Syracuse lax rolls Colgate to end regular season
Syracuse jumped all over Colgate early, getting out to a 6-0 lead, and never looking back for the Orange (8-6) to down the Raiders (7-8) on Saturday, 17-5 in the regular season finale.
Syracuse will now await its fate heading into the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The Orange head into the NCAA Tournament as the only team in the nation currently with two top-five RPI wins and the No. 3 strength of schedule, according to LaxPower's unofficial metrics.
In Saturday's contest, Brendan Bomberry scored four times, leading the man-up unit to a 3-for-4 day, while Jamie Trimboli notched three goals of his own to ignite the Syracuse offense. Dom Madonna was stellar in net, stopping six shots and allowing just five goals. Nate Solomon (2-2), Stephen Rehfuss (0-3), and Jacob Buttermore (3-0) also recorded multi-point efforts.
'Cuse jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from David Lipka, Bomberry, Trimboli and Solomon.
Trimboli and Solomon notched another goal each before the Raiders finally got on the board with 9:27 left before halftime. Pat Carlin then answered right away before halftime, to five Syracuse a 7-1 lead heading into the break.
Colgate scored another, with Will Blumenberg scoring 21 seconds into the third, but Trimboli's third and a man-up rocket from Matt Lane upped the Syracuse lead once again to 9-2.
After trading goals with the Raiders and taking an 11-5 lead into the fourth, 'Cuse used goals from Fusco, Bomberry, three in a row from Buttermore – which were the first career goals for him – and Troy Lauder's first career goal in succession to open a 17-5 lead and take the win by that margin.
The Orange won the faceoff battle 14 to 12, out ground balled the Raiders 33-18 and were successful on 16-of-17 clears in their final tune-up.
'Cuse will find out its NCAA Tournament matchup on Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.