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Inside Look: #2 Syracuse Lacrosse Holds Off #9 UAlbany, 17-12

On Thursday night at 7pm, not only did almost 7,000 New Yorkers get the game they wanted to see, the whole lacrosse world was riding the edges of their seats watching 2014 Tewaaraton Winner Lyle Thompson lead his #9 UAlbany Great Danes against their Upstate rival, the #2 Syracuse Orange, for one last time.

Looking back at the heart-breaking double OT loss to Notre Dame that ended ‘Cuse’s perfect season and pulled them out of the #1 spot, fans knew the Orange were going to be firing on all cylinders in an attempt to win the first of their last three regular season games.

Inside Look: Syracuse Lacrosse Holds Off Albany, 17-12

Before the game, Syracuse lacrosse head coach John Desko helped Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Stan Cockerton and the rest of the FIL announce Syracuse, NY, and more specifically the Onondaga Nation as the host of the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, September 18-27th, 2015.

The announcement was also included official confirmation that the world-famous Carrier Dome will serve as the location for the Bronze and Gold Medal games as well as the closing ceremonies, marking the 1st fil ltime for box lacrosse to be played in the arena and the first time an indigenous nation will serve as host to a world sporting competition.

None other than Lyle Thompson led the charge for the Danes, scoring 4 highlight goals and earning 3 assist while a trio of UAlbany players all found 2 goals a piece also.

For Syracuse it was Henry Schoonmaker from Portland, OR, taking command for the Orange. Henry punched in 5 goals for the game, his only other hat trick in 2015 came against Duke. He was followed closely by Nicky Gallaso with 4 goals and 4 goals and 1 assist and Kevin Rice with 3 goals and 4 assists.

Ben Williams Syracuse lacrosse vs UAlbany 2015 credit Jeff Melnik

The true deciding factor in this match-up seemed to be Syracuse’s domination at the face-off X. Face-off athlete Ben Williams toyed with anyone who dared to square off with him, inning an exceptional 24 of 27 of the game’s draws. The other 4 of 6 wins were taken by RS-Sophomore Cal Paduda.

Bobby Wardwell made 12 saves for the Orange with Blaze Riorden saved 15 shots in the game.

It’s also worth pointing out the Albany went 0-5 on extra-man opportunities… and lost by 5 goals. Then again, the Orange were only 1-6, so that’s not a stat to be proud of either. I don’t have a stat for time of possession, but let’s just say the Syracuse had the ball a lot.

The Syracuse lacrosse team heads off to Chapel Hill, NC, to face the North Carolina Tar Heels today at 4pm on ESPN U while the Danes travel to take on the Vermont Catamounts at 1 pm on Live Stream.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Melnik