It’s not often Syracuse men’s lacrosse (3-3, 1-0) finds itself with a .500 record, but that’s exactly where the Orange sits after Sunday’s 14-10 loss to #16 Rutgers (6-2, 0-0).
The Scarlet Knights’ decisive win started out a competitive game, and even looked to be in SU’s favor through much of the first quarter.
Syracuse held the ball long enough to active a shot clock warning on the opening possession before redshirt sophomore Stephen Rehfuss put in the game’s first goal.
Rutgers’ attacker Jules Heningburg put one in the back of the net shortly after to tie the game, starting his big day on offense. The senior finished the day with six goals, matching his career high.Heninburg was the only Scarlet Knight to score in the first quarter, which ended with Syracuse ahead 4-2.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that Rutgers found a groove on offense. A man-up goal by junior Josh Jordan started a key three-goal run for the Scarlet Knights which gave them a 5-4 lead. Redshirt sophomore Riley O’Sullivan tied it up for the Orange with the final goal of the half.
Senior midfielder Brendan Bomberry opened up scoring in the second half after another long opening possession for the Orange. Rutgers’ Ryan Gallagher responded shortly after to bring the game back to a draw. After more than five minutes of scoreless play, redshirt junior Casey Rose scored to give the lead back to the Scarlet Knights.
Junior attacker Nate Solomon scored two straight goals for the Orange, giving the team an 8-7 lead. For the rest of the 3rd, and most of the 4th quarter, Syracuse went scoreless. Jules Heningburg matched Solomon with two straight goals of his own to regain the lead for Rutgers, and one more score from redshirt senior Christian Mazzone gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-8 lead going into the final quarter.
Syracuse goalie Dom Madonna made two consecutive saves early in the 4th quarter to keep his team alive, but it was clear that Heningburg and Rutgers had an edge at this point in the game.
Four more goals for the Scarlet Knights, including Heningburg’s fifth and sixth of the day, put an exclamation point on the win. Brendan Bomberry put in two late goals for the Orange, but by this point, Rutgers had already milked the clock down too far.
The Orange returns to action Saturday against #3 Duke. First faceoff from Durham, North Carolina is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.