Syracuse Ends Tumultuous Day, Regular Season on High Note

PHOTO BY RICH BARNES

Syracuse freshman Owen Hiltz, one of several players wearing "1OVE" messages on their helmets as teammate Chase Scanlan faced a domestic violence-related charge in court, scored seven goals in a 21-14 win over Robert Morris at the Carrier Dome.


As suspended Syracuse lacrosse star Chase Scanlan faced a domestic violence-related charge in court Friday, his Orange teammates sent multiple messages in a 21-14 win over Robert Morris in their regular season finale Friday at the Carrier Dome.

Several Syracuse players wore athletic tape on their helmets inscribed with the word “1OVE” or showed similar displays in support of the One Love Foundation, which educates young people about abusive relationships.

The Orange then bolstered their NCAA tournament resume with a convincing display of speed and skill on offense, if not for their shaky defense in an entertaining up-and-down game befitting of both teams’ appetite for transition.







Syracuse’s 21 goals were its most in a game this season. Freshman Owen Hiltz (seven goals, two assists) and junior Owen Seebold (five goals, two assists) led the way for the Orange (7-5), whose No. 6 RPI and two wins over Virginia should be enough to earn an at-large bid when the NCAA tournament selections are announced Sunday.

Syracuse won 20 of 26 first-half faceoffs but led just 14-10 at halftime, as Robert Morris shot nearly 50 percent and got a late goal from Ryan Smith, who corralled a desperation full-field heave and took it in to score with one second left. It was Smith’s fifth goal of the half.

The Orange morphed into the more methodical version of themselves in the second half, controlling possession for longer periods of time and pulling away from the Colonials (7-5), who played this entire season on the road as an independent. Smith finished with seven goals on 7-for-10 shooting.

Syracuse faceoff specialist Jakob Phaup exited the game briefly after absorbing a body check in the first quarter but came back to finish 24-for-32 with 16 ground balls.

Lehigh Advances to Patriot League Final

John Sidorski had three goals and three assists, leading top-seeded Lehigh to a 13-9 win over Colgate in the Patriot League semifinals Friday in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Mountain Hawks (10-1), ranked No. 8 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20, rebounded from a lopsided loss to Villanova in its regular season finale last week.

“It was disappointing to lose versus Villanova, but this week in practice we reset,” Sidorski said on CBS Sports Network after the game. “We put it behind us and we’re ready to keep going.”

Lehigh will face either No. 9 Army or No. 16 Loyola in the Patriot League championship game Sunday. The Mountain Hawks advanced despite committing 23 turnovers, their second straight game with 20-plus miscues. They were just 20-for-26 (76.9 percent) clearing the ball after going 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) against Villanova.

Lehigh will play in its third straight conference final and has made it to the championship game in six of the last nine seasons.

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