No. 2 Syracuse beats Hobart, 17-11, for sixth straight victory

first_img Published on April 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco UPDATED: April 6, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.GENEVA, N.Y. — From 1987 through 2016, Syracuse has had its way with Hobart. All but twice the Orange captured the Kraus-Simmons Trophy. But that didn’t stop a group of students from throwing eggs at the team bus pregame or the chants that followed after.Hobart kept the first quarter tight, trailing by just one goal. The student section responded during the layover with an expletive-laden chant. The game remained bitter in the second quarter, during which Nate Solomon scored his third goal of the game with three Hobart defenders draped around him. The sophomore attack’s celebration prefaced a one-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.“I lost my cool,” Solomon said before glancing toward SU head coach John Desko. “I’ll never do that again.”No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) struck first and never trailed in its 17-11 win on Wednesday night, even with Hobart (4-6, 1-1 Northeast) keeping the game close at Boswell Field. It extended the Orange’s dominance over Hobart since 1987, now having won 29 of the last 31 contests. Solomon and senior Nick Mariano both tied career highs as SU ended its program-record streak of seven consecutive one-goal games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMariano has led Syracuse’s offense during its six-game winning streak. He scored four goals and added three assists in the win, playing from the midfield for most of the game and drawing a short-stick defender. That gave him more room with which to work. During SU’s man-up opportunities, he scored three of his four goals.Mariano tied his career high in points at Syracuse, which came in the season opener against Siena. That was the last time an SU game wasn’t decided by one goal. The reigning two-time ACC Offensive Player of the Week, Mariano has strung together three straight games of three-plus goals.“It’s being up top a little more,” Mariano said. “It’s allowing me to be a little more free and get a short stick most of the time.”Colin Davy | Asst. Photo EditorFor three quarters, Hobart kept the game close. Up by three with under seven minutes in the third, Syracuse had a man-up opportunity and the chance to pull away. Man-up specialist Brad Voigt found the ball in front of the net, but he passed it off to the side, where Mariano stood unguarded. A top shelf shot put the Orange up by four. A little over three minutes later, Mariano scored again.“The pattern has been, for the last couple of years,” Hobart head coach Greg Raymond said, “fight with those guys for three quarters, keep it close. But this year, that didn’t happen.”As Mariano transitioned more toward the midfield, junior Brendan Bomberry joined senior Jordan Evans and Solomon on attack. The offense worked the ball around, finding most of its goals coming from off-ball cuts toward the net. Solomon took advantage of the opportunities, making acrobatic shots to extend Syracuse’s lead.Solomon’s first goal came two minutes and 52 seconds into the second quarter off a pass from senior midfielder Sergio Salcido, who finished with four assists for the second straight game. Stumbling toward the ground, Solomon turned and underhand-shoveled the ball past Hobart goalie Jackson Brown.“He’s a right spot at the right time kind of guy,” Raymond said. “That kid is a very opportunistic player, and he’s good in early offensive sets. Plus, he’s great off-ball too.”The sophomore capped off his three-goal second quarter with a pass from Paolo Ciferri in transition. Solomon faked a shot as three defenders converged. Knowing he’d get hit, Solomon ripped a shot past Brown.What happened after was left unclear, though Desko said Solomon talked trash to the opposition. The following quarter, Solomon re-entered and forced a turnover. He picked up the ground ball and, despite taking a hit, remained on his feet, charged toward the goal and scored.“Nate was pretty courageous,” Desko said. “He put himself in some situations off dodges where he knew he was going to get hit, but he held his poise the finish the ball.”As it did last year, Syracuse pulled away from Hobart down the stretch. With 8:52 left, Hobart scored to pull within three. The rest of the game was all Syracuse, which ended on a 4-1 run that dominated possession.Holding onto a safe lead and the clock winding down, the Orange sent out its backups. Dom Madonna replaced Evan Molloy, who made 17 saves in net, while the third midfield line made an appearance and added a goal — a Riley O’Sullivan score with 38.5 seconds remaining.After the game, Ryan Simmons ran over to grab the trophy named partially after his great grandfather. The rest of the team surrounded Simmons in celebration. In the middle of the sea of Orange stood Solomon and Mariano, the duo that contributed on 65 percent of SU’s goals.The teams’ 103rd matchup ended like many before it. And the Kraus-Simmons trophy will spend its fourth year in a row in Syracuse.CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, the number of years that Syracuse and Hobart have competed for the Kraus-Simmons trophy, since the second matchup, was unclear. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Joc Pederson ignites Dodgers’ comeback victory over Diamondbacks

