Today at 7 PM in the Dome, the No. 8 Syracuse Orange (5-3, 3-0) look to continue to ride their two-game win streak as they take on the Hobart Statesmen (4-5, 1-1). Hobart is the first unranked team the Orange will face off against since beating unranked Binghamton 21-4 in February.
Up for grabs tonight is the Kraus-Simmons Trophy, a trophy presented to the winner of the matchup between these two teams in their annual showdown. The Kraus-Simmons Trophy was first awarded to the Statesmen 1986 with their first of three career wins over Syracuse. The Orange have won 28 of the 31 previous matchups, and the trophy has resided in Syracuse for most of its existence.
The trophy is named for the legendary Orange head coach Roy Simmons Sr. and Babe Kraus of Hobart. Simmons Sr. coached at Syracuse from 1931-1970 and won 253 career games with the Orange. During his time at Hobart, Kraus led his teams to 208 career wins.
There is a rich history between these two programs. The first lacrosse game in Syracuse’s program history was against Hobart in 1916, losing to the Statesmen 9-1. Tonight’s meeting with be the 104th between the two teams, with Syracuse leading 75-26-2 record all-time against Hobart. The last time the Division III Statesmen were able to overcome the Orange was in 2013.
Its been an exciting two weeks for the Orange, moving up to No. 8 in both national polls with their wins against No. 3 Duke and No. 6 Notre Dame. Both of those teams have since moved down in ranking since their losses to Syracuse over the last two weeks.
Redshirt Senior Dom Madonna was named NCAA Lacrosse Player of the Week this week after tying his career-high 13 saves against Syracuse’s 10-6 win over Notre Dame in last weeks matchup. Madonna was able to hold the Fighting Irish to just six goals, their lowest scoring game this season. Madonna’s performance also earned him his second season title of ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
The Statesmen are coming off of their best offensive performance yet this season, overcoming Canisius College 19-9 last week. If Madonna and the rest of the Syracuse defense perform like they did against Notre Dame, the Orange should run away with this one.