Men’s lacrosse grinds out second-half comeback for massive win in defensive showdown
Men’s lacrosse grinds out second-half comeback
In a game defined by the solid defensive performances of both teams, Syracuse willfully took control of the second half to mount and complete a significant comeback to win the game 9-7.
The foundation of this comeback was built off of the standout performances by Syracuse goalie Drake Porter and midfielder Jamie Trimboli. Porter ended the game with a total of 18 saves and Trimboli scored five of the team’s nine goals.
Playing a ranked opponent for the first time this season, No. 7 Army was the first big test of the 2020 season for Syracuse. With a 2-0 record and an average of nineteen goals per game, Syracuse was ranked No. 5 coming into this matchup.
A notable absence for the Orange was All-American defender Nick Mellen, who also missed last week’s convincing victory against Binghamton with a leg injury. Despite this absence, Porter and the defensive trio of Grant Murphy, Nick DiPietro, and Brett Kennedy rose to the occasion and were able to successfully stifle the Army offense.
Despite a solid defensive performance, Syracuse saw little opportunity in front of goal throughout the first half. SU’s offense had been in full motion against Binghamton and Colgate in the previous weeks, but the Black Knights proved to be a much tougher opponent. Consequently, the Orange recorded a mere 6 shots in the first quarter, most of which missed high or wide.
At halftime, Syracuse faced a three-goal deficit trailing 2-5. Although they were losing, the Syracuse players never doubted their ability to win the game.