Annapolis, Md. — There was at least one person who saw Syracuses 18-goal outburst on Saturday coming.
Nate said something yesterday about the attack kind of going off today, but its kind of in one ear and out the other with Nate with stuff that he says, attackman Bradley Voigt said with a laugh.
Perhaps the Orange will take heed of the seniors clairvoyance moving forward after walloping Navy 18-9 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in a regular-season finale that featured an offensive barrage in six-on-six, extra-man and unsettled situations.
Voigt scored five goals, Stephen Rehfuss delivered two goals and five assists and Solomon had two goals and three assists for the Orange (9-3), who have won four in a row entering the ACC Tournament. Midfielder Jamie Trimboli added three goals and an assist.
Collectively, Syracuses starting attack shot 9 of 14 while dealing Navy (5-7) its most lopsided home loss since a 15-4 setback against Duke in 1996.
I think we are finding ourselves there, Orange coach John Desko said. I think theyre all playing within themselves. I thought Brads been pretty consistent all year long, and getting Stephen back healthy finally, whether hes not hurt or hes not sick, I think hes able to perform and do the things hes capable of doing. Nates playing more within himself also.
Defenseman Nick Mellen helped hold Christian Daniel, Navys leading scorer, without a point while goalie Drake Porter matched a career high with 16 saves. Ryan Wade led the Mids with a goal and two assists.
The blowout provided Syracuse the chance to rest some regulars on offense in the final eight minutes, a development even more helpful than usual considering the Oranges ACC Tournament schedule.
Syracuse was locked into the No. 4 seed of the five-team event earlier in the day, forcing the Orange into an opening round game Thursday at North Carolina. With a victory over the Tar Heels, the Orange will face top-seeded Virginia on Saturday.
The Orange had little to complain about after their step outside of conference play. Unlike last year, when Navy hung around and then scored twice in the final nine seconds to secure a 13-12 victory at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse had this game effectively wrapped up shortly after halftime.
Credit some of it to an old Orange staple — transition play — that keyed a 9-1 run that spanned halftime and turned a 4-4 game into a rout.
Voigt scored twice in transition in the second quarter — first off a feed from Brett Kennedy, then in a perfectly executed break off a Solomon pass — as Syracuse claimed a 6-4 lead. After Navy got one back, David Lipka zipped past a short stick to beat goalie Ryan Kern and then fed Trimboli for another score.
You think of Syracuse, theyre kind of synonymous with transition and they have slick sticks, Navy coach Rick Sowell said. Voigt, he catches everything. Four guys draped around him and hell catch it and the next thing you know hes spinning out of trouble and scoring goals.
Solomon soon added an extra-man goal and Voigt tacked on a score in the final minute of the half to make it 10-5 at the break. Syracuse then scored the first three goals of the second half to seal the victory.
Plenty was working for the Orange, including a 3-for-3 showing on man-up. Still the transition spark provided a hint of what Syracuses potential when it can create frantic situations for foes.
We always want to take those opportunities if we have them, and they presented themselves today, Desko said. We wanted to get out going from defense to offense, and we got a couple off the faceoff, too, which was good to see. Our short sticks are getting better clearing and, obviously playing defense, but [also] being more of an offensive threat.
Five of Syracuses starters had multi-point days, and there were other firsts throughout the roster. Sophomore Owen Seebold and freshman Andrew Kim recorded their first career goals. Sophomore midfielder Lucas Quinn had a goal and an assist, his first points of the season and his first multi-point game since Feb. 10, 2018, against Binghamton.
Six-on-six, the middies were doing their job, Rehfuss said. A lot of the times we were just finishing or they were finishing our feeds. I just think six-on-six, we were working really well.
Certainly the best team weve played since Loyola (on March 16), Sowell said. Loyolas kind of struggling now, so they might be the best team weve played on our schedule this year. Theyre a good team. You make a mistake and theyll make you pay and thats exactly what they did today against us.
Share Share Syracuse mens lacrosse: Orange wrap up the regular season with trip to Annapolis against Navy tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Syracuse Athletics With ACC regular season play complete, the Syracuse Orange wrap up the regular season with a road trip to Annapolis to take on the Navy Midshipmen. Opening faceoff is set for 5 PM on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak and Evan Washburn on the call (Live Stats are here).
Navy leads the all-time series 19-8-1, but Syracuse has won seven of the last nine meetings. This will be the first time since 1982 the two teams played each other in Annapolis in the regular season. The teams met for a fall ball scrimmage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium back in 2015. Side note, that stadium is the best for college lacrosse.
Last week against North Carolina, the Orange had yet another solid defensive outing. Despite giving up a 6-0 run, Syracuse would give up only one goal in a 35:53 span while they scored 10 en route to a 12-9 final that was not as close as the box score would appear.
Nate Solomon led the way on offense with a hat-trick and an assist, while fellow starting attackmen Stephen Rehfuss and Bradley Voigt each recorded three points. FOGO Danny Varello took the bulk of the draws and went 13-of-18 on the afternoon with seven ground balls with goalie Drake Porter making 12 saves as well.
In a back-and-forth affair inside the Carrier Dome, midfielder Tucker Dordevic scored a goal with 58 seconds left to give the Orange a 12-11 lead. That felt like the game-winner when it happened. But the Midshipmen had other plans. Jack Ray found himself open right in front of Dom Madonna in the middle and tied the game up with nine seconds left, with the thought that overtime would come next. Again, the Mids had other plans. On the ensuing faceoff, Joe Varello, the older brother of Danny, won the draw, passed it to his long stick midfielder who lost control, but Varello found the ball and fired a quick shot to win the game with 0.2 seconds left. The final draw would provide college lacrosses best moment of the year with both Varellos hugging each other.
In the loss, Rehfuss recorded one goal with six assists on offense. Tyson Bomberry and Brett Kennedy recorded three caused turnovers each on defense. Danny Varello went 11-of-27 from the faceoff X.