Men's lacrosse: Explosive fourth quarter propels Orange past St. John's

A late 7-0 run helps SU cruise to its fifth-straight victory.

On Sunday against Virginia, Syracuse took a commanding lead early in the first half and never looked back.

But against St. John's, the Orange was forced to "storm" back for its victory.

SU ripped off a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 14-6 win over the Red Storm in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Saturday. Randy Staats scored a team-high five goals, as the Orange erased an early 4-0 deficit to continue its unbeaten streak.

Staats broke the early shutout with his first goal off an assist from Kevin Rice. The SU senior attackman had four helpers during the game and added one goal of his own.

Syracuse would score the next six goals of the game before Corey Haynes scored a pair of goals in the final minute of the third quarter to keep the Red Storm within one.

But the final period belonged to SU. Staats scored three times, with Peter Macartney adding his first tally of the season.

Bobby Wardwell made nine saves in goal for Syracuse.

The Orange returns to the Carrier Dome next Saturday for a 2 p.m. battle with Johns Hopkins.

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