore Billy Ward, and Senior Bobby Eilers look to continue their offensive dominance following their season high 19-point performance against Rutgers
Side Note: The Orange began its varsity lacrosse history with a 9-1 loss at home to Hobart on April 29, 1916. Since then, it has dominated the series thanks to some lengthy winning streaks and holds a 70-25-2 advantage in the rivalry. SU won 10 in a row against Hobart from 1930 to 1936, 11 straight from 1952 to 1963 and a series-best 19 in a row from 1987 to 2005. Hobart’s 9-8 victory at the Carrier Dome in 2006 stopped the streak, but SU has rebounded to win the last five matchups, including last year’s 13-7 Dome win.