The top-ranked Syracuse Orange celebrated Senior Day by defeating Colgate 13-7 at the Carrier Dome.
Colgate was attempting to defeat Syracuse for the third consecutive time, but Syracuse showed quickly that today's outcome would be different.
Syracuse scored the first four goals of the game within ten minutes.
After goals by Keny Nims and Jovan Miller, Syracuse's superior quickness was exemplified as Joel White scored a long-stick goal when he intercepted a pass and scored with goalkeeper Tim Harrington caught out of his cage.
The Raiders managed a goal by Rob Bosco but were out shot 15 to three in the first period.
Colgate possessed the ball much more in the second quarter, but tight defense from the Orange, led by Sid Smith and John Lade, caused most of their shots to be way off target. Syracuse took the momentum and a 6-2 lead into the half as Dan Hardy scored as time expired.
Syracuse continued its dominance over 19th-ranked Colgate by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter, included in those three was the first goal of the season by junior transfer Cody Jamieson.
With the Raiders losing 10-3 with under three minutes left in the third quarter, Colgate senior Brandon Corp showed why he is leading the nation in points per game. He registered three straight assists and a goal, to cut the Orange lead to 10-7 with about ten minutes remaining in the game.
That was as close as Colgate would get as Syracuse closed out the scoring with goals by Jake Moulton, Scott Kahoe, and Tim Desko.
Syracuse improved its record to 12-2 with losses only to Virginia and Princeton. Colgate falls to to 9-6, still stinging from its recent loss to Navy 9-8 in triple overtime in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.
Brandon Corp of Colgate extended his scoring streak to 48 games.
Not only was it Senior Day, but it was also Syracuse's 200th men's lacrosse game in the Carrier Dome. Dating back to 1981, Syracuse is now 176-24 all-time at the Dome.
On Sunday, the 16-team NCAA field will be announced on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
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