There was plenty of cause for celebration on the field Saturday as the Orange looks for a bid in the NCAA Tournament after a dominating 17-5 win against Colgate. SU finishes the regular season 8-6. Syracuse is sitting on the bubble of the tournament, making it difficult to determine whether this win is enough to grant them a spot. But they made their case in dominating fashion.
It was Senior Day in the Dome, and the five seniors on the team - Ryan Simmons, Dom Madonna, Seth Delisle, Matt Land and Brendan Bomberry - hope the game wasn’t the last of their collegiate careers.
Madonna was focused and ready for Colgate’s famous offense, which is ranked top 10 nationwide, and saved the vast majority of 12 shots on goal. Syracuse’s solid defense was complemented by its strong offense led by Bomberry with four goals and one assist, bringing his two-year SU career total to 71 points. Bomberry’s family lined the bleachers to witness his stellar performance and Madonna enjoyed walking out arm-in-arm with his parents, but the sentiments of the day didn’t diminish the players’ focus, Madonna said. “We kind of take care of all the emotional stuff at the beginning of the game. We had our nice walkouts, it’s really nice to have your parents with you. But you’ve got to kind of turn that off and then turn the game time back on,” the goalkeeper said. “It was nice to get the win on Senior Day … but we were treating it like a playoff game.” It wasn’t just the seniors who carried the team to their win today; redshirt freshman David Lipka made the first goal for Cuse five minutes into the first quarter, and the Orange continued to gain momentum from there. Though both teams were nearly equally-matched when it came to faceoffs, Colgate struggled to gain control of the ball otherwise. The Raiders suffered a high turnover rate and struggled to beat the Orange to ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Griffin Brown led the team in scoring two of its five goals, but it wasn’t enough. Colgate had beaten Cornell, and Cornell had dominated the Orange back in early April, making the final point disparity ever more surprising.
Jacob Buttermore was the big name in the final quarter as the freshman midfielder made his first three goals of the season. Several other younger players, like sophomore Jamie Trimboli and junior Nate Solomon, also had the opportunity to get some goals under their belt. Coach John Desko noted he was glad for the opportunity to get younger players on the field.
“We wanted to take care of business first, win the game. And fortunately with the score we were able to get some other guys in get some seniors in, guys who haven’t played a lot this year,” Desko said in a press conference following the game. Syracuse will find out Sunday night if its been selected as one of the teams selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.