John Desko

May 12, 2013 - 11:27pm
SU capitalized on its few offensive possessions to roll past tournament newcomer Bryant at the Carrier Dome.

Chris Daddio knew his offense wasn’t going to have many chances to put the ball in the back of the net during the Orange’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Bryant.

Facing the nation’s top faceoff specialist in the Bulldogs’ Kevin Massa can do that.

April 16, 2013 - 11:16pm
Hobart attackman Alex Love and goalkeeper Peter Zonino snap No. 5 Syracuse's four-game win streak.

Alex Love was directly responsible for more than 50 percent of Hobart’s goals Tuesday night against the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team.

None were bigger than his last.

Love tallied six goals and an assist on eight shots on goal — including the game-winning score — to help the Statesmen (6-6) stun the No. 5 Orange (9-3), 13-12. With the win, Hobart took the Kraus-Simmons Trophy, representation of the third-longest rivalry in Division I men’s lacrosse, west on I-90 for the first time since 2006.

April 13, 2013 - 4:57pm
Seniors Luke Cometti and JoJo Marasco helped the Orange outscore Rutgers, 7-1 in the fourth quarter for a 12-11 victory.

For three and a half quarters, it looked like a classic trap game.

No. 7 Syracuse (9-2, 3-1 Big East) was being outhustled, outmanned and outscored by two-win Rutgers, days after dramatic wins at No. 9 Princeton and over No. 2 Cornell.

April 10, 2013 - 11:17pm
A back-and-forth battle between Central New York lacrosse powerhouses ended with an Orange victory in the Carrier Dome Wednesday night.

The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team only led for six minutes and 15 seconds in Wednesday night’s rivalry game against No. 2 Cornell (10-2).

But it was the only six minutes of the game that mattered.

Henry Schoonmaker scored his second goal more than midway through the fourth quarter, giving the Orange a 12-11 lead. No. 7 Syracuse (8-2) held on for a 13-12 victory, snapping a two-game losing streak against the Big Red, who won last year’s meeting in a 12-6 home rout.

April 1, 2013 - 1:57pm
Following in the footsteps of brother, father and three uncles, redshirt freshman attackman Dylan Donahue has helped the No. 8 Orange to a 6-2 start.

Dylan Donahue doesn’t remember when he became a Syracuse lacrosse fan. All he knows is an orange shirt from his childhood.

He doesn’t remember what it read, its logo, or any designs, only that it was orange. He remembers he was “six or seven” years old, running around his parent’s house in Syracuse with it and a miniature lacrosse stick.

But he does remember what the shirt means.

March 29, 2013 - 11:15pm
No. 9 cruised to a 17-5 victory over Canisius behind Rice and Maltz.

Kevin Rice hasn’t always had the most opportunities to score in Syracuse’s remarkably deep offensive output. But Rice, a sophomore attackman, made use of every chance he had in a dominating win over Canisius.

March 16, 2013 - 6:47pm
No. 7 Syracuse used an early first period scoring streak to upset No. 5 Johns Hopkins in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

Hakeem Lecky knew he would get his chances to shine for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team this year. But four games into the season, he hadn’t had too many.

Lecky, a 5-foot-10-inch, 167-pound midfielder, found them in the fifth game.

Lecky scored twice off the bench, and starter Scott Loy had a hat trick as the No. 7 Orange pounced on No. 5 Johns Hopkins for a 13-8 win in front of 6,292 fans in the Carrier Dome.

March 7, 2013 - 6:05pm
Syracuse defender Brandon Mullins will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the men's lacrosse team announced Thursday.

After a season-opening loss to Albany, the Syracuse men's lacrosse team went back to defensive basics in rattling off a two-game win streak over Army and Virginia.

That defense will have to adjust again, barely two weeks later.

March 1, 2013 - 11:24pm
No. 16 Syracuse rallied past No. 6 Virginia in a back-and-forth game Friday night, 9-8.

Kevin Rice dreamed of playing in the Syracuse-Virginia men’s lacrosse rivalry since he played backyard lacrosse in his Skaneateles home.

The sophomore attackman cemented his spot in the rivalry Friday night.

Rice made use of only two shots, driving home the game-winning goal with one minute left in overtime as the Orange nipped the No. 6 Cavaliers, 9-8 in front of 5,388 fans at the Carrier Dome.

February 24, 2013 - 8:48pm
No. 18 Syracuse employed a stringent defense and explosive first-half offense to defeat Army, 6-2.

Call it a goalkeeper’s duel, defensive effort or grind-it-out performance. The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team only cares about one thing — a win.

No. 18 Syracuse bounced back from a disastrous double-overtime loss to Albany on Feb. 17 with a 6-2 defensive-minded win against Army on Sunday at the Carrier Dome.

The game, in which both teams combine for 66 shots and 37 shots on goal, saw a completely different defensive effort from goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell and the Syracuse backline.