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Hobart ruins Syracuse’s regular-season home finale, 13-12

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SYRACUSE — Hobart College found a way to spoil Syracuse University’s final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night.

Trailing by two goals at halftime, the Statesmen allowed only four goals in the second half and went on to hold off the Orange, 13-12, in a nonconference game at the Carrier Dome.

While losing for the first time in five games, Syracuse (9-3), which is ranked third and fifth nationally, also had its home winning streak halted at six.

Alex Love totaled seven points, including six goals, to pace Hobart (6-6), which competes in the ECAC Lacrosse League.

Cam Stone scored six goals for the Statesmen and Derek Akner chipped in with two goals.

Goalie Peter Zonino finished with 18 saves for Hobart, including five stops in the pivotal fourth quarter.

It was the fourth consecutive one-goal decision for the Orange, including wins over Princeton, Cornell and Rutgers before Tuesday’s setback.

Syracuse used a four-goal run in the second quarter to build an 8-6 advantage by halftime.

Later, Hobart would pull within 10-9 on Love’s man-up goal one minute, 28 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Derek Maltz and Dylan Donohue each followed with an unassisted goal and Syracuse led 12-9 with 11:36 remaining in regulation.

But Hobart responded with four unanswered goals to close the game, including a pair of tallies from Akner, and the game-winner from Love on an unassisted effort with 2:13 left.

The Orange outshot the Statesmen, 46-29, including 25-15 in the decisive second half.

Kevin Rice scored a goal and assisted on three others for Syracuse, and Donohue scored three goals.

JoJo Marasco generated two goals and an assist for the Orange, Maltz scored two goals, while Luke Cometti, Matt Walters and Matt Pratt rounded out the scoring.

Dominic Lamolinara, who finished with seven saves, was dealt just his second loss of the season from eight decisions.

Syracuse returns to Big East play when it plays at Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Orange concludes its regular season at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 against conference opponent Notre Dame in East Rutherford, N.J.

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