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Men’s playoffs: Syracuse topples Notre Dame, 9-3, in BIG EAST semis

Thursday, 2nd May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, NCAA Philly Final Four, Posted 5/2/13
From Press Release
and David A. Willauer

No. 3 Syracuse seized control of the game with a 7-0 run that stretched from the second to fourth quarter en route to a 9-3 win over No. 5 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship tonight at Villanova Stadium.

Matt Walters - Stephen O'Hara

Syracuse’s Matt Walters (Haverford School) is defended by Notre Dame’s Stephen O’Hara (St. Joseph’s Prep) – Photo for

Syracuse will face tonight’s Villanova-Georgetown winer at noon Saturday for the title and an automatic NCAA berth.

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Notre Dame (10-4), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, knotted the game, 2-2, on a Sean Rogers goal with 10:10 remaining in the second quarter. The Irish would then go scoreless for the next 35:19 of the contest.

“I thought the defense, once again, was superb,” Orange head coach John Desko said. “They just played solid all game long.

“When they did have some good opportunities, I thought Dom (Lamolinara) made some great saves today. As a result, I think that’s why the score was the way it was.”

Syracuse (12-3) netted three goals in a span of 1:49 late in the second quarter to claim a 5-2 lead at the intermission. The tallies came from Dylan Donahue, Hakeem Lecky and Kevin Rice. The second-seeded Orange outshot the Irish 22-10 in the opening half.

Syracuse’s Derek Maltz deposited the only two scores of the third quarter and the Orange led 7-2 after three periods of play. The first goal was on a man-up situation.

The Orange surge continued on a Lecky goal that made it 8-2 with 10:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. Luke Cometti pushed the Syracuse advantage to seven (9-2) midway through the final period. Notre Dame’s Nick Ossello snapped the scoring drought with 4:51 left in the contest.

Syracuse took a 2-0 lead by the 6:40 mark of the first quarter on goals from Henry Schoonmaker and Rice. Following the goal from Rice, the Fighting Irish defense kept the Orange off the scoreboard for a span of 18:26. Tyler Kimball sliced the Syracuse lead in half (2-1) when he scored for the Irish with just over six minutes left in the opening quarter.

Senior goalie John Kemp made a season-high 15 saves for the Fighting Irish. Lamolinara had 10 stops and allowed two goals for Syracuse. The Orange held a 39-27 advantage in shots. Both teams won eight faceoffs.

BIG EAST Championship Semifinal

May 2, 2013 – Villanova Stadium – Villanova, Pa.

#5 Notre Dame (10-4) – 1 1 0 1 – 3
#3 Syracuse (12-3) – 2 3 2 2 – 9

Notre Dame Scoring (goals-assists):

Sean Rogers 1-0, Tyler Kimball 1-0, Nick Ossello 1-0, Conor Doyle 0-1

Goalie: John Kemp (L, 60:00, 15 saves, 9 GA)

Syracuse Scoring (goals-assists):

Derek Maltz 2-2, Kevin Rice 2-0, Hakeem Lecky 2-0, Dylan Donahue 1-0, Luke Cometti 1-0, Henry Schoonmaker 1-0, JoJo Marasco 0-4

Goalies: Dominic Lamolinara (W, 52:30, 10 saves, 2 GA), Bobby Wardwell (7:30, 0 saves, 1 GA)


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