No Mellen Needed: Syracuse cruises to victory over Binghamton

No Mellen Needed: Syracuse cruises to victory over Binghamton

No. 5 Syracuse scored in the opening 2 minutes and never trailed.
Published: February 15, 2020 | Updated: February 16th, 2020 at 12:05 pm
Chase Scanlan and Tucker Dordevic celebrate after Scanlan scored in the first period of the game
Chase Scanlan and Tucker Dordevic celebrate after Scanlan scored in the first period of the game

No Nick Mellen, no problem. Even without the All-American defender, the Orange allowed only 21 shots, playing their style of game from start to finish. 

The Orange dominated each quarter as 11 players scored goals for Syracuse, tying for 2nd-most dating back to 2018. The offense got a boost from the Orange trio of face-off artists who combined for a win on 21 of 25 opportunities. From there, they played the majority of the game in Binghamton territory, controlling the ball for nearly 70% of game time.

 

Jakob Phaup tries to get around Binghamton’s Max Verch during the game.
Jakob Phaup tries to get around Binghamton’s Max Verch during the game.

“This was a good win for us, everyone played selflessly and did their job,” said Chase Scanlan after the game. The ACC’s Player of the Week, Scanlan pushed his goals streak to 19 straight games, which is good for the 3rd-longest active streak in the conference. Other players, such as Tucker Dordevic, David Lipka and Andrew Kim scored their first goals of the season, joining the goal barrage. 

While the offense was clicking on all cylinders, the defense held up their end of the bargain as well. In the absence of Nick Mellen, Nick Dipietro and Grant Murphy both had multiple deflections and clears. The defense played cohesively without their captain, showing poise and the ability to make critical stops and set their offense up for success.

Griffin Cook takes the ball while Binghamton’s Tom Galgano defends. Cook had 3 goals in the game.
Griffin Cook takes the ball while Binghamton’s Tom Galgano defends. Cook had 3 goals in the game.

While the team posted a dominant performance all around, the win did come with a price. Late in the game, the Orange lost 2 pieces of their attack to injury. Senior midfielder Peter Dearth walked gingerly to the locker room after sustaining a lower-body injury in a collision. Also, Jacob Buttermore walked off the field after hitting his leg hard on the ground. Buttermore was able to walk off on his own volition, but neither have an update on the severity, per head coach John Desko.

Today’s win is a building block towards the team’s goal of hosting a title. Syracuse now has 8 days to prepare before squaring off with undefeated #13 Army next Sunday. 

Syracuse players celebrate after scoring.
Syracuse players celebrate after scoring.
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