No. 2 Syracuse (1-0) got off to a fast start and went on to defeat No. 13 Denver (0-1) by the score of 13-7 in the season opener for both teams Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange scored six times in the opening quarter and never trailed in winning its 15th consecutive season opener.
Sophomore JoJo Marasco and senior Stephen Keogh had two goals and two assists each to lead the Orange offense. In addition, SU got two goals apiece from redshirt junior Tim Desko and senior midfielders Jovan Miller and Josh Amidon. Junior Tommy Palasek tied his career high with two assists in his SU debut.
“Much like we’ve had the last few years, we have had different guys step up in different games,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Instead of just relying on one person to score five or six goals, we have been able to hurt people with a bunch of guys scoring one, two, or three goals per game. We like to share it, and I think we are pretty unselfish offensively.”
The Orange lit up the scoreboard early. Syracuse rattled off four consecutive unassisted goals in the first 8:01, including an interception and transition score by Marasco, to grab a 4-0 advantage over the Pioneers. A goal by Denver’s John Zurlo at the 6:49 mark stopped the run. However, as he’s done so often in his career, senior Jeremy Thompson won the ensuing faceoff and scored himself six seconds later to reclaim a four-goal lead for the Orange.