SYRACUSE The Syracuse University mens lacrosse team broke through with their first victory in the Atlantic Athletic Conference on Saturday.
Kevin Rice scored the game-winning goal with two minutes, five seconds remaining in regulation as the No. 10-ranked Orange edged No. 7 Notre Dame, 11-10 before a turnout of 5,454 at the Carrier Dome.
Its a great win for us, Syracuse coach John Desko said. For Notre Dame to come in here having the success theyve had, especially their stingy defense, and we were able to put up double figures. That was big. It was a great total team effort coming off last weeks loss. It meant that much more for us to come out and play well.
Rice registered a game-high six points on four goals and two assists for Syracuse, which improved to 5-3, including 1-3 in the conference. He paced a starting attack unit that combined for 10 of the Oranges 11 goals. Fellow attackmen Derek Maltz and Dylan Donahue contributed three goals each and Randy Staats recorded a career-high three assists.
But Rice was quick to credit senior faceoff man Chris Daddio as the single biggest reason for the Oranges victory.
I couldnt be more proud of Chris and how he played today, Rice said. We played pretty awful last week in every aspect of the game, but Chris catches most of the blame. Thats why it was so huge that he came out and played the way he did today. He deserves most of the credit for the win.
Daddio won 15 of 24 (.624) draws, out dueling Liam OConnor of Notre Dame (4-3, 2-1) who entered the game second nationally in faceoff winning percentage.
Connor Doyle scored four goals to pace Notre Dame.