SYRACUSE, NY – The 15th-ranked Syracuse men’s lacrosse team outscored visiting Johns Hopkins 6-1 in the fourth quarter as the Orange scored a 14-10 come-from-behind win before a crowd of 3,950 at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Blue Jays, who slip to 2-3, while the Orange improve to 3-2 and have won three of their last four.
The Blue Jays led 5-1 early, 8-7 at the half and still led 9-8 entering the fourth quarter, but Syracuse scored three goals in a 61-second span early in the final period to turn the 9-8 deficit into an 11-9 lead they would never relinquish.
An extra-man goal by Jamie Trimboli – which came with the Blue Jays down two-men – tied the game at the 11:35 mark and Jacob Buttermore added the second of his three goals on the day 49 seconds later. When Brett Kennedy scored in an unsettled situation just 12 seconds later, the Orange had their 11-9 lead.
That lead held for just over three minutes before David Lipka scored on an ally dodge to make it 12-9. Johns Hopkins got one back just 12 seconds after Lipka scored as junior Matt Hubler scored off the ensuing faceoff to slice the deficit to 12-10, but Buttermore completed his hat trick just 35 seconds later and Griffin Cook added the insurance goal with 3:30 on the clock to close out the scoring.
The end of the game was the opposite of the beginning, which featured the 5-1 game-opening run for Johns Hopkins. Senior midfielder Alex Concannon scored twice, including once on extra-man, and Cole Williams, Kyle Marr and Jack Keogh all scored for Johns Hopkins before the game was 12 minutes old to stake the Blue Jays to the early four-goal lead.
That lead was cut in half by the end of the first quarter as Brendan Curry and Brandley Voigt both scored in the final 99 seconds of the period to make it 5-3. Curry got his left hand free on the wing and Voigt went behind-the-back with 4.9 seconds remaining in the period to account for the two-goal margin after one.
Syracuse scored three of the first four goals of the second quarter to pull even at 6-6 and matching extra-man goals by Marr and Voigt forced the second of what would be four times in the game late in the second quarter (7-7). Freshman Joey Esptein gave the Blue Jays the 8-7 halftime lead as he wrapped one around Syracuse goalie Drake Porter with 1:15 remaining before halftime. A pair of Ryan Darby saves for Johns Hopkins in the final seconds of the half secured the one-goal halftime lead for the Blue Jays.
A total of 25 combined shots in the third quarter netted just two goals – the first of Buttermore’s three and a Forry Smith strike in the final five minutes – to send the game into the final period with JHU nursing a 9-8 lead. That lead held for just over three minutes, before Trimboli’s extra-man goal ignited the game-ending run for the Orange.
Marr (2g, 1a), Epstein (2g) and Concannon (2g) all posted multi-goal games for Johns Hopkins, which also got a career-high 18 saves from Darby.
Buttermore’s three goals paced Syracuse, which also got two goals from Trimboli, Voigt and Peter Dearth. Porter made 13 saves in goal and Danny Varello (9-of-14) and Jakob Phaup (8-of-14) combined to win 17-of-28 faceoffs.
Johns Hopkins will have a quick turnaround before its next game as the Blue Jays will host Mount St. Mary’s at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 12.
Notes: Marr extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 games with his two goals today and moved into a tie for 28th place on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with Adam Doneger (2000-03) as his two today give him 91 • Epstein has at least two points in each of his first five career games • Sophomore Jared Reinson had career highs with three caused turnovers and five ground balls • The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for Johns Hopkins in the month of March • JHU is now 7-1 all-time in games played on March 9.