Syracuse comes back for 9-7 win over No. 9 Army
As he ran to the Syracuse sideline, Jamie Trimboli was mobbed by teammates. After high-fives to players and coaches, Trimboli took off his helmet and sprayed water into his hair.
The SU senior midfielder had just scored his fourth goal of the game, and third goal in five minutes, to bring the Orange back from a 5-2 halftime deficit.
Trimboli's three straight scores early in the second half brought SU back into the game, and his fifth goal gave Syracuse its first lead. After putting up its lowest offensive output of any half this season through the first two quarters, Syracuse clawed back on the shoulders of Trimboli. Second half adjustments allowed the No. 5 Orange (3-0) to open space in the middle of the field and overcome a suffocating Army defense to defeat the No. 9 Black Knights (3-2), 9-7 in the Carrier Dome Sunday afternoon.
At half, SU goaltender Drake Porter had 10 saves - only six shy of his all-time record, recorded in last year's matchup against the Black Knights. By 10:50 in the fourth, Porter had matched his career-best.
After continually being stonewalled by Porter early, the Black Knights opened the scoring with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter. Brendan Nichtern stepped toward the cage and dumped the ball low to an open Miles Silva who beat Porter.
The Orange slid early and often to Nichtern all game. While Brett Kennedy was tasked with the bulk of coverage duties, Nick Dipietro often left his man to pressure the Black Knight's lead attack. While the close coverage prevented the 2019 30-goal scorer from finding the net more than twice, it allowed Nichtern to find open teammates low throughout the first half.
With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Nichtern drew Kenendy and Dipietro to push up on him, leaving Sean O'Brien open at the side of the cage. While both SU defenders reached for the high pass from Nichtern, O'Brien easily took the pass, faked high, and bounced the ball under Porter's stick for a 2-1 lead.
On Army's third man-up possession of the first half, early in the second quarter, Jacob Morin took a pass on top of the ACC logo just 15 yards from Porter's net. Morin ripped an uncontested shot over Porter's shoulder that the SU goalie could only flinch at. After the shot ripped into the twine, Morin turned to his sideline, opening his arms wide and jumping into a pile of cheering Black Knights.
Out of halftime, Brendan Curry took the ball up the right alley and after dodging wide, he passed into the middle to an uncovered Trimboli. Trimboli wired a shot by Schupler to cut Army's second half lead to two.
Less than a minute later, Trimboli cut to the cage from the middle once again, took a pass from the right alley from Curry, again, and wired home a shot, again.
A minute later he did it once more. Just five minutes into the second half, the game was evened at five.
After Army built back a two-goal lead, Tucker Dordevic took the ball behind the net with nine minutes remaining. Sprinting and dodging from X, Dordevic skirted Army's crease before turning and releasing a shot high and in. On the exact same play 40 seconds later Lipka stepped out from behind the cage and wired the same shot, from the same place, into the same top right part of Army's net. A play that had resulted in shots high and wide from Dordevic and Griffin Cook all game finally worked, and brought the game even.
Minutes later, Trimboli took two steps to the right, quickly cut back left and had space on his man. He cocked back a shot and bounced his fifth of the game past Schupler for SU's first lead.
With 4:55 remaining, Curry, who had assisted on two of Trimboli's goals, added his second goal of the contest. With 2:45 left, Silva took a pass in the middle, where he scored two previous goals, but this time was stared down by Drake Porter's stick as SU's fans stood and cheered. The ball was frantically thrown out of the Orange's defensive zone as the game's final seconds ticked off.
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