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Fast Reactions: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 8-7 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins

Ally Moreo | Photo Editor

Nick Mariano tied the game at seven in the final minute of regulation, setting up SU for yet another one-goal finish.

BALTIMORE — Syracuse coughed up a three-goal, second-half lead but the Orange managed to come back as it has all season to beat storied rival Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon.

In Syracuse head coach John Desko’s 300th game, the No. 6 Orange (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) staved off JHU’s comeback to win, 8-7, against No. 14 Johns Hopkins (4-3). Syracuse starts the season 2-0 on the road for the first time since 2013.

Here are three quick takeaways from Syracuse’s win.

Brendan Bomberry plays the hero

After Desko took a timeout right after Ben Williams won the overtime’s only faceoff, senior midfielder Sergio Salcido found Brendan Bomberry in front of the crease for the game-winning goal 1:02 into overtime period. Since coming to Syracuse, the junior Denver transfer has used his box lacrosse skills to excel in front of the net and he converted a play he’s made all season long.

Syracuse knows drama

Syracuse tied the longest streak in its 101-year-old program history with five straight games decided by one goal. Syracuse has managed its high-wire act all season long — escaping Albany, falling to Army, beating Virginia and St. John’s — and did so again to evade Johns Hopkins’ best efforts to spoil the Orange’s lead on Saturday afternoon. The Orange triumphed in its fifth overtime game against Johns Hopkins since 2005.

Shutdown defense

After weeks of goal-scoring track races for both teams, Saturday’s game in Baltimore became an endurance test. Syracuse scored the only goal of the second quarter on 17 shots between the two teams and pulled out an unexpected 3-2 halftime lead. The Orange’s defensive unit remained on lockdown throughout the second half as goalie Evan Molloy made seven saves and close defender Scott Firman locked down on Johns Hopkins star attack Shack Stanwick. Firman held Stanwick, one of the country’s best attacks averaging over three points per game, goalless. Stanwick orchestrated the offense from behind the crease but could only watch as Bomberry sent everyone home.

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