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

first_img Published on April 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: | @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

NASCAR starting lineup at Homestead: Denny Hamlin on pole after rain alters schedule

first_imgThe final race of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to begin in mid-afternoon and end in the evening in South Florida. NBC will televise the race; it is the last of seven races the network will show on broadcast TV this season. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBC, Sunday’s race at Homestead is available via live stream on the NBC Sports App and’s Tadd Haislop contributed to this report. The Championship 4 will be the first four on the starting grid Sunday in the final race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.Rain at Homestead-Miami Speedway caused NASCAR to cancel Friday’s practice session and Saturday’s qualifying session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 and assign starting positions based on owner points. The four drivers competing for the Cup Series title this weekend — Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch — will start in positions 1-4, respectively. MORE: Harvick sees benefits of being a lone wolfHamlin claimed the pole by virtue of his victory in last week’s Round of 8 race at Phoenix and his fourth-place finish at Martinsville earlier in the round. Harvick and Truex won the other Round of 8 races but Harvick was fifth at Phoenix and Truex was sixth at Texas. Second-best finish in the round is a tiebreaker, per Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass. Busch’s best Round of 8 finish was second at Phoenix.Cup teams will now practice during the time they were supposed to qualify on Saturday afternoon (2-2:55 p.m. ET).NASCAR starting lineup at Homestead for Ford EcoBoost 400POS.CAR NO.DRIVER111DENNY HAMLIN24KEVIN HARVICK319MARTIN TRUEX JR.418KYLE BUSCH522JOEY LOGANO642KYLE LARSON712RYAN BLANEY82BRAD KESELOWSKI924WILLIAM BYRON1014CLINT BOWYER119CHASE ELLIOTT1288ALEX BOWMAN131KURT BUSCH1410ARIC ALMIROLA156RYAN NEWMAN1620ERIK JONES1741DANIEL SUAREZ1848JIMMIE JOHNSON1921PAUL MENARD2037CHRIS BUESCHER2195MATT DIBENEDETTO223AUSTIN DILLON2317RICKY STENHOUSE JR.2413TY DILLON258DANIEL HEMRIC2647RYAN PREECE2743BUBBA WALLACE2834MICHAEL MCDOWELL2932COREY LAJOIE3036JOHN H. NEMECHEK3138DAVID RAGAN3215JOE NEMECHEK3300LANDON CASSILL3451JJ YELEY3577REED SORENSON3627ROSS CHASTAIN3796DREW HERRING3852JOSH BILICKI3953BJ MCLEOD4066TIMMY HILLWhat time does the Homestead playoff race start?Air time: 3 p.m. ET (green flag at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET)TV channel: NBClast_img read more