Men's lacrosse loses badly to Albany in ranked matchup

This was the lowest scored goals by SU since 2002.

After last week’s 21-4 win against Binghamton, Syracuse had plenty of momentum to begin their 2018 season.

The University of Albany, SUNY eradicated any momentum that the Orange had coming into Saturday. The third-ranked Great Danes defeated the seventh-ranked Orange 15-3 for just their second win in program history over Syracuse.

“Obviously we played outstanding defensively,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said after the win. “I thought we did a great job of not giving them great opportunities...kind of gave our offense a chance to get into a rhythm.”

Syracuse midfielder Jamie Trimboli opened the scoring, however Albany scored four straight times in the first half to give the visiting team a three-goal advantage at halftime. However, a disastrous third quarter led to Albany pulling away. Syracuse was outscored 7-1 in the 3rd.

“They started to make some of their shots in the 3rd quarter,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “A lot of the shots we took were just bad shots. Some of our shots were turnovers. The offense was hurried. We were behind and felt like we had to catch up. You can’t do that against a seasoned defense like theirs."

Syracuse attacker Nate Solomon and midfielder Kevin Hutchings added goals in the second half, however the deficit became too great for the Orange to come back.

As for Albany, all eyes were on attacker Tehoka Nanticoke, who made his collegiate debut for the Great Danes. Nanticoke was the number one overall high school prospect last year out of IMG Academy in Florida. Nanticoke scored five goals on 15 shots, outscoring the entire Syracuse team.

The Orange have a week off before hosting Army next Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Black Knights will come to Central New York with a perfect 3-0 record, after defeating Rutgers.

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