Tough day for Syracuse lacrosse.
The Syracuse Orange dropped their season opener for the first time in 17 years, falling to the Albany Great Danes 16-15 in double overtime inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange fell behind by as many as five goals before evening the score late in the fourth quarter. When the first overtime began, Syracuse controlled the face off and had possession of the ball the entire extra frame. The Orange missed out on a number of chances with misses followed up by ground balls, and in the second overtime the Great Danes took advantage of a Syracuse miss and turned it in to a win.
The last time the Orange gave up 16 goals in a game you would have to go back as far as April 2007 in a game against Cornell.
The two teams combined for 93 shots in a game that saw a lot of scoring, and minimal defense. Miles Thompson led the way for Albany in the Great Dane win. The Onondaga Nation native scored a number of points, including the game winning goal in the second overtime on a pass from his brother Lyle. For Syracuse, JoJo Morasco had a great day, scoring eight points with three goals and five assists.
This game was frustrating to watch as a fan, but there are a lot of positives that can still be taken away from the Dome tonight. Syracuse was not impressive on offense in the first half, but doubled their production in the second half, scoring ten goals. The Orange appeared to be more comfortable and on the same page, and that is definitely a positive going forward.
Having said that, the defense without a doubt has to get better. Albany appeared to be able to get inside whenever they wanted, and it led to a lot of easy goals on Bobby Wardwell. The afternoon was summed up nicely when Wardwell made a nice save, and followed it up by tossing it to the wrong team in front of the crease to give up an easy goal.
This loss definitely stings for Syracuse, but they don’t have time to sulk over it. The Army Black Knights have already proven in the past couple of seasons that they are more than capable of hanging around and even beating the Orange, so Syracuse will have to get refocused and move on to the next one. This loss hurts, but an opening day loss can turn in to a lot of positives going forward if the team can grow and correct the mistakes they made.
Earlier today, the top ranked Syracuse women lost to Maryland at home as well.