Tuesday Notebook; The Kraus-Simmons Trophy is Staying in Syracuse, Great games on the Island and In Jersey

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   On a Tuesday in which we only had three games there was a lot of action. We had the 104th playing of a historic rivalry, a defensive game on the Island, and a road win in New Jersey. In all there was a lot of exciting lacrosse played on this Tuesday night!

Monmouth 10, Lafayette 11

     The Lafayette Leopards traveled to West Long Branch, NJ to take on the Monmouth Hawks. Laftyette had been on a eight game losing streak. Well, the Leopards snapped that stream with a 11-10 win over Monmouth. This game was truly one of runs. Lafayette started the scoring off early, but at late in the first quarter Monmouth went on a three goal run until Monmouth broke it to end the first quarter. The Score at the half was 5-3 in favor of Lafayette. As the third quarter started Monmouth extend their goal streak to four, including the last goal of the first half. The fourth quarter was just a montage of scoring as there were eight goals scored between the two teams. That's a lot of goals for in one quarter.
   These two teams looked to be pretty even as they played a very close one. The top contributors for Lafayette were midfielder Bryan Hess, attackman Seth Obadia, and attackman Connor Walters. Hess had 4 points and 3 ground balls, Obadia had 3 goals, and Walters had 3 goals and 1 assist. In the cage Wes Moshier had 11 total saves.
   Some of the guys that stood out for Monmouth were attackman Bryce Wesserman and attckman Hunter Jones. Wesserman had a total of of 4 goals, 1 assist, and 1 ground ball. Jones had 1 goal and 1 assist.
     The next game for Monmouth will a home contest on Saturday against NJIT. For Lafayette their next game will be a conference game (Patriot League) on the road at Holy Cross. Both of these teams should have a good chance to win their next games on Saturday.

Syracuse 11, Hobart 4

   In the 104th meeting of these two schools Syracuse took this game pretty easy. So, the Kraus-Simmons Trophy will be staying in Syracuse. Honestly, Syracuse and Hobart are just on two different levels. The offense for Syracuse looked unstoppable. The defense for the Orange was just as impressive. Dom Madonna, Syracuse goalie, was playing at an All-American level once again. Madonna really was the anchor for Syracuse in this game. Hobart looked good at certain parts of the game. I thought that they played very hard and when given an opportunity they could do something. They could possibly be a sleeper in the NEC. 
   Some guys that made heavy contributions for the Orange were attackman Stephen Rehfuss, attackman Nate Soloman, and Midfielder Jamie Trimboli. They all had some very good contributions to the Cuse offense. Rehfuss had 2 goals and 4 assist, Soloman with 2 goals and 2 assist, Trimboli had 2 goals and 1 assist. As I mentioned, Dom Madonna had another outstanding game. Madonna played all but a three minutes in the fourth and he had 9 saves and only allowed 4 goals obviously. Also, Nick Mellen was his usual self and again looked like one of the best defenseman in the country.
   For Hobart midfielders Ryan Archer and Bryan Hancock were their main contributors. Archer had 1 goal as Hacock had 1 goal and 1 assist. In cage for the Statesman Sam Lucchesi made 11 saves. the Statesman lead the game at the faceoff dot as Matthew Pedicine went 10-18.  One area where Hobart struggled in most was turnovers, as they had 16 of them. 
   Syracuse will not have a game until next Tuesday when they will take on a very high powered Cornell team. Hobart will take on conference foe (NEC) Robert Morris on Saturday. 

Stony Brook 8, St. John's 6

   In this New York City Metro match up it was a very close and defensive filled game. This game was very close until the finally whistle. You can easily see that just by looking at the final score. Coming into this game I thought that St. John's might have an edge, but I was not counting out the Seawolves of Stony Brook. This game was on their home turf and they got the upper hand in the end. These teams really did go back and fourth the entire game as the most goals that were scored in a row by one team was two. Also, there were a whole host of guys from both teams that were able to fins the back of the net. I would also have to say that defense was pivotal in this game. Both teams played very well on the defensive end. 
   For Stony Brook attackmans Tom Haun and Chris Pickel were the top contributors on offense. Each had 2 goals and Haun had 1 assist to add as well. Really, many people contributed on offense but these guys just had the most goals.
   The Johnnies saw contributions from midfielder Mike Madsen and attackman Jason Debenedictis. Madsen had 3 goals while Debenedicts had 2 goals. 
   The next games up for each of these teams will be on Saturday. Stony Brook will take on Princeton on the road and St. John's will have a game against Big east foe Marquette at home. I think that St. John's vs Marquette game will be really good.


   Syracuse vs Hobart