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Syracuse breezes in earliest lacrosse opener

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SYRACUSE — The earliest regular-season opener in program history was a successful one for the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team.

Dylan Donohue scored eight goals and registered an assist as the top-ranked Orange rolled past Siena College to post a 19-7 nonleague victory on Monday night before a turnout of 2,015 at the Carrier Dome.

Nine other players each scored a goal for Syracuse (1-0) and Kevin Rice registered eight assists.

The Orange set a school record for wins in 2013 as they went 16-4 and reached the NCAA championship for the 17th time in program history.

Against the Saints, goalie Dominic Lamolinara made six saves in 30 minutes of action to earn the win for the Orange. Bobby Wardwell (five saves) and Evan Malloy (one save) also played goal for Syracuse.

“I thought guys were ready to play right from the beginning and came out and got some early goals,” Syracuse coach John Desko said. “As the first quarter went on we kind of controlled the game. I thought the offense was pretty patient.”

Donohue tied a career-high in goals as did Rice in assists. Six of Donahue’s eight goals (75 percent) came via passes from Rice.

Donahue’s eight scores were the most for the Orange since Gary Gait had eight against Army on March 26, 1988. Rice’s eight assists were the most by an SU player since Casey Powell’s eight against Loyola in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.

Also on Monday, Randy Staats finished with a goal and two assists for the Orange and Dylan Maltz tallied a goal and an assist in a balanced effort.

Syracuse led 8-3 through one quarter and 13-4 at halftime. Leading 3-2, Syracuse would score 10 of the next 12 goals, including runs of four and five goals to take control.

The Orange then blanked Siena, 4-0 in the third quarter to build a 17-4 advantage.

Richie Hurley scored four goals to pace the Saints (0-1).

Monday’s game was Syracuse’s earliest season opener in school history by five days, as the previous one occurred on Feb. 15, 2009 when the Orange routed Providence at the Carrier Dome, 22-3.

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