Just when you thought things were settling down, perhaps the hottest team in the country suffers a devastating loss to rival Hobart.
Syracuse and Hobart play for the Kraus-Simmons trophy every year, symbolizing the upstate New York rivalry that has been dominated by Syracuse. Syracuse, coming off of huge wins and a big jump in the national rankings, held a three-goal lead in the fourth quarter, only to see a Hobart rally defeat them in the Carrier Dome.
Hobart's Alex Love scored unassisted with 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter to take a 13-12 lead his team would not relinquish. It was Love's sixth goal of the game. He also added an assist.
Perhaps a bigger hero than Love came from Hobart's defensive front. Goaltender Peter Zonino made 18 saves on his way to a 60 percent save rate for the day. His second-half heroics allowed Hobart to get some extra possessions that proved crucial to their powerful surge. Zonino's performance stood out, making a good case for the MVP of this game.
Syracuse will fall in the polls, but should still finish the season in good position for an at large bid. Their wins over Princeton and Cornell are the reason for their recent appearance in the Top Five, and those wins will still hold strong as we near selection Sunday.
In addition to Love's big day, Cam Stone had a hat trick while Derek Akner added two goals of his own.
Syracuse's Dylan Donahue scored three times in this one, while Kevin Rice had a goal and three assists.
Syracuse goaltender Dominic Lamolinara struggled, making seven stops while recording a lethargic 35 percent save rate.
Syracuse will have to recover quickly, as they still have two conference games on the docket. The Orange will finish the regular season with games away from home at Georgetown and Notre Dame.
Hobart, now 6-6, will look to get above .500 on the year as they face Loyola and Air Force in their final two games.
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