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College lacrosse: Maryland cruises past Syracuse, 16-8

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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team received a rude reception in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut on Saturday.

Connor Cannizzaro and Jay Carlson each scored three goals and assisted on another as No. 7 Maryland rolled past the top-ranked Orange, 16-8, at the Carrier Dome.

The Terrapins generated an eight-goal run in the second quarter to break open a close game and went on to build a 12-5 halftime edge.

“Not much to say other than my hat is off to Maryland,” Syracuse coach John Desko said. “I thought they handled the pressure of coming into the Carrier Dome extremely well. They had a couple of freshmen running around out there that didn’t seem intimidated at all. I thought they played very well and had a good game plan.”

Matt Rambo, Mike Chanenchuk and Charlie Raffa tallied two goals each for Maryland (3-0, 1-0), which outscored Syracuse 14-5 after the first quarter, including 10-2 in the second, to take control.

Goalkeeper Niko Amato went the distance in net for the Terps and finished with 11 saves.

Redshirt junior Henry Schoonmaker scored three goals to pace the Orange (2-1, 0-1) and redshirt sophomore Dylan Donahue tallied three points, including two assists. Derek Maltz, Kevin Rice and Randy Staats each contributed a goal and an assist.

Senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara made seven saves, including six in the opening quarter, before he was replaced with 6:23 left in the first half by junior Bobby Wardwell, who totaled nine second-half saves.

Syracuse scored two goals on its first three shots and led 3-2 after the first quarter. A man-up tally by Maltz 2 minutes, 23 seconds into the second period pushed SU’s edge to 4-2.

The Terps went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead 10-4 as six of the goals came within 2:26, including two man-up goals after the Orange were assessed 30-second penalties for too many faceoff violations.

nNOTES: The loss ends Syracuse’s three-game home winning streak ... The Terps now lead the all-time series with the Orange, 10-4. ... Maryland’s margin of victory was the largest for a Syracuse opponent since 2007 when Johns Hopkins defeated the Orange, 17-9. ... In addition to his two goals, Raffa was 19-for-26 (.731) at the faceoff X and tied his career high with 11 ground balls. ... The Orange resume its ACC schedule at Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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