first_imgJoc Pederson knows there are going to be games like Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he strikes out in his first three at-bats. But then there will also be moments like the seventh inning.Pederson jumped on a first-pitch fastball and launched it over the left-center-field wall for a tying home run that seemed ignite the Dodgers in a 6-4 victory over the Diamondbacks to win their third straight game and improve to 12-2 at home.“Joc got it started for us tonight,” said Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick, who singled home the red-hot Justin Turner for the go-ahead run in the seventh. “Joc is setting the tone, swinging well at the top of the order and doing it on defense, too.” Mattingly said he has been impressed with Pederson’s approach.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflect on Joc Pederson’s latest moment of brilliance“It shows basically how dangerous Joc is,” Mattingly said. “He hit the ball the opposite way and way up back in there.“I think Joc is going to make adjustments. Pitchers are already starting to do that in the game, the second time through, but he showed he can do it too. That’s why I think we think he’s going to be really good.”Pederson’s two-out homer — a mammoth 448-foot blast — brought the Dodger Stadium crowd of 43,617 to life and tied the score at 4-4.Turner followed with a double down into the right-field corner, and Kendrick pushed a single to right field to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single in the eighth inning for an insurance run.VIDEO: Watch Joc Pederson talk about the “next person approach” and what he is learning from the veterans“I don’t think anyone feels like they have to put the team on their back,” Pederson said. “If someone doesn’t do the job, the next person will pick them up. That’s part of being on great teams. We’re playing great baseball.“There’s a lot of experience out here. I’m just coming up and getting my feet wet and soaking it all in. A lot of guys are 10-year major-leaguers. They say it’s easier to get to the big leagues and tougher to stick, so obviously they are doing something right. I’m just doing as much as I can.”The Dodgers overcame a spotty spot start from Scott Baker, rallying from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits after he was hit hard in his second spot start as the Dodgers. He allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.The Dodgers are averaging 5.93 runs per game at home and have hit 24 homers in 14 home games. How tough is it to get into the Dodgers’ lineup?Third baseman Juan Uribe has a 10-game hitting streak but has not started in each of the last three games.Turner — Uribe’s replacement so to speak — hit a solo homer in the first inning, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Kendrick’s RBI single. Alex Guerrero — another third-base candidate — added a pinch-hit single in the eighth that set up Rollins’ RBI hit.Scott Van Slyke also continued to play well with an RBI single in the second inning and an outfield assist to nail Cliff Pennington trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.And Yasmani Grandal — mired in an 0-for-13 slump and batting just .179 entering the game — recorded a season-high three hits.“We keep talking about fighting through your at-bats with the team,” Mattingly said. “Continue to compete and make the guy fight for his outs.”The bullpen continued to assert itself for the Dodgers, combining for five scoreless innings to extend its streak to 19 consecutive scoreless innings over its last six games.Juan Nicasio threw three perfect innings with two strikeouts. Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Chris Hatcher made his second save for the Dodgers with a scoreless ninth, aided by pinch-hitter David Peralta’s ball hitting runner Jordan Pacheco to end it.“You always see something you’ve never seen before. To end the game like that … we’ll take it,” Mattingly said. Pederson became the first Dodgers rookie to hit homers in four consecutive games with an at-bat since Bill Sudeikis in 1969.It was also the third straight game Pederson has homered since being inserted into the leadoff spot and was able to make the necessary adjustments.VIDEO: Watch Joc Pederson break down his approach at the plate and the adjustments he is making“They made good pitches tonight, so sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap,” Pederson said. “If they execute, then they execute. You’ve just got to wait for something to handle.“I’ve stuck to my approach. You just have to look for your pitch. I swung at some of their pitches tonight. But you’ve got to be patient enough to wait for yours.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